I was going to Discovery Place today with Zack, and decided to go eat beforehand. We looked at several of the other nearby options, including Zink, but it did not seem like an atmosphere that I wanted to take a four year old - especially one that was particularly wild on this day. We noticed Stool Pigeons Coops & Grill on the corner of Church and 5th Street - directly across from the Discovery Place entrance and parking garage.
I had seen Stool Pigeons before I both this location as well as the Matthews location, and had always wanted to try one. Due to its atmosphere, price point, and location, today was the day.
When we went it. I was pleasantly surprised. While it has a long bar that runs the length of the restaurant, there were about 15 tables an about 8 booths. The booths were huge compared to most place. Everything had a dark wood stain which made it look.a lot nicer than just your average bar. There were also tons of TV’s scattered throughout the place to watch you favorite game on.
We were greeted and seated immediately. The waitress was very attentive - although, it was very slow since they had just opened for the day.
Now on the important part, the food. I expected the menu to be made up of a lot of “bar” food, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a mix of a few other things throughout.
They had the standard bar stuff on the “Starters” menu (nachos, wings, onion rings, mozzarella sticks to name a few). They also had a fairly long list of salads (six in all) as well as chilli and soup. They had a lot of Wraps and a few sandwiches and burgers. In addition to those, they had larger entrees that included mahi mahi and a black angus ribeye. They also had a variety of pizzas. As far as price goes, the appetizers, salads, and sandwiches ranged between $6 and $9. The entrees ranged between $12 and $16.
I got the “Giant Mahi Mahi Pita” which was grilled mahi mahi topped with pepper jack cheese, shredded lettuce and mango salsa stuffed in a giant pita. It also came with fries. The sandwich was delicious. The pepper jack cheese and the mango salsa mixed with the mahi to make a great mixture of complimentary flavors in my mouth. I would recommend it to anyone (well, anyone that eats fish).
My wife got the chicken fingers entree. It came with three oversized chicken tenders served with tator tots. She thought they were “ok” but to me they had too much breading on them.
My sons “cheesy pizza” was good (for a bar, but not great for a pizza place). It had both mozzarella and parmesan cheese with a garlic butter crust. One thing of note is that they do not have a kids menu, but have several non-menu specia for kids. For instance, the pizza that my son got was on the regular menu for $8.99, but was only $4.99 (same size and everything).
Another plus for me was that they had Pepsi products!
All in all, I won’t hesitate to go back there!
There are also locations in the University area and in Matthews; although, I have not visited those.