Local restaurant group Patachou Inc. is staying true to their roots by adding yet another radically different, radically better restaurant in Crispy Bird. This opening makes this the seventh restaurant under the umbrella, and the fourth in the Merdian-Kessler neighborhood, being directly across the street from the original Cafe Patachou location, Napolese and newly opened Bar One Fourteen.
Far from your normal chicken shack or restaurant, as soon as you step foot into Crispy Bird it feels like you walked into a dining room of a modern day home or condominium. The wood panel walls, large front windows, and a playlist featuring songs like Vibrant Thing by Q-Tip and Beautiful by Pharrell and Snoop Dogg, accompanied by people of all demographics help create a good vibe - it's a real intimate space which give it a community feel.
Photo: Mallory Talty
Let's get to the food - I must confess, looking at the @crispybirdchix Instagram account all day made me want to order one of everything and worry about my bank account later. After being seated and glancing over the menu it didn't take long to order the following:
First up, were the super flaky buttermilk biscuits served with whipped maple brown butter - best biscuits I've ever had in my life. There was a family sitting next to me and one of the kids would not eat anything besides the biscuits. Then there was the kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and apple salad with pistachio dressing. The crunchy fermented kale made this a dish more unique than any other salad or greens I've had. For the main meal the chicken was fried perfect but the mac n' cheese may have been the highlight of the meal because it was cheesy with a twist on the traditional dish. It's safe to safe I will eventually try everything on the menu.
I could tell you about my experience all day but I think it's best if you go check it out yourself. Crispy Bird is open weekly, Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. For the next couple of weeks I would expect a crowd so to guarantee a spot click here and make a reservation before going. When you go in and visit let us know what you think by sharing on your social media accounts with the hashtag #LoveIndy.
Photo: Christina Slaton
Martha Hoover, recently named Restaurant Empire Builder of the Year by Eater has done a lot in the 28 years she's been in the restaurant industry but I think most notable is how she created this amazing opportunity for her son and chef, David Hoover. I've briefly met David before and he told me how grateful he was growing up, watching his mother build an empire, living in different parts of the country, studying overseas and cooking in some of the best restaurants in the world. I believe the goal in any local business is to grow it and continuously motivate and put those close to you in position to contribute and provide for themselves, eventually attaining generational wealth. There is no slowing down for Patachou Inc. as they have major projects expected to be done in 2018 - we will keep you all posted as we recieve more information.
We look forward to hosting you.
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