Very few dishes have a certain novel-worthy lore about them. In Dallas, you don't mess with our fried chicken! Whether it's the oil type, the seasoning or perhaps a double dredge, everyone has a preference, these eight Dallas restaurants are sure to do the trick!
Street's Fine Chicken
A visit to Street's Fine Chicken reminds me of those Sunday afternoon lunches with my grandparents at Black-eyed Pea (the same family behind Street's). Replacing the original Black-eyed Pea storefront along Cedar Springs Road, this modern comfort food restaurant serves up French-styled fried chicken with honey butter biscuits, alongside other Southern-inspired classics like siracha spiked deviled eggs and brie mac and cheese.
Featuring Nashville hot chicken hanging from naked (no heat whatsoever) to Napalm (Nashville hot + Carolina reaper), Palmer's offers something for everyone in the group. Pick your heat level and choose from bone-in chicken plates, sandwiches, salads, or jumbo tenders. Cool down with a fresh and frozen mason jar cocktail like a frosé or mint julep.
You can't talk about fried chicken in Dallas without a mention of Rudy's, one of the most popular fast food chicken joints in the city. Rudy's fans can't stop raving about the restaurant's special secret seasoning used on piping hot chicken and golden-brown fries. Depending on the time of the day you visit, prepare for a line at this neighborhood favorite, but trust me; it's worth the wait!
Most know Pecan Lodge for its mouthwatering brisket, pulled pork and beef ribs; however, the fried chicken adds just another reason to make sure you visit this Dallas staple. The fried chicken is a family recipe that comes from Pecan Lodge co-founder, Diane Fourton's Mamaw. The recipe is a simple combo of buttermilk, flour, salt, black pepper and onion powder. I have no doubt it tastes just like Mamaw's!
Brick and Bones
Have a late-night craving for fried chicken? (they're open until 2 a.m.!) Look no further than Brick and Bones in Deep Ellum. The options are endless here – get your chicken naked (no batter), sexy (no batter with hot chicken oil) or hot (batter with sauce and mixed peppers) – whichever way you get it, you can't go wrong.
Almost 50 years ago, Celebration opened its doors "to serve good food to good people." And boy do they ever… when you walk through the doors, you feel like you've stepped into the home of a life-long friend. It is so cozy, and then they drop a massive platter of fried chicken right in front of you. And for that one moment, all seems right in the world.
Bubba's Cooks Country
A Dallas establishment for over 30 years, Bubba's serves some of the best fried chicken in Dallas. Your fried chicken meal comes with your favorite Southern-style sides and a yeast roll – the perfect comfort meal.
Hall's Chicken Shack
Hall's, located in Southeast Dallas, is something very special and a neighborhood gem. Their chicken and sides are always incredibly fresh and will keep guests coming back again and again. This one it not to be missed.
I have heard the phrase "fried chicken doesn't belong on a biscuit" several times. Those people are liars, and Whistle Britches proves that I am right. Started in 2016 by James Beard nominee Chef Omar Flores, Whistle Britches feels like you are in someone's ordinary backyard, whilst having some of the best fried chicken of your life.