Ravens NFL fans find a place to roost at Dirty Birds
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 01/03/13 - 03:41 PM | 12896 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A flock of Baltimore Ravens fans gather outside Dirty Birds on Mission Boulevard.                                                                       Courtesy photo
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What started out as a small flock of Baltimore Ravens fans in Pacific Beach searching for a place to cheer on their team has turned into a mass migration of purple-and-gold-clad locals to Dirty Birds every football Sunday.

“A lot of Baltimore fans lived in the immediate neighborhood and were looking for a place to watch the game,” said Dirty Birds owner Leigh Gibson. “It started off with a couple of guys coming in and asking if we could turn the sound on for the Ravens game when it was on and it slowly grew from there.”

Though a born-and-raised New York Jets fan from Long Island, Gibson gladly turns his restaurant-bar over to these dedicated fans.

“It’s a good group of people who are passionate about their team,” he said. “We’re just happy to give them a place to come and be surrounded by other Ravens fans for the two or three hours during the game.”

Those who have built up a ravenous appetite can be assured they are among some of the finest, most carefully prepared, creatively flavored chicken wings in the country at Dirty Birds.

“The wings are hands-down our bread and butter here,” said Gibson. “We have national acclaim from Yahoo Sports for having some of the top wings in the country.”

With more than 30 chicken-wing flavors to choose from — ranging from sweet to spicy, naked to saucy — Dirty Birds has something for everyone, including other solid menu items made from fresh ingredients.

A great accompaniment is a good, old-fashioned brew to wash it all down. To complete the perfect football Sunday package, Dirty Birds offers specials on $15 buckets of bottled domestic beer, $10 bottles of champagne and $2 mimosas all weekend.

“We also have 13 flat-screen TVs that encompass the bar,” he said. “From every seat, you have access to at least three to four TVs in your immediate peripheral vision.”

Dirty Birds televises the Ravens and San Diego Chargers, which Dirty Birds also supports. Other games are screened simultaneously via the NFL Sunday Ticket package for those who want to keep an eye on their Fantasy Football teams.

Dirty Birds is located at 4656 Mission Blvd. For more information, visit www.dirtybirdspb.com or call (858) 274-2473.
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October 19, 2013
Would love to start a Ravens Roost here in Leesburg FL. or Central Fl. I am surprised by the number of fans I meet here
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