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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95 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.

notallofeastdallasislakewood
notallofeastdallasislakewood

What's your beef with biscuits?  The fried chicken biscuits at Chicken Scratch and Hypnotic are might fine.  Particularly the Buffalo and Kaye's (cream cheese and jalepenos).

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Just about the same as your list last year.

Other good chicken .... rudy's, hendersons, chicken house, celebration, big momma's, sweetie pies.

Daniel
Daniel

Pretty sure you're missing a few steps in the ole Buddhism there, Scott. It's, to wit: life is suffering; suffering is caused by desire; the way to end suffering (and, ultimately, by extension, to attain nirvana) is to end desire; the way to end desire is to follow Buddha'as Eightfold Path to Perfection. (None of those eight folds involved fried foods.)


This is somewhat dumbed down, but it's the jist of it.  Buddha sure as shit wasn't an Epicurean. Maybe you'd prefer a little William Blake: "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." Blake would have scarfed fried chicken with glee, to the point where he'd finally lost his innocence. Buddha would have taken a pass and just sat around looking all inscrutable and stuff.


Judson A. Vandiver
Judson A. Vandiver

Taiwan Cafe 2's(the one next door to Maxim's in Richardson Chinatown) popcorn chicken.

Scott Strong
Scott Strong

Where's the pan fried chicken, damn it?!

Diana David Interiano
Diana David Interiano

Take a drive to garland tx and you bloggers need to visit "antojitos hondureños" ask for the "pollo frito con tajadas" (fried chicken with plantains) It is a dish like no other!!

Don Allen
Don Allen

Sissys. Maxs and Babes. In that order...

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