Thirsty Bird by Mr Crackles Potts Point
So one of Sydney’s most beloved foodie institutions; the rather jolly good Mr Crackles has added to sydney’s Fried Chicken scene with a slyly special joint called Thirsty Bird. Unlike Mr Crackles which was mostly porcine centric (great roast vegs incidentally with a great pumpkin roll) Thirsty Bird is completely chicken centric. If the phrase “Fried Chicken by Mr Crackles” does not excite you a little, you’re dead to us. Housed at Shop 3, 2-14 Bayswater Road – the venue beckons wih some sexy neon. Look for the really busy shop on that stretch and that’s thirsty bird there.
Thirsty Bird is busy. Twice we’ve been and there’s queues out the door and in stark contrast to adjoining eateries, the food at Thirsty Bird is freshly made outta the fryer. On the menu: Waffle Fries, Mash and gravy with Chciken Crackle, Bacon features, Coleslaw, South Fried Chicken, Buffalo Wings and a whole variety of burgers. Price guide is cheap eats with burgers coming in at a tenner and affordable $5 sides. There’s quiet limited seating in here, spots for 4? – we lucked out but expect to take away if it gets busy.
Mac and Cheese with bacon, mash gravy and their waffle fries (which you’ll note is made from real potatoes and not some factory produced reconstituted product). Satisfyingly crispy. Slop that mash on there. Dip it in the sauces.
Thirsty Bird is really just crispy, crispy fried chicken; flavoursome and crunchy and in that late night indulgent eat sort of way; wholly satisfying. One thing we noted was that the leftovers kept well, and that batter was still surprisingly crispy 2 days later. What sort of devilry is this? Fried Chicken by Mr crackles is our new darling. Thirsty Bird is a good time.