Crazy Bird Chicken (CLOSED)

Restaurants, American North Lawndale
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Crazy Bird Chicken (CLOSED)
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Crazy Bird Chicken

Larry Tucker (N.N. Smokehouse) re-emerged in 2014 with Crazy Bird Chicken, a tiny, mostly takeout spot in Lawndale that focuses on fried chicken and sides. Tucker's a friendly guy and he'll help you decide what to order, if you're not sure where to start. He steered us toward a buffalo chicken sandwich, with tenders coated with a light, crisp batter, a restrained dose of buffalo sauce, crisp lettuce and blue cheese spread, and the Crazy Bird Crazy Good Fries, which are indeed that. A tray of perfect fries comes piled with cheese, gravy, truffle oil and crisp shards of duck bacon, and makes the poutine dishes you see around Chicago look weak. End with a slice of pound cake, made by Tucker's wife, and you have a very solid lunch. On Fridays and Saturdays, Tucker gets back to his barbecue roots and smokes rib tips in his small smoker.


Venue name: Crazy Bird Chicken (CLOSED)
Address: 1138 S California Ave

Opening hours: Tues-Thurs 11:30am-9pm, Fri 11:30am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-8pm
Transport: El: Blue line to Western-Forest Park. Bus: 12, 94
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"Big things come in small packages" is definitely an idiom that applies to Crazy Bird. Get a Chicken Sandwich and the "Crazy Good Fries" (you'll need at least two people to finish the fries), and drift away into a grease-filled food coma. If you go in on Sundays, you can get smoked rib tips, which are worth trying at least once. 

This tiny takeout spot has amazingly crispy and flavorful fried chicken along with the best yams I've ever had (seriously, was drinking up the juice!). It's an adorably decorated spot owned by a husband and wife team, they are super friendly and you can tell they love their business and know their food is good. On the weekend, enjoy rib tips from an aquarium smoker. The perfect reason to head down to Lawndale!