SquareMeal Review of
Dirty Bones Oxford
While today's fast-food openings often spring from streetwise pop-ups, Dirty Bones arrived courtesy of a venture capital fund. Regardless of its origins, this is a "funky" spot offering a "clever" take on American dude food. Divided between cocktail bar and no-bookings restaurant, it promises an artfully grungy mix of parquet walls, retro-chic tiles, leather booths and vintage knick-knacks, with a classic US pop soundtrack driving things along. The menu’s decadent cholesterol-rich line-up delivers all manner of juicy delights: a ‘pink mac daddy’ burger (six ounces of beef topped with pulled beef short-rib and oozing bright-yellow mac ’n’ cheese); superbly crunchy and plump fried chicken; sticky wings; salsa-topped fries; dirty dogs; sweet waffles… and so on. Cocktails are a big deal too (check out the daily happy hour), the ‘weekend hangover’ brunch is a godsend, and midweek deals will also keep you coming back for more.