Hip Hop Chicken in Blackpool review: We tried out the tastiest chicken at resort's new trendy restaurant

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Jay Z and Snoop Dog may be some of hip hop’s greatest hit makers adorning the walls of Blackpool’s newest restaurant, but it’s Nico and Becky Stefani who bring the latest hit to town – Hip Hop Chicken.

The couple have taken the humble chicken, a staple in many of our diets, and given it a trendy makeover that is seeing people flocking (pun intended) to the restaurant in Cedar Square.

KFC has had the monopoly on fried chicken for decades, but the likes of Yard & Coop in Liverpool (until recently) and Manchester, and now Blackpool’s very own independently run Hip Hop Chicken are breaking into the market and taking chicken to a whole new level.

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We thought Hip Hop Chicken would be a good shout for a fun Friday night tea with the brood, and a great start to the February half-term holiday.

Hip Hop Chicken in Cedar Square, BlackpoolHip Hop Chicken in Cedar Square, Blackpool
Hip Hop Chicken in Cedar Square, Blackpool

It’s walk-ins only for the time being so we crossed our fingers that we’d get a table for six.

Situated next to Nico and Stefani’s other restaurant – Stefani’s Pizzeria - it’s a vibrant, trendy urban space with graffiti art, images of famous rappers hanging on the brick walls, and quotes by rappers dotted around the place.

The bar is the centrepiece with comfortable booths on the right hand side and high tables with bar stools on the left as you walk in.

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We were lucky to grab the last table and settled down in the chilled out surroundings of this funky chicken shack.

Old Dirty at Hip Hop ChickenOld Dirty at Hip Hop Chicken
Old Dirty at Hip Hop Chicken

Keeping with the hip hop theme, the food menu features big names in the music industry like Tu Pac’s BBQ Passion (a beastie burger). There’s also a decent range of cocktails while Beavertown Neck Oil IPA is a welcome choice on draft.

There are a few options on the children’s menu: chicken strips, dip and fries (£6); chicken strips mac ‘n’ cheese (£7); and chicken ‘wingz’, dip and fries (£6).

Our youngest – age three – went for the chicken strips with mac ‘n’ cheese while our nine-year-old tucked into the chicken strips and what he described as ‘amazing” fries.

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The rest of us picked from the main menu. I chose the Slim Shady (£10) which is a juicy friend chicken thigh drizzled in mayonnaise with fresh, crunchy lettuce in between a burger bap while the hubby feasted on a B.I.G.G.I.E (£14) – a bap crammed with two fried chicken thighs covered in buffalo sauce with streaky bacon, cheese sauce, hash brown, lettuce, and mayo.

Chicken strips and fries from the children's menuChicken strips and fries from the children's menu
Chicken strips and fries from the children's menu

There was a bit of spice for the eldest as she chose Kung Foo Kenny (£14) – an impressive display of strips, wings, and a whole load of fries tossed in salt and pepper seasoning, finished with chilli, spring onion and sriracha mayo – while our 14-year-old was delighted with the Old Dirty (£14) – a chicken thigh, strips, mac ‘n’ cheese and fries piled high and covered in gravy mayo.

We loved the place. And with the refurbishment of nearby Abingdon Street Market alongside already well-established businesses like Common Bar and Kitchen, Upside Down coffee shop, Stefani’s Pizzeria, and now Hip Hop Chicken, Cedar Square is fast becoming Manchester’s ‘Northern Quarter’ equivalent right here in our beloved Blackpool.

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