A portrait of Willie Nelson on the wall, a bluegrass soundtrack, and a menu of double-dipped fried chicken and homemade pie, washed down with Samuel Adams beer – Lucky Fox nails the American-style diner vibe, but without the usual 1950s cliches.
Owner Richard Ledger spent over a month carefully studying and sampling the menus of eateries in Brooklyn and Williamsburg, NYC, before opening his own place. He set out to create Sheffield's very own version of New York's famous Pies 'n' Thighs, naming the place Lucky Fox after his favourite animal and his favourite Brooklyn dive bar, Lucky Dog. All the research clearly paid off, as the menu of pancakes and bacon and fried chicken became an immediate hit in Sheffield's Devonshire Quarter when it opened in 2014, and Lucky Fox is now very much its own beast.
The bestseller is, undoubtedly, the chicken and waffles. Lucky Fox is the only place in Sheffield to have perfected this dish – double-dipping its fresh, locally sourced, boneless chicken in spices, frying it until golden and crispy, and serving it with maple syrup and cinnamon butter. Yes, the focus is on the chicken, but the Fox doesn't leave vegetarians hanging; the menu also features a cracking fried halloumi sandwich, mac and cheese, and French toast. And for afters, there's slices of lovingly made lemon pie.
A second Lucky Fox is now open on Ecclesall Road, so you have two options in which to escape to Williamsburg via Sheffield.
Lucky Fox features in a short film we made with Sheffield Hallam Uni, alongside a bunch of the city's other foodie favourites – watch below.
- Words by
- Holly Hinchcliffe
- Images by
- Nigel Barker