Dredge, located in the former Trick Dog Café building. Bryan Byrd, the owner and executive chef, is one of our local culinary heroes with strong roots to the seafood business in the area. Ironically, Bryan at age 16 worked at the former Trick Dog Café when the restaurant initially opened and bartended there after he finished high school. He began his restaurant business ownership as the first chef of the outdoor grill at the Dog and Oyster. From there he moved on to his famous food truck where you could find him at events and street side selling his seasonal specialties like his oyster stew, crab quesadillas and famous oyster tacos.
Chef Byrd brings a taste of Key West/Cuba to the palate from his years in the restaurant business, many miles south of Irvington. It is all about fresh out of the water to your table with Bryan—just like his grandma taught him. Gordon Slatford, a well-missed Irvington legend has this to say about Bryan, “Bryan Byrd has rapidly become an icon in the Irvington area. He has worked tirelessly to be seen at every show and event for a number of years with his show stopping food and eye-popping flavors.” Spot on, we all agree!
There are actually people that follow Bryan’s truck from venue to venue to sample his culinary creations! We have seen Brian’s work from his food truck, can you dare try and imagine what he has accomplished at his new restaurant. Try it out for yourself!
Check out the Blog from The Local Scoop. Bryan celebrates his hometown’s culture and cuisine. It’s all about being local—with some Caribbean spice thrown in.
Featured in Virginia Living Magazine. Dive In at Dredge
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