Half Chicken & Beer Has Hatched in Henderson

Brian Howard (chef/owner of Sparrow + Wolf) opened his Half Bird Chicken & Beer in Chinatown in the summer of 2022, and has since closed that location, but in November the fast-casual concept hatched in a new location in Henderson, at 725 S Green Valley Pkwy at Horizon Ridge. Based on the brisk sales in the months after opening, the new location appears to be a perfect fit for the neighborhood.

The menu is the creation of Brian Howard, an accomplished chef with a very impressive resume. After working under world-renowned chefs on the Strip such as Thomas Keller and Andre Rochat, in 2017 he opened his highly successful and acclaimed Sparrow + Wolf in Chinatown, which has been named by USA Today, Forbes Travel Guide and Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 Best Restaurants in Las Vegas.

 His many accolades led to his being featured on Food Network’s hit television show Chopped, appearing as a judge alongside Chef Gordon Ramsey on Master Chef Jr. and as the winning contender on FYI channel’s Late Night Chef Fight.

Now Chef Howard is putting his talents to focus on an inexpensive and accessible menu full of tasty chicken dishes. The star of the menu is the free-range, very juicy and flavorful rotisserie chicken that is complemented by seven addictive sauces (such as green curry ranch, yuzu hot honey, sweet miso BBQ and chili garlic crunch).

There’s also rotisserie chicken ramen with mushrooms, pickled cucumber, scallion, chili oil and egg; chicken nuggets; chicken salad; chicken sandwiches; a smash burger; and side dishes like chili garlic cheese potatoes, smashed potatoes smothered in gravy, mac n cheese and Japanese milk bread with togarashi honey butter.

This new location is quite family-friendly with six large screen TVs, video games and an outdoor terrace with artificial turf, heaters and games such as cornhole and beer pong.

The eatery lives up to its name, as entertainment for the adults includes a self-serve beer wall with eight taps pouring the restaurant’s own beer: Half Bird Cockfight Pils made by the local HUDL Brewing, along with seven other locally brewed beers. The beer wall is infused with modern technology, as when the screen is touched details of the beer are provided and when dispensing you are given the exact amount your credit card is being charged.

Furthermore, the drafts are priced by the ounce and if you so desire you can have a sip of each one before investing in a full pour. The beers rotate frequently so with each visit there’s a good chance you’ll find something new to taste. In addition to the drafts, there is a cooler containing several more regional brews and tap takeovers occur every month or two featuring different local breweries with brewery reps in attendance and raffles for swag.  

Half Bird Chicken is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s located in the sizeable center at the SW corner of Horizon Ridge and Green Valley Pkwy anchored by Target and is situated near the south end of the center just north of Carnegie facing Green Valley Pkwy.

Half Bird beer list pic by Jeff Drollinger
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