Rudy's Gets New Digs, and South Dallasites Get More Sodium

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It is impossible to miss Rudy's Chicken as you drive down Lancaster Avenue through southern Dallas. The overwhelming aroma of chicken and grease will hit you long before you see the peeling red and orange paint that marks the storefront. The string of ruby brake lights are a beacon, guiding you, oh so slowly, to a single drive-thru window where white paper bags turned translucent with oil mark what for some has been an hour-plus wait.

The tired, old chicken-shack has been getting a lot of attention as of late. Their Facebook page has nearly 40,000 followers, and City Council member Dwaine Caraway has been touting the fried bird at numerous council meetings.

Caraway said the drive-thru line was so long during the lunch and dinner rush, a bottleneck formed along Lancaster Avenue. Rudy's had become a quality of life issue for residents, and Caraway was ready to heed their call (and ostensibly grab some more fried chicken). The chicken shack also stands in the way of a $3.4 million redevelopment project.

Last week, The Dallas Morning News reported that the council agreed to provide an $890,000 grant to Rudolph Edwards, who owns and operates the takeout restaurant. The money will be used to build a brand new Rudy's Chicken with a double drive-thru, which could alleviate Lancaster Avenue's traffic woes, and according to Caraway, "will continue to serve the people this remarkable, secret recipe chicken."

I recently made the trek out to try to figure out what makes this chicken so remarkable. I stood in line to the walk up window, waited about 10 minutes for my turn (this was 2 p.m., after the lunch rush) and proceeded to order a breast and two thighs. I forked over $4.75 and waited out front for a few minutes before I was handed my own grease-stained, paper bag.

For comparison I stopped by Williams Fried Chicken on Corinth Street and placed the same order. And then because I have absolutely no regard for my personal well-being I stopped by the Chicken House in East Dallas for a little more, you know, research.

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Williams Fried Chicken is not recommended.
Back on my couch, I tore open the bag from Williams. Instantly, the smell evoked a childhood memory of the KFC my father used to serve at football tailgates. Williams chicken smelled awful -- like spent frying oil and cheap fast food. The crust was crisp and the chicken was juicy, but it was also unnaturally soft and rubbery.

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Chicken House's fried chicken was better, but not by much on this visit.
The meat from Chicken House was the exact opposite. Dry and tough, it wasn't much more pleasurable, but the crust was crunchy, not too oily and full of flavor.


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17 comments
gcsharp
gcsharp

This is our tax dollars,in our neighborhood,B concerned with your own hood,I think money well spent!!!And as for the reporter who wrote on Rudy"s chicken comparison test,choke yourself!!!Lol.


Dallasphotog
Dallasphotog

If the business is so successful, why didn't they build their own damn building instead of putting taxpayers on the hook for a private business?


DiabloRojo
DiabloRojo

I Love Rudy's Chicken yum yum yum...

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Despite the hater's, I still love Popeye's spicy fried chicken. It's very tasty, never greasy, and for some reason, the spicy version contains much less sodium. And, I'm there and back home in under 15 minutes from the Ross Avenue location.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I have been out of the fried chicken eating business since the last of the Hendersons closed down. Pretty big investment for a drive through.

tape_is_glue_and_bac
tape_is_glue_and_bac

It's nice to know that our government throws away money like they got it out of the sewer (the sewer being the working tax payer).

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Reminds me.  I have to run down Elm Street to Miss Chicken and get the cats their Wednesday treat before it starts pouring.

Nictacular
Nictacular

Man, I only eat fried chicken twice a year...looks like time #2 may be the Reitz Chicken Run. I bet I can finish it in under 12 parsecs...

TopCommenterInHiding
TopCommenterInHiding

You would think if they were doing so well, they wouldnt need a grant. Sounds like someone is getting paid just to be paid. And, almost a cool million to boot.

RcfromOC
RcfromOC

@primi_timpano Henderson's is alive and well on Grand near Fair Park and on Forest at Skillman. Linda Henderson toook charge after her father retired.

Bobtex
Bobtex

@RcfromOC @primi_timpano Henderson's has had a store at Abrams/Royal for the last couple of years, and I recently noticed a Henderson's sign at a gas station on Walnut Hill at Stemmons--haven't been there yet, though.  Henderson's is the Bald Eagle of fried chicken in Dallas--once on the Endangered Species List, but now apparently thriving and proliferating.  And that's a good thing.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Thx. There used to be chicken place on MLK(?) near Fair Park. Maybe two indoor seats. Is that a Henderson's?

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