Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Boneless Bird brings chicken takeout to the Wildwoods

It isn’t often that a new business pops up in the Wildwoods during the “off-season” months, but it will happen this Friday, November, 13,  when the Boneless Bird makes its debut.

The takeout-only service will operate out of the building that houses the Wild Burrito at Ocean & Youngs Avenue, and will be open for weekends throughout the winter. 

The Wild Burrito is closed for the season and is scheduled to reopen Easter Weekend 2021. At that time, the two entities will run simultaneously.

“The trends right now are leaning toward takeout and delivery, and I decided to take advantage of that with the space I had,” owner Joseph Carpenter told Wildwood 365. “Summer was difficult without having any indoor dining [at the Wild Burrito] and I don’t see it coming back anytime soon.

“So, I made the decision to take out basically a third of my dining space and convert it into a takeout window on our Youngs Avenue side.”

According to Carpenter, the Boneless Bird will feature a simple menu with premium products that are “similar to Chick-fil-A but with better ingredients.” 

“Our chicken sandwiches will be the main focus, that’s what I’ll be hanging my hat on,” he explained. “There will be two versions - a classic chicken sandwich and a Nashville hot sandwich, with Tennessee slaw and Nashville hot sauce.”

The sandwiches will be made with chicken breasts from Murray’s in Lancaster County, PA, which Carpenter said are antibiotic and hormone free. They will be brined in pickle juice, dunked in buttermilk, floured, spiced and deep fried, and served on a Martin’s potato roll with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and American cheese… and a ranch-like “Tram Car secret sauce.”

“We will have a build-your-own option too, of course, so customers can omit any of the ingredients,” said Carpenter. 

Additional menu items will include boneless chicken wings, boneless chicken nuggets, chicken and waffles, along with milkshakes and sodas. 

The Boneless Bird will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.

“Those will be our hours initially,” said Carpenter. “We’ll see how it goes from there, but if there’s demand to open up on Thursday or another day during the week, I’ll do it.”

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