Mike and Sarah Moore, the husband and wife team behind Mean Bird, just had a baby two months ago and if you can believe it they’re also proud to present their other baby, Mean Bird’s first brick-and-mortar location in the former Sticky To Go Go space.
Back in 2015, I remember coming across a mysterious food truck’s Instagram account that promised to bring traditional and vegan (yes, vegan!) fried chicken to the hungry folks of Richmond, Virginia. And they brought it.
I’ve visited Mean Bird’s food truck on a few occasions and I’ve always been impressed with how much flavor they’re able to pack into what looks like a simple piece of fried chicken. It is hard to do fried chicken well, and let me tell you, they’re doing it right.
The new brick-and-mortar space will give Mike and Sarah a more stable space to try out options like breakfast, and those who frequent bars in the Fan will be happy to know the location will be open until 3:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The takeout space has a few seats in the window — if you can’t wait to eat your crispy crunchy meal – and in addition to late night service, they’ll also be open for lunch and dinner to start. Look for breakfast hours and delivery coming soon.
The vegan-friendly restaurant gives customers the option of using vegan chicken for any of their chicken meals, buckets or sandwiches which you can pair with an assortment of five vegan sides. As someone who is not vegan, I have thoroughly enjoyed trying many of these offerings.
I recently tried the baby bird (which turned out to be anything but small), a boneless chicken sandwich topped with crispy Brussels sprouts and maple syrup and served on a potato roll. The one word I’d use to describe it is just, wow. Even after letting it cool down for a good 5-10 minutes that sucker was still piping hot. And if it wasn’t so large I probably would’ve wanted another one. Note: there is not an attractive way to eat this sandwich, so it is best to just embrace the messiness.
Other highlights for me were the Cajun fries which are aggressively seasoned (in a good way), the mac and cheese, and the house-made limeade. Mean Bird opens today (Friday, June 23) and can be found at 2227 W. Main. They’ll be open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m to 3:30 a.m. and Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For Friday, June 23 they’ll have limited hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.