Five of the Best Fried Chicken Dishes in Dallas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Catherine Downes
When Buddha said life is suffering and suffering was the path to nirvana, I'm pretty sure he was talking about fried chicken. Think about it. Eat your way through this list and you will undoubtedly suffer. But you'll also experience moments of bliss that transcend the discomfort.

Enlightenment in a bucket of chicken -- Who knew it could be this easy?


Babe's
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Babe's is a temple. The original location in Roanoke churns out plate after plate of glistening chicken with crisp brown skin. While the wait for a table can be long, it's worth it -- the restaurant serves nothing but fried chicken and chicken-fried steak allowing for some seriously consistent chicken.

*****

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Catherine Downes
Pollo Campero
Pollo Campero is surprisingly delicious considering how many fried chicken chains produce terrible fried chicken. Not only is the chicken well-seasoned and not too greasy, but it's served with a side of Central American flare. While biscuits may be the bread of choice at most restaurants, the tortilla is clearly superior. They're lighter, which allows you to eat more chicken, and combined with the salsa bar that's stationed near the front counter, allow you to make the best chicken tacos you can imagine.

*****

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Hattie's
When the plate first arrived, I was pissed. Fried chicken can't be finger-licking good if you're forced to use a fork and knife to eat it. I wasn't going to include Hattie's in this list till a bite forced me to reconsider. Not only is the boneless cutlet both chicken and fried, it's also delicious. Hattie's serves up the juiciest white meat I encountered while eating my way though this list. It shouldn't be missed.

*****

Catherine Downes
Pecan Lodge
The Slim Pickins sign that denotes a pending barbecue shortage at Pecan Lodge isn't such a sad thing after all. The chicken here takes second place to the smoked meat, but it's a decent consolation prize. Order yours with mac and cheese garnished with a sprinkle of crunchy, smoky bacon.

*****

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Sara Kerens
Sissy's
Sissy's sports one of the best bars in Dallas for dining. Bring a friend or three, belly up to the cool marble and tear into a bucket of the good stuff. Wash it all down with a cool cocktail that will make you forget how hot it is outside. This is enlightened living.

Location Info

Babe's Chicken Dinner House

104 N. Oak St., Roanoke, TX

Category: Restaurant


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94 comments
acidshock1
acidshock1

Hall's?  Popes?  Do you not go to try the food in the non-trendy parts of Dallas or what? 

kerry.prokup
kerry.prokup

This is all BS. Chino Chinatown , hands down.

rsilvasilva
rsilvasilva

Geezuz, Pollo Campero sucks balls...

Jeff Ross
Jeff Ross

when i finally visit mr. bailey, this is the tour to double with the suitcase art tour...

J_A_
J_A_

Blah blah tacos, blah blah burgers, blah blah fried chicken.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

53 Comments, come on ya'll, let's get this thing to 100!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Got some take-out from Garland location just last evening. Made sure to get more than we needed for dinner.

I can't wait for lunch . . .  Babe's product is better cold and left-over than most places can produce hot.

cas0350
cas0350

Love Babe's but also its SMU cousin Bubba's. seriously think the mashed there are the best in the metro. However, if you ever get to KC, check out the chicken and mashed and chicken livers, at Stroud's. best bird ever and a few awesome sides. It sets the standard even after the original location was destroyed. Check it out if you are ever on that stretch of I-35.

gabe48
gabe48

Fried chicken and homemade biscuits at Babe's can't be beat, and the sides are all you can eat, making this a very good deal.

Tyler Atnip
Tyler Atnip

^^ Trailer Park is a ridiculous (ly good) taco! Now I want torckys for dinner

StaciaLydia
StaciaLydia

Max's Wine Dive for their jalapeno-buttermilk marinated fried chicken with collard greens, mash, and Texas toast. Your stomach will thank you.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@JaniceA 

took the words right out of my mouth, but you forgot foodtruck blah blah blah, hand-crafted blah blah blah

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Wish I could trick the wifey and wild arse injuns into taking a trip, without me of course. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@cas0350 STROUD'S....Im going to visit my fam in KC in August, and I will ingest some stroud's for sure.  love that place

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@stacia.chavarria 

Too many yuppies and tollway D's; my stomach may love me, but my eyes and ears will shut down due to the rampant "brah's"and fake Cali accents; I LOVE the "look at me culture"!  Nope, Babe's is just as good, and with none of that shitty pretension-remember folks, life is NOT disposable. Be true to THYSELF. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Arlington is the better location.

Wish they bring one to Dallas.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Joshjuststruckoutagain 

it's freaking bliss man, just working, watching baseball and hockey.....and it's REAL quiet-real, real quiet-and yesterday I did the yard without my 4 year old unplugging the weed wacker every 5 minutes; that, and he has another famous trick-wait until I'm bawls deep in cutting the yard, and then take ALL the shite out of the garage fridge. I had to move the weight bench against the fridge last week.......well, atleast it's getting used. 


StaciaLydia
StaciaLydia

@kergo1spaceship @StaciaLydia While I do agree that Babes is delicious in all of its forms, the drive is less than what I want to make after a long day. Despite the people that may frequent Max's establishment, I'm going for the good food and with people I want to be around, not whoever else is there. Short ribs are another draw that I will gladly trade for people who are easily ignored. Being true to oneself means being surrounded by what you enjoy, not going without because of others.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

I have three little helpers to remove and rearrange all garage stowed tools.  So blessed I tell ya what.  I likey when they all pile up and head to the inlaws for the day, Caveman times brother...don't have to talk, just drink the beera..watch the games...remember what life was like before the biggest mistak..er..gifts arrived. 

todd
todd

@ScottsMerkin If I allow the clientele to dictate where I go to drink,dine, etc, I'm really no different than the douches.  They may affect the overall experience, but the food will stand on its own.     

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@gabe48 @kergo1spaceship you could have the greatest steak EVER, but if chris chris is douching it up up, brah'ing everyone and talking loudly about his killer sales tactics that affords him to lease his 1 series bimmer, the steak will suck

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@gabe48

Really?  Nothing matters but the food?  so you could cook a brisket in a city dump, or a serene national forest, and the element would be the same?   is this Helen Keller?

shannonwatkins07
shannonwatkins07

@StaciaLydia @kergo1spaceship  - but StaciaLydia, aren't you the social media guru for Max's Wine Dive?  I'm not saying - at ALL - that it doesn't make you TOTALLY qualified to answer, but shouldn't you disclose that up front?  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @ChrisYu thats funny, I remember when they told us to kindly keep our fun to the sportatorium, then they shut that down and they just deal with us now, of course we are not as violent and vulgar as we were in the Sporty

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ChrisYu

I'm trying to be somewhat fair, if I start ripping on new commenters, then Joe and Scott will only let me comment in Classified section. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@StaciaLydia 

I read this post, like 30 times, shut off my computer and started drinkin' "herd" liquor; it shut my brain off.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@StaciaLydia  wow.....never seen anybody go toe to toe with the mighty Kergo like that.....POW!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Kergo's compliments are salt free.

StaciaLydia
StaciaLydia

@kergo1spaceship @StaciaLydia Considering that Sarcastaball is on right now I'm going to take a compliment from Kergo with a grain of salt, but a win's a win. 

I have country bumpkin redneck cousins that have an affinity for certain places, but just because they had cribs with lead based paint on the bars doesn't mean I don't trust them when they say food is good.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@StaciaLydia @kergo1spaceship 

Wow, I like that; someone in Dallas that isn't completely fake?!  

Stacy-1 ....Kerg's-0.

ps-I have to admit that I am biased, we have relatives that are like mad Nazi yuppies, and they always rave about Max's, which makes me assume it sucks.  Assume...I know. 

StaciaLydia
StaciaLydia

@kergo1spaceship @gabe48 Oh dear, how we loose our manners behind the anonymity of a screen name. I just wanted to voice my opinion on Max's chicken and how it should merit a visit but hey, insulting me is your prerogative.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@gabe48

Sir, sometimes truth can be goofy, funny, harsh OR even painful. It's what I know Dallas is, as a 30 year+ resident.......as a rule of thumb, if it's trendy, it's gonna suck ,and have tons of asshole's and posers within it's doors. I RUN the other way.

ps-I wish I could block out the shite like Stacia (see below), but sadly, I am not that strong.

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