July 7 is National Fried Chicken Day! But let's face it – any day is a good day for fried chicken. You definitely can't miss a plate of some of our Dallas favorites.
Posted on Jul 7, 2016
Owner Lisa Garza's recipe calls for a 24-hour brine, seasoned flour, a buttermilk coating and a secret ingredient that Garza keeps under lock and key. You won't go wrong with a bucket of fried chicken and side of hearty mashed potatoes and pepper cream gravy. The restaurant itself, with family-style tables, antlers on the walls, beautiful china plates and a screened-in porch, is very Instagram-worthy.
Go here next: The Knox-Henderson area is full of other restaurants, funky shops and cool bars to check out. Walk to Old Monk just a few doors down to enjoy the patio (big fans keep it cool) and do some people watching in one of Dallas' most popular neighborhoods.
Led by Stephan Pyles, a Dallas food icon and internationally renowned chef, Stampede 66 plays up the Texas roots that are synonymous with Dallas. Enjoy your plate of chicken, injected with honey once fried, alongside mouthwatering buttermilk biscuits and ham hock gravy.
Go here next: The restaurant in Uptown is a five-minute walk from Happiest Hour, a trendy patio bar and lounge with rooftop views. The drink menu features over 50 beers and signature cocktails named after local sports teams (start with the Maverick!)
What's better than a patio, a cold beer and some freshly made crispy buttermilk fried chicken served with oregano honey and pickles on a summer night? The restaurant shares the spacious courtyard with The Foundry, a hip, laid-bar bar and music venue, so dinner comes with a show!
Go here next: Grab dessert just down the road at Kate Weiser Chocolates in Trinity Groves. Build your own box of hand-painted chocolates in all your favorite flavors - be sure to taste the mango habanero and caramelized pineapple.
Most know Pecan Lodge for its mouthwatering brisket, pulled pork and beef ribs, and the fried chicken adds just another reason to make sure you visit this Dallas staple. The recipe is simple: a little onion powder and black pepper gives the fried chicken all the flavoring it needs.
Go here next: Check out the shops along Main Street in Deep Ellum to walk off the meal or head to a show at Trees, a small-but- mighty live music venue that has stood the test of time (it opened in 1990 and has seen everyone from Nirvana to Erykah Badu.)
This South Dallas staple is known for its no-fuss approach to some seriously good fried chicken, generously seasoned with a salt blend and served alongside pickles, fries and jalapeño peppers. It's a cash-only spot and early afternoons on weekdays are the best time to visit.
Go here next: Head north to Fair Park, home to the annual State Fair of Texas and numerous other events and celebrations throughout the year. The fair park grounds have multiple museums and attractions to visit, including the African American Museum.
Korean fried chicken at its best. The casual spot is small and fills up fast thanks to their delicious chicken, marinated and hand-battered with a secret blend of herbs and spices, and breaded with unique rice flour.
Go here next: This place is on the cusp of Dallas and it's northern neighbors, so head to the Allen Premium Outlets or Southfork Ranch to make the most of the drive.
Want more dining ideas? See our list of Dallas restaurants. There's something to suit every taste.