Updated May 2021
If there is one, well two things, Texas does well, its Fried Chicken and BBQ, and we have rounded up some of our favorite fried chicken around Dallas. You can find fried chicken so many places, but these are the best of the best. Head below to see who made the cut!
This place holds a lot of nostalgia for Dallas natives, it has been serving us southern fried chicken since 1981. This retro-style diner that sits across from SMU took the top spot, with no surprise from us. It was one of the first places recommended when we moved here, and they recently added a location in Frisco. You can order through the drive thru if you’re feeling in a hurry or lazy, but we recommend you go in. It's just part of the experience of Bubba’s.
photo courtesy of Bubba's
Mike’s, tucked next to a laundromat in the Medical District, is another one of our favorites. And we are pretty sure some of y’all were mad we posted about it, unveiling the secret spot. The fried chicken is prepared fresh the night before and marinated all night in 10 spices. They have a particular process too, which means you’ll be waiting 15-20+ minutes but it’s totally worth it. The family behind it is originally from Vietnam and opened up Mike’s after their son would only eat his mom’s fried chicken! So thanks Mike’s son for making your parents introduce us to some great chicken!
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STREET’S FINE CHICKEN
So far we have named some pretty hole in the wall places or places that fit the description of a “fried chicken” place, BUT Street’s is a little different. They are a more refined establishment where you actually sit down vs order at the counter. You almost feel a little fancy eating fried chicken. But fun fact, if you are in the mood for some fried chicken for brunch, then you have to come here! Their fried chicken and waffles are EVERYTHING!
photo courtesy of Street's Fine Chicken
You wouldn't expect a barbecue place to have some of the best fried chicken, but we've heard it does! I mean BBQ chicken is a thing, so we guess it does make sense for them to have fried chicken! Next time you are in the Design District searching for some chicken, you know where to go!
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photo courtesy of Slow Bone
BRICK & BONES
If you want your Deep Ellum nightlife and fried chicken too, then look no further than Brick and Bones! This establishment on Elm Street serves up drinks in the heart of all the late night action! And apparently they serve delicious fried chicken until 2 am as well!
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photo courtesy of Brick & Bones
BABES CHICKEN DINNER HOUSE
You can never forget the local chain, Babe’s! Now we are aware that you have to drive our to the ‘burbs to enjoy it, but it is worth the drive or the pit stop if you are in the area. But the best thing about Babe’s is that they are BYOB establishment, one of our favorite kinds of restaurants. And everything is served up homestyle.
photo courtesy of Babe's
Located in Legacy Hall is Roots Chicken Shak, famous for frying their chicken and french fries in duck fat, which produces a one-of-a-kind flavor! Chef, Tiffany Derry, is nationally recognized, as she was not only in the final four on season 7 of Top Chef, but she also was a finalist on Top Chef: All Stars! The Dallas Morning News named her one of the 'Best Chefs in DFW,' and after visiting Roots, we couldn't agree more!
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PALMER'S HOT CHICKEN
Enter, our hot chicken favs! This food trend has blown up in Dallas recently, and we're here for it. Palmer's is known for their authentic Nashville chicken, but they also have catfish, shrimp and salads if hot chicken isn't your thing. Make sure to get a frosé and enjoy their full bar while you're there!
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RICKY'S HOT CHICKEN
Ricky's is just you need to satisfy your Nashville hot chicken craving! Their heat comes in six different levels, and you can get either a quarter bird, wings, nuggets, sandwich or tenders. They also have what they call the Bird's Nest, which is essentially fries with chopped tenders on top and all the fixings, and chicken n' waffles on the weekends for brunch! Heads up, they're closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
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LUCKY'S HOT CHICKEN
Lucky's is truly a staple in the world of hot chicken thanks to its bright red, retro, fiery themed everything! Their hot chicken is incredible, and they also have a red velvet waffle that comes with three jumbo tenders. It is delicious and perfect Instagram material! Both locations delivery on the weekends until 2 am, so when you need that late night snack, Lucky's has got you covered.
P.S. their Hillcrest location has a frozen marg machine as a nod to the Digg's Tacos, which used to occupy their space!