Food & Drink

Behold, the chicken-fried burger

The chicken fried burger at Haystack

If we could slap whatever you're eating out of your hands right now, we would, and you would thank us. And maybe even kiss us. French-style. Because you'll need plenty of room for when you arrive at Haystack Burgers & Barley and order this: the Chicken-Fried Burger, a normal ground beef patty that's battered, fried, and slathered in jalapeno-bacon cream sauce.The masterminds behind Haystack are a fourth-gen restaurateur who ran Ricardo's Tex-Mex up in Allen, and his wife, who used spare materials from her brother's construction biz for tables...... plus lined the walls with this mo(ooooo)ving series of paper mache animal heads and installed a dozen taps with DFW-brewed beers.Need something that's "pretend-healthy" when compared to that chicken-fried burg? Go for the eponymous Haystack Burger -- it's brilliantly loaded down with onion strings, bacon, and enough BBQ that you'll likely have to use at least a little tongue.

Interior at Haystack Burgers & Barley
Animal heads at Haystack Burgers and Barley
Haystack burger at Haystack Burgers & Barley