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New to Leeds: Absurd Bird

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

If you’ve got a hankering for fried chicken, Absurd Bird is the place to go.

Absurd Bird

Fried chicken, waffles and all American sides like mac & cheese, that’s what you can expect from the city’s latest opening…

It may be new to us, but Absurd Bird has been wowing folk with its chicken obsession for over three years. Leeds is actually their sixth restaurant, with successful eateries in London, Bath and Exeter, but it’s their first foray into the North – and we think you’re going to like it. After all, who doesn’t love fried chicken?

Absurd Bird

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First things first – this ain’t nothing like KFC. The restaurant itself is bright, colourful and just a little bit crazy, so you won’t get the fast food vibe, but you will get all your favourite dishes (and a few curve balls too). General Manager Matt Botham probably sums it up best when he says, “It’s weird and it’s wacky – think American trailer park meets Dolly Parton.”

So what are you going to be eating? Well fried chicken, of course. It’s a proper Deep South menu, put together by an American chef to give you a taste of the real thing – which is probably why Absurd Bird has become such a resounding success.

The wings are the main event and there are four different types to choose from, but whichever you choose they’re all double-fried to give ‘em that deliciously crisp bite. For us, the crispy fried buttermilk wings are the go to, they come with an absurdly crispy outer shell, but you can also chow down on BBQ, buffalo or ‘extreme hot’ chicken.

Absurd Bird

If you’re not feeling the wings, they’ve got a host of chicken-obsessed alternatives. You can get chicken tenders, burgers, salads and wraps – but let’s face it, it’s the waffles that will finally win you over. This isn’t dessert, it’s a main and always, always includes their signature fried chicken. You can get it in the ever-faithful chicken-maple combo or try something a little more adventurous. How about fried chicken with cheesy sauce, honey mustard dressing and a crispy crumb? Or maybe you’d prefer a waffle sandwich stuffed with chicken and their homemade chilli-chocolate sauce.

To wash it all down, you’ve got the usual soft drinks, as well as beer and cider – or you can try their moonshine. It’s unique to them and comes in four flavours, with the likes of Vanilla MoonPie, Blackberry and Apple & Cinnamon.

Absurd Bird is a rather loopy addition to Leeds with a menu that will keep you coming back for more – check it out and let us know what you think.

Absurd Bird, Trinity Kitchen, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.