One of the long-awaited openings of 2023 was Sticky Bird at 616 S. Tyler. The building for the restaurant was a modular, pre-built structure placed over the space that used to hold Walt’s Klassics. This is the second location for the Farmington, Utah-based restaurant, who intends to open more in the Wichita area.
616 S Tyler Rd, Wichita, KS 67209
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sticky Bird specializes in fried and grilled chicken fingers, chicken wings, salads, and sandwiches. For complete transparency, Sticky Bird had a soft opening event for media, influencers and other people in the community where free meals were offered. I was unable to make the event due to prior engagements, but went on opening day and chose to pay for my meals.
On the grand opening day, the lines were long. The drive-thru line alone was nearly wrapped around the entire building.
Inside, the lines were moving fairly quickly. I would say it was a pretty smooth grand opening event, as I stopped by right at 11 a.m. when they opened.
I placed an order for the three of us and then a pineapple Dole Whip for myself. The dessert, that originated in DisneyLand, was a very refreshing start to my lunch, even though I would have preferred it after instead of before.
For lunch, we had the Sticky Bird fingers signature rooster style, which were crisp and zesty double-battered fingers with rooster sauce, 7 piece traditional wings in Cajun spice rubs, and an order of regular fingers with classic buffalo sauce.
Here’s what I received:
It was roughly a 10-minute drive home and by the time I arrived at my domain, the fries were a big soggy. If I didn’t pick up food for my family, I would have enjoyed my lunch at the restaurant, where there was seating for roughly 12 people.
Fries were the least of my worries, though, as everybody was anxious to try the fingers and wings. The latter I felt wasn’t evenly coated. They were supposed to have a Cajun rub, and maybe half of the order was missing it. I thoroughly enjoyed the wings that had the rub, which were rated as a 3 on a heat scale of five. There wasn’t much heat, but loads of flavor.
Our signature rooster style fingers were a bit dried out, and I doubt that was caused by the travel time. Sticky Bird did have our order out later than other orders placed after us, so I wonder if that was sitting out for a bit before the rest of our order was complete. The fingers with the buffalo sauce were much better, even though they weren’t evenly coated with the sauce; the ends and parts of the back were void of buffalo sauce.
While many people were raving about Sticky Bird and the lines at the restaurant on the first two days were impressive, we were a bit lukewarm on our first visit. Definitely some positives and negatives to take away. There are factors to take into consideration, such as it being opening day and a small travel time, so please take note of all that, should you go. If we revisit in the near future, we may try to have the fries done rooster style so it’s doused in the sauce and definitely dine-in.
Here’s the menu:
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