Best Of 2019

Best Edible Offspring: CityBird

Best Edible Offspring

Last year, the Thunderdome Restaurant Group hatched CityBird, a chicken tender takeout restaurant on Vine Street located right next door to the Eagle OTR, a favorite fried chicken eatery which is owned by the same company. The CityBird menu is built around high-end chicken strips. The strips are made from free-range bird, which is brined, dredged and “fresh fried” in-house. Dip the chicken in one of their six signature sauces — made from scratch every day — like lemon thyme ranch or Korean chili barbecue. The tenders boast a full-bodied flavor: mostly mellow and savory but tinged with spice. They’re at their best wedged inside the “Spicy” sandwich, topped with Green Goddess slaw, Sriracha and mayo on a toasted potato bun. And don’t skimp on a side of fries. Dusted with parmesan, parsley and sugar, they’re an addictive base that soaks up the tenders’ spice. CityBird is a quick chicken stop for hungry fans who don’t have the time to wait for a table at the always-busy Eagle. CityBird, 1344 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, citybirdotr.com.