Food & Drink

The 8 best fried chicken spots in Dallas

Published On 11/20/2013 Published On 11/20/2013
Jason Moore
Stampede 66
Chicken Scratch
Max's Wine Dive
Sissy's Southern Kitchen
Jason Moore
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1. Celebration Restaurant 4503 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209

Celebration serves up locally sourced vegetables and sides, but the delicious fried fowl is unquestionably the star of the show. Load up on their jalapeño gravy for dipping, but save room -- they happily provide seconds.

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2. Rudy's Chicken 3115 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216

This no-frills chicken shack doesn't need any of said frills, just ask for extra seasoning and some secret sauce and you'll happy you came.

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3. Oddfellows 316 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208

The shockingly coherent vision of eight Oak Cliff friends/acquaintances (from an attorney to a PR ace to the chef behind Eno's), Oddfellows is a wildly creative neighborhood diner that offers something for everyone in an airy space where blonde, unvarnished wood abounds. Brunch waits can get rather lengthy at this Bishop Arts District staple, so get there early or grab a drink and people watch on their front patio and bar as you wait.

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4. Stampede 66 1717 McKinney Ave, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75202

This Uptown spot of like the classier brother of your favorite southern steakhouse franchise, and it's so Texas it hurts (in the good way). Hanging longhorns, cowhide seating, highway signs, and sculptures from well-know artists in the state are merely a backdrop for food that's equally Texan. Southwestern staples and American takes on Mexican fare like chicken tamales, tacos topped with beef brisket and fried oysters, and (of course) top-notch bbq offer up a new experience that manages to maintain that familial feeling one can only get in Texas.

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5. 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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6. MAX's Wine Dive 3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

If you’re planning on heading to MAX’s leave your calorie counter at home and embrace the slogan, “fried chicken and champagne... why the hell not?” because that pretty much sums up the menu. This industrial, southern-style vinoteca features exposed brick, high top tables, and a whole wall wine of wine bottles that is almost as imposing as their wine list featuring vino from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and good ol’ Texas herself. They have beer on tap for those who prefer a different kind of bubbles as well as a full bar. MAX’s menu is all about the frier: expect chicken and waffles and honey-butter fried chicken benedict over biscuits at brunch, and classic fried chicken dishes among sinfully cheesey mac and cheese and Fried Lobster Risotto options.

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7. Sissy's Southern Kitchen 2929 Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX

Quit being a p-word about your diet, and hit Sissy's Southern Kitchen, where Lisa Garza's tapping her Memphis roots in a patio-equipped space where a trio of deer heads rule a wall replete with china, and the fixtures -- salvaged from the 1914 Neiman's inferno -- were crafted by Henry Potter, who despite being a Dallas blacksmith, was also the richest man in Bedford Falls.

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8. Babe's Chicken Dinner House 6475 Page Rd, Frisco, TX 75034

This literal brick barn is a sight for sore eyes in Dallas' swanky Frisco suburb. The vintage tractors and mounted longhorns might not make for a believable fried chicken restaurant, but the quake-inducing crunch of the buttermilk coating on Babe's soft and tender chicken will assure you you're in the right spot, as will a hefty side of biscuits and gravy. And maybe a meringue pie for desert, if you brought your loose pants.