In 2017, a low-key food joint dropped in Birmingham, and it changed the city’s fried chicken scene for good: enter BoneHead.
With its dark walls smothered in torn gig posters, scuffed flooring and dim neon glow, an unassuming passer-by might mistake BoneHead for a dive bar instead of a restaurant. And they wouldn’t be entirely wrong; the BoneHead team are big on their drinks, pushing a New York liquor bar vibe throughout their venture with big craft beers and a quality spirit collection (expect to find some great bourbons on the shelves). But whilst BoneHead punches above its weight as a space to sip beers from breweries across the globe, its their fried chicken based eats that’s helped them establish a reputation as one of the best fast-food restaurants in town.
At BoneHead, the fried chicken sandwich is king, and big, beautiful brioche buns packed full of ruggedly crisp pieces of golden fried chicken are everywhere you look. Patrons taking generous bites reveal tender white pieces of succulent meat that flakes apart from the mass with the greatest of ease. It doesn’t take long before an overwhelming urge to partake in the ritual washes over you, so be prepared to scramble for a menu as soon as you set foot inside.
Each sandwich is served with a choice of toppings, including sweet pickles, molten cheeses, and lashings of hot sauce. You can even double-up on fried chicken pieces (such as the Double Dragon burger with plenty of fresh chillies) if you’re up for a serious feast.
BoneHead have also bagged bragging rights with their seriously good wings. There’s a variety of flavours to choose from, including our personal favourite of sweet chilli and garlic wings, and you can even add extra sauces for that additional burst of flavour.
They don’t take any bookings, so all you have to do is roll-up and poke your beak in if you want to get involved. But don’t sleep on it: BoneHead’s stash of burgers and wings don’t hang around for long.
Welcome to a new age for fried chicken, courtesy of BoneHead.