Food & Drink

The Best Damn Biscuit Sandwiches in Dallas

Published On 09/06/2016 Published On 09/06/2016
Jack Mac’s Swill and Grill
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Chicken Scratch

Fork and Knife Chicken Finger Biscuit Sandwiches

Chicken Scratch

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West Dallas

I don’t know what we all would do if we didn’t have Chicken Scratch’s colossal chicken biscuit sandwiches, but I know we would be lost. Start by ordering “The Foundry,” which is confoundingly juicy and crunchy fried chicken topped with mashed potatoes, beer-spiked whole-grain mustard, a slice of American cheese, and -- wait for it -- oregano-vinegar honey. It’s stacked a mile high, blackout-good, and, if eaten before a trip into the wilderness, will nourish you for days.

The Amy

Hypnotic Donuts

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It may be a donut spot, but Hypnotic isn’t skimping on the glory of the fried chicken biscuit sandwich. The Amy sandwich is chicken that’s been marinated for 24 hours in advance of you shouting “I must have the chicken biscuit!” at them, crisp bacon, pickles, a “Southwest spicy mustard,” cheddar, and a drizzle of honey. It’s not good for you; don’t even bother wondering. Just close your eyes, and enjoy Texas on a biscuit.

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Fried Chicken & Biscuits

The Skellig

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Henderson/Lower Greenville

One of Dallas’ newest bars, sister spot to The Old Monk, has focused and fun bar food. Try the brats on pretzel bread, the better-than-fast-food double stack burger, or the addictive trio of fried chicken sliders on house-made biscuits. For 11 bucks, this trio comes with a smoky chipotle dipping-mayo, fries, and biscuits that are like delicious Devo hats. And get a cocktail, for fried’s sake.

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Chicken and a Biscuit


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Oak Cliff

Between diner comfort food, Texas summers, and honest-to-goodness pepper heat, there’s an undeniable belly warmth at Jonathon’s. It’s like a Christmas sweater. The chicken is deep fried in a shattering-crisp breading of itself, after a Tabasco-warm buttermilk brine. The gravy and biscuits are scratch-made, a delicious sandwich that’s head-to-toe joy.

Biscuit Sandwich with Bacon

Bubba’s Cooks Country

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Highland Park

If you’re on Hillcrest, just go ahead and drive right past Chick-fil-A -- you don’t need a meal with a trademark symbol. Swerve instead into Bubba’s, part of the Babe’s Chicken House family, where buttery, crusty biscuits have been ladled with warm gravy and topped with bacon for decades. Their sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich is great, but their bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit (add a little butter if you’re celebrating) is even better, and under three bucks, too.

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Chicken in a Biscuit

Ida Claire

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Among the very good things that happening at Ida Claire is this towering chicken biscuit. The chicken is beer battered, hit with a seasoned flour of salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder, and lots of smoked paprika. Ida Claire GM Benjamin Woodring confirms that the gravy is house-made, a roux of bacon fat, butter, and coarse-ground black pepper, and the biscuits are made in-house everyday. “We aren’t shy about the butter,” says Woodring. “We mix them as little as possible to achieve the tallest biscuit we can. The goal is 3ft tall.” Crispy, beer battered chicken, peppery gravy, cut by spinach, in between a towering biscuit is all you’ll ever need.

Chicken Biscuit

Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill

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Chicken, like humans, like a good soak in the tub. At Jack Mac’s Swill and Grill, which is as much fun to say out loud (try it) as it is to read, their chicken gets a buttermilk bath. A big, painterly, over-easy Vital Farms egg -- ”The freshest egg I can find in TX!”, says owner Jack MacDonald -- tops this 10 buck sandwich. It’s straightforward and delicious.


Spicy Chicken Biscuit


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Lowest Greenville

There’s a raw sensuality to everything at Rapscallion. There are briny oysters, which are always George Clooney-level sexy, and a “duck and dumplings” dish that will raise your body temperature. For brunch, skip the fruit parfait, get the spicy chicken biscuit, which is a crispy chicken thigh topped with a honey-mala sauce and a shaved pickle. It’s surrounded by a house-made buttermilk biscuit, and, wait, why haven’t you already ordered it? You’re blushing.

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1. Chicken Scratch 2303 Pittman St., Dallas, TX

Chrises Jeffers & Zielke tapped Smoke's Tim Byers to build the menu for this rustic-modern, quick-service shack, where you can dine in, or get a to-go plate, then grab beer from the next-door Foundry and sit at one of their picnic tables while listening to live music. Either way, you'll gorge on fried or rotisserie chicken, mac 'n cheese, and from-scratch, daily changing frozen paletas.

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2. Hypnotic Donuts 9007 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

Artisanal donuts and chicken biscuits pair together perfectly as this strip-mall style spot. Stop in for unique, doughy creations like the Evil Elvis or Bavarian the Barbarian.

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3. the Skellig 2409 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

This laid-back industrial pub that opened its doors to Knox-Henderson in 2015 boasts one of the best craft selections in the city with a rotating lineup of 20 drafts from Texas Breweries like Deep Ellum and few European imports (and even more bottles). The food is just as important as the drink here, and Skellig proves this with classic American bar bites at brunch, lunch, and late night. Spicy chicken avocado sandwiches ad burgers topped with melty cheese and fish sticks make ideal partners for a batch of crispy fries and a frosty IPA.

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4. Jonathon's Oak Cliff 1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, TX 75203

With not one but two daily happy hours, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and breakfast served all afternoon, Jonathon's Oak Cliff is pretty easy to love. The popular soul food spot, housed in a charming green clapboard building, serves classic Southern fare all day. While the (literally) award-winning chicken and waffles are the crowd-favorite on the brunch menu, the kitchen serves everything from breakfast tacos to pancake-battered sausages. For dinner, the burgers are the house specialty, ranging from the fresh veggie burger to the famous "Nooner Burger," stacked with bacon, ham, Swiss, and a fried egg. Whether searching for some hearty Southern fare, or a serious hair of the dog, Jonathon's will certainly deliver.

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5. Bubba's Cooks Country 6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

In an old Texaco-turned-art-deco-counter-serve, Bubba’s Cooks Country is a Southern comfort food mainstay in University Park, and has been providing Dallas with some of the area’s best down-home cooking since 1981. Family recipes rule the menu, with a simple menu boasting traditional dishes like chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade yeast rolls, peach cobbler, and of course, the crispy, golden, buttermilk-fried bird that made Bubba’s famous. Step up to the counter or drive through any day of the week for a taste of Bubba’s buttery, Southern creature comforts.

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6. Ida Claire 5001 Belt Line Rd, Dallas, TX 75254

This quirky Addison gem serves up Southern classics with a twist -- that goes for the food and drinks. Ida Claire, which has a retro, down-home theme, is dishing out plates like sweet potato chip duck confit (made with goat cheese fondue), remoulade crispy catfish, crawfish corn beignets, and a Southern tasting board: house-cured meats, low country ham, pimento cheese, smoked mustard, jam, and Ida's biscuits. The knowledgeable staff will help you pair whatever meal you choose with the proper cocktail, whether it's a modern gimlet, Collins, or G&T.

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7. Jack Mac's Swill & Grill 19009 Preston Rd , Dallas, TX 75252

If you're a fan of burgers, pizza, paninis, beer, or rhyming, you'll definitely come back to Jack Mac's.

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8. Rapscallion 2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75206

Updated Southern fare takes the stage at Rapscallion, Lower Greenville's 2,300sqft neighborhood bistro from the team behind the beloved Boulevardier. Expect dishes like dry-aged rib eye carpaccio, pickled Gulf shrimp, Hominy cheddar grits, and Nashville-style hot chicken. Double down on heat with a few shakes of the Fresno chile sauce on the table. Cocktails are crafted with house gomme syrups and shrubs, and the spirits are whiskey-focused. Try one of the made-to-order house mules with your choice of whiskey, rum, gin, mezcal, or vodka, and packed to the brim with ginger spice.