Local Bites: Better Byrd in St. Pete

I've always been a huge fan of the Ciccio Restaurant Group (CRG). From Fresh Kitchen to Daily Eats, they never seem to disappoint. And with the addition of a new restaurant concept in the Tampa Bay area, they are continuing to kill it. Better Byrd recently opened in St. Petersburg, next door to its sister restaurant, Fresh Kitchen, on 4th Street. Better Byrd is, according to CRG, "fast-food reimagined" - its focus is on 100% hormone-free chicken options, from sandwiches to bowls, and mini donuts to pair them with.

I was able to check out the CRG's new digs, and taste some of their favorite Better Byrd menu items. Check it ALL out:

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Bacon Sriracha Queso Fries

Sweet Potato Tots: Served with a whipped maple dip

The NumberOne: Buttermilk fried chicken, lettuce, house-made pickles and CluckSauce on a sesame bun or whole wheat wrap

The Cheesy Chick: Buttermilk fried chicken, whipped goat cheese, and pepper jelly on a homemade English muffin

My must-order picks:

  • Homemade Strawberry Lemonade: It's rare that I order lemonade when I go out - they tend to be too sweet for my liking; but, Better Byrd's house-made lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, the way lemonade should be!
  • Bacon Sriracha Queso Fries: The name in and of itself should explain why this is a must-order. Thin, crispy fries are doused with a creamy Sriracha queso and a good sprinkle of crumbled bacon. Word of advice: Always eat the queso fries first, as an appetizer and not as a side - they're way more enjoyable when fresh and hot.
  • The NumberOne: Original is the way to go. The housemade pickles on this baby are so deliciously and pickly tart, I'd order a side of them just to snack on.
  • Mini Donuts: My favorite flavors were the Lemon Papi Thyme, Cracker Jacks, Maple Bacon Walnut and Matcha Ginger - all were a great combination of both flavors and textures!

Better Byrd is located at 4447 4th Street North in St. Petersburg. It is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can view the menu here. For additional updates from Better Byrd, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by Better Byrd for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Better Byrd or Ciccio Restaurant Group.

Jennifer Thai