Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at our favorite spots in town.
Posted on Jun 27, 2019 By Zane Harrington
Very few dishes have a certain novel-worthy lore about them. In Dallas, you don't mess with our fried chicken! Everyone's grandma has a certain best practice. Whether it's the oil type, the seasoning or perhaps a double dredge, everyone has a preference. If you get yourself a hankering fried chicken and want to spare yourself the cleanup, these eight Dallas restaurants are sure to do the trick!
For more than 30 years, Bubba's has been serving up some of the best fried chicken in Dallas. Opened in 1981 by Mary Beth and Paul Vinyard, the couple started with a simple mission to share the old family recipes they grew up on with as many people as possible. It is worth noting that the couple also opened the famous Babe's Chicken Dinner House in 1993 and there are now 10 locations across DFW, including Roanoke, Garland, Sanger, Carrollton, Burleson, Granbury, Frisco, Cedar Hill, Arlington and North Richland Hills.
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.
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 which comes from Pecan Lodge co-founder, Diane Fourton's Mamaw. The recipe is simple combo of buttermilk, flour, salt, black pepper and onion powder. I have no doubt it tastes just like Mamaw's!
Far North Dallas
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'm right. Started in 2016 by James Beard nominee Chef Omar Flores, Whistle Britches feels like you're in someone's ordinary backyard, whilst having some of the best fried chicken of your life.
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.
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!
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' 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.
Header photo credit: Brick and Bones