Delicious fried chicken is a staple of southern comfort food. When served with sides like creamy mashed potatoes, greens, or mac and cheese, there are few things better. It’s not difficult to find find fried chicken on a menu, however, if you’re looking for chicken with the perfect amount of flavor that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, that is a little more difficult. These are the top five places in DFW to find the best fried chicken.
6617 Hillcrest Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
www.bubbascatering.orgMary Beth Vinyard tested family recipes on her husband and children for years before Mary Beth and Paul (or “Bubba”) opened Bubba’s in 1981. Their mission was to share family recipes with the public. They converted what used to be a 1929 Texaco Service Station into the diner it is today. They serve all of the classic foods everyone gets comfort from in the south: mashed potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls, and their amazing fried chicken. The family has since opened many other southern-style restaurants in the area but Bubba’s is the original.
1718 N. Market St.
Dallas, TX 75202
www.gritsrule.comEllen’s Southern Kitchen is known for their southern comfort food. Executive chef Russell Mertz and his creations definitely hit the spot when you’re looking for classing southern dishes. With dishes like fried green tomatoes, mac and cheese, and chicken fried steak, you’re sure to find the dish for which you’re looking, which is, of course, fried chicken. The chicken fried chicken is great but the real winner is definitely the buttermilk fried chicken made with organic chicken marinated and fried until crispy on the outside but still juicy on the inside.
4503 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
www.celebrationrestaurant.comSometimes called “Dallas’ Original Farm to Table Restaurant,” Celebration Restaurant has been around since 1971. Homestyle dishes are served here and made with local, organic ingredients when possible. Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are available but what people really come here for is the fried chicken. There are a couple of options for fried chicken here but there is one that is better than the rest, the classic fried chicken that is marinated, battered and fried to order. Their fried chicken has been named the best in Dallas before and it’s definitely still up there with the best.Related: Best Chicken Fried Steak In DFW
2929 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
www.sissyssouthernkitchen.comSissy’s is a southern restaurant by chef Lisa Garza. You might recognize Lisa from when she was on The Next Food Network Star in 2008. While the highlight of the menu is certainly the fried chicken, you will also find some other great comfort food staples such as gumbo, beef short ribs, shrimp n’ grits, and bread pudding. The fried chicken is brined for 24 hours before being dredged in season flour, soaked in buttermilk and regular milk, coated in flour again and fried to perfection. Wash it all down with a great southern cocktail or with something from the Belvedere Tea Bar, which includes crystal urns filled with tea-infused punches.
2702 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75226
www.pecanlodge.comAt the Pecan Lodge, the BBQ pit is definitely the focus. The pit is going 24 hours a day and this restaurant has been named one of the top four BBQ joints in the world. The food is made from scratch and the sausage is even ground and stuffed in house. What used to be a small stand at the farmer’s market is one of the very best BBQ joints in Deep Ellum. It might be easy to forget with all the delicious BBQ here that they also serve some of the best fried chicken. The fried chicken is brined overnight, coated in a flour mixture and fried to that the outside is crispy and the inside is juicy and moist.Related: Gone Country: Best Southern-Style Bars In DFW