In 2016, Mean Bird started as a food truck serving craft fried chicken, vegan fried "chicken,"  and seasonal specials, sides, & sauces in the RVA area.  In early 2017, we took over a new brick & mortar location in the Fan (2227 W Main St, right at the corner of Main & Addison) and will be opening as a take out restaurant and market Friday June 23rd!  The truck will still be appearing for catering and large events throughout 2017.

For our Grand Opening June 23rd, we'll be open limited hours, 4:00-10:30pm. Then we'll start regular hours  Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm. Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 3:30 am (for that late night chicken!) . We'll also be adding breakfast hours and delivery in the coming weeks, stay tuned to our social media for the latest updates! 

mean bird has traditional fried chicken and vegan fried "chicken"?

Yes. Our traditional fried chicken is incredible! Each piece of Mean Bird chicken is dry rubbed with a housemade blend of herbs and spices, and sits for 24 hours before service. Each piece is then hand breaded and fried to order. We just love fried chicken so much, we didn't want to leave out our vegetarian and vegan friends. Our vegan fried "chicken" (called Veggie Bird) receives the same amount of love. Both our Traditional Fried Chicken and Veggie Bird are available whenever Mean Bird is open.

What is veggie bird?

Veggie Bird is what we call our vegan fried "chicken." No sad, overly processed, bland fake "meats" at Mean Bird! Veggie Bird is a-made-from-scratch vegan dish (no animal products of any kind) that gives vegetarians and vegans the satisfaction of traditional fried chicken. At Mean Bird, vegetarians can look forward to the full fried chicken experience: opening that paper bucket, pulling out a fried drumstick (dip into one of our vegan dipping sauces if you like), and then biting into a crispy coating to reveal amazing flavor and texture inside. Veggie Bird is handmade from fresh vegetables, whole grains, herbs & seasonings and then battered in coconut millk. No isolated whey protein, no isolated soy protein, no textured vegetable product, no vital wheat gluten (the over-processed ingredients of most meat alternatives on the market today.) 

is mean bird available to cater special events?

Yes! Mean Bird caters all sorts of private events, and we are currently booking weddings for Fall 2017 and beyond. Our catering options range from delivery of casual family style chicken and sides to full service weddings with custom menus and the truck on site. Check out our Catering Page for details on our "Truck Favorites Menu" and custom options. Call us at 804.402.1353 or email us at giddyup@meanbirdrva to get started.

What products will be in the Mean Bird market? 

The shop will stock a fun selection of locally made goods, garbage like prepackaged candy and snacks (including a lovingly curated chip wall), and to-go beer and wine in a month or so. If you're interested in selling your product in the Mean Bird shop, fill out our Vendor Application and email to giddyup@meanbirdrva.com

who is mean bird?

Mike and Sarah Moore are a husband and wife team both born and raised in RVA who want to make and eat amazing food.