Not many restaurants can claim the distinction of having been around for 90 years.
The Blue Bird on the Centerville square opened in 1923, and ever since then it has been a place to meet with friends over a casual, tasty meal.
I associate the Blue Bird particularly with breakfast, so I had to go with some breakfast food. I ordered the South of the Border breakfast skillet, which consists of hash browns topped with sausage, green pepper, onion, two eggs prepared the way you prefer, pepper jack cheese and cheddar cheese for $6.49. Other breakfast offerings include buttermilk pancakes, fresh-baked Belgian waffles, French toast and two-egg omelets with toast.
The Blue Bird has more than breakfast, though; my sister tried the jumbo tender pork loin for $5.99. The restaurant serves an entire menu page of sandwiches, along with salads, value meals and two “blue plate specials:” hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy for $5.99 or the hot tenderloin sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy for $6.99. And there are several options for sweet endings: fresh-baked pie, ice cream, a hot brownie sundae or a root beer float.
The restaurant is full of fun, quirky items, like a traffic light rigged up near the door that actually turns from red to green to yellow, a spinning barber pole, a suit of armor that displays the day’s specials and a cuckoo clock that went off right over our heads at the top of the hour.
For anyone interested in Centerville history, the menu alone is worth a trip to the Blue Bird. It features several historic photos of the south side of the square where the restaurant is.
The Blue Bird’s owners clearly have a special relationship with their customers. If you like reading about colorful local people, check out the restaurant’s Facebook page where owner Dann Derby posts photographs and human-interest stories about the restaurant’s regulars.Blue Bird Family Restaurant
108 E. Jackson St., Centerville
Thur. – Sun.: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday