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Dirty Bird Update?

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Now that the hype has died down, have the kinks been ironed out? Has anyone been to Dirty Bird of late?

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  1. I went a couple of weeks ago and got the chicken fingers with cornbread. The chicken fingers were bland, just like others had complained. The cornbread, while not awful, was some of the worst I've had in a long time.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I went last week, and found the chicken fingers to be good, but the cornbread was the WORST I have ever had! It was vile.

      The lemonade is terrific!!

      1. re: Tristan

        I agree...the WORST cornbread ever made!! However, the lemonade is excellent.

    2. went today for lunch at the request of a visiting friend. never again. my $11 got me a flavorless, weak iced tea and a quarter serving of rotisserie chicken that was probably about 2oz of actual meat. it was pretty juicy, but nothing remarkable in the flavor department and the skin was thick and very flabby/greasy.

      1. I drop in from time to time as it is close and there are no other options in the neighborhood (Balducci's is HORRIBLE).
        While not the best food I've had, it has gotten better. Portions are bigger, service is faster and it has always been consistent. I agree the cornbread is very weak, but its the chicken that matters.

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        1. re: Le Den

          I'm curious as to what you think is horrible in particular about Balducci's? It's definitely expensive, but I've found some great produce, cheese, and desserts there. I also love that they stock bread from Balthazar, Amy's, *and* Sullivan St. Bakery.

        2. How can one mess up on cornbread? I've never been to dirty bird but from the sounds of it, this place makes the BBQ chains look good.

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          1. re: csw

            by making it about a 1/4 inch tall pancake. Yuck.

            1. re: Lucia

              the cornbread is totally bizarre. it's served in very thin, flat triangles with a vague garlicky flavor (it's billed as shallot) and slightly underdone texture. i can't believe i'm saying this, but based on my one experience at db, i'd rather eat at dallas.

              1. re: Lucia

                Sounds like the cook forgot the baking soda/powder. Haha

                1. re: Lucia

                  When I was working in Tennessee, I had a lot of cornbread that was served in a flat, pancake-like form factor. There may be many aspects of life where flat isn't necessarily a great thing: tires, soda, boo... you get the idea. Still, I think cornbread pulls off the look just fine.

                  However, shallots -- as mentioned below by wleatherette -- would have made me unhappy.

                  (ps - I have nothing at all against flat boos)

              2. I agree about the cornbread - pretty bad. But I thought the buttermilk fried chicken was really good and so was the dirty rice and the napa cabbage cole slaw

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                1. re: audrey Kasindorf

                  My one experience with the fried chicken was terrific. Not sure exactly how it's done, but even after a half-hour commute, the chicken still maintained it's crunch. I had the same reaction to the corn bread as everyone else here had....