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Crispy, juicy birds await at Street's Fine Chicken
Crispy, juicy birds await at Street's Fine Chicken
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Where to Eat the Finest Fried Chicken in Dallas

Because there's nothing more perfect than crispy, juicy, deep-fried yardbird

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Crispy, juicy birds await at Street's Fine Chicken
| Courtesy Street's

Classic fried chicken is always en vogue, whether you prefer a thin and crispy crust or something more substantial. Dallas is a veritable wonderland of excellent fried chicken dishes, some of which pop up in some pretty unexpected places. Which begs the question: Where do you find Dallas' best fried chicken?

Not surprisingly, it's not hard to find a great bucket (or plate, bag – the vessel is not important) of fried chicken in the Big D. Whether you're looking for something classic or trendy, country-style or globally influenced, these 13 Dallas restaurants offer a bounty of deep-fried, finger-lickin' goodness.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Whistle Britches

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6110 Frankford Rd
Dallas, TX 75252
(972) 590-8991
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This chicken shack from chef Omar Flores has earned a loyal crowd of regulars, and for good reason. The birds here are brined in pickle juice and covered in a crispy batter, available on the bone or in ridiculously good chicken sandwiches. Try the Hot Dang, Flores' take on Nashville-style hot chicken.

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2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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1006 W Main St
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 245-7773
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The O.G. of Dallas' fried chicken scene, Babe's Chicken Dinner House is an excellent option for perfectly fried bird. Order up fried chicken on the bone or strips, all paired with a selection of family-style sides included in the price. Just don't fill up on those biscuits before the chicken comes.

Babe's

3. Ricky's Hot Chicken

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100 S Central Expy #18
Richardson, TX 75080
(214) 272-3735
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There are now a bounty of fried chicken spots slinging super-spicy, Nashville-style hot chicken, and Ricky’s is among the best. Halal chicken is fried to crunchy perfection, then offered in five different spice levels that range from “no heat” to “A-bomb.” Cool down with a side of vinegar slaw.

4. Celebration Restaurant

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4503 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 351-5681
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When Grandma's kitchen isn't open, get thee to Celebration for a down-home plate of classic fried chicken. There aren't any fancy sous vide machines or uber-trendy garnishes to be found, but the time-tested combination of marinating, breading, and frying is executed perfectly at this Dallas stalwart.

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5. Bubba's Cooks Country

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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With a name like Bubba's, great fried chicken makes sense, but this Dallas classic thoroughly exceeds expectations. The #1 combo – a piece of chicken, one side, and a roll – makes for an excellent light lunch, but go ahead and splurge on the three piece.

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6. Rapscallion

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2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660
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For a taste of fried chicken that's decidedly different, the birds at Rapscallion are brined in tea, roasted on a rotisserie, then flash-fried before being drenched in a tingly Sichuan mala sauce. It’s a riff on Nashville-style chicken with a decidedly unique flavor.

Lori Bandi

7. Streets Fine Chicken

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3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

A French-inspired take on the classic Southern fried yard bird awaits at this Oak Lawn eatery. The chicken here is brined for 24 hours in a secret concoction that includes lemon and herbes de provence, which results in an endlessly juicy bird.

Kevin Marple

8. Mike's Chicken

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4234 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

Whether it's wings, tenders, or crisply fried drumsticks in order, Mike's is an ideal choice. Order a four-piece chicken tender combo served with a selection of housemade dipping sauces (including a peanut butter-infused Buffalo sauce) or combine dark & white meat for a perfect on-the-bone combo.

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9. The Slow Bone

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2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 377-7727
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Order barbecue if you must, but The Slow Bone's fried chicken is the stuff of legends. Chef Jeffrey Hobbs starts off by smoking a pan of water for the brine, letting the chicken chill overnight, then deep fries the birds to crispy, crunchy perfection.

10. Brick & Bones

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2713 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 914-6776
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The fried chicken at this Deep Ellum haunt has a seriously devoted crowd of loyal followers. The chicken here (bone-in or tenders) is brined for 24 hours to make it juicy, then battered and served in a bucket, on rice, or alongside a waffle. Try the “sexy chicken,” or bird that’s deep-fried without batter and tossed in Nashville-style hot chicken oil.

11. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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Obviously Pecan Lodge is most well-known for its smoked meats, but the fried chicken may be one of Dallas' most poorly kept delicious secrets. Two pieces of chicken are hand-battered according to a recipe inspired by family tradition, then deep fried to a glorious golden crisp. Add mac & cheese or fried okra on the side and bask in all its wonder.

12. bbbop Seoul Kitchen

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828 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 248-3702
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As compelling as BBBop’s bowls are, the fried chicken is decidedly one of Dallas’ best dishes. Chicken legs, wings, and thighs are tossed in a choice of sweet or spicy sauce for an optimal combination of crisp and sticky. Pair with an order of kimchi fries for peak deliciousness.

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13. Rudy's Chicken

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3115 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 375-9234

Head to South Dallas for fried chicken so delicious that you’ll “slap yo mamma’s mamma,” or at least that’s what Rudy says. Gloriously greasy thighs and legs are some of the best in Dallas, perfectly seasoned and never soggy. Pro-tips: expect a line, and don’t forget to bring cash — cards are no good here.

1. Whistle Britches

6110 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252
Whistle Britches/Facebook

This chicken shack from chef Omar Flores has earned a loyal crowd of regulars, and for good reason. The birds here are brined in pickle juice and covered in a crispy batter, available on the bone or in ridiculously good chicken sandwiches. Try the Hot Dang, Flores' take on Nashville-style hot chicken.

6110 Frankford Rd
Dallas, TX 75252

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

1006 W Main St, Carrollton, TX 75006
Babe's

The O.G. of Dallas' fried chicken scene, Babe's Chicken Dinner House is an excellent option for perfectly fried bird. Order up fried chicken on the bone or strips, all paired with a selection of family-style sides included in the price. Just don't fill up on those biscuits before the chicken comes.

1006 W Main St
Carrollton, TX 75006

3. Ricky's Hot Chicken

100 S Central Expy #18, Richardson, TX 75080

There are now a bounty of fried chicken spots slinging super-spicy, Nashville-style hot chicken, and Ricky’s is among the best. Halal chicken is fried to crunchy perfection, then offered in five different spice levels that range from “no heat” to “A-bomb.” Cool down with a side of vinegar slaw.

100 S Central Expy #18
Richardson, TX 75080

4. Celebration Restaurant

4503 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
Celebration/Facebook

When Grandma's kitchen isn't open, get thee to Celebration for a down-home plate of classic fried chicken. There aren't any fancy sous vide machines or uber-trendy garnishes to be found, but the time-tested combination of marinating, breading, and frying is executed perfectly at this Dallas stalwart.

4503 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

5. Bubba's Cooks Country

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

With a name like Bubba's, great fried chicken makes sense, but this Dallas classic thoroughly exceeds expectations. The #1 combo – a piece of chicken, one side, and a roll – makes for an excellent light lunch, but go ahead and splurge on the three piece.

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Rapscallion

2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110, Dallas, TX 75206
Lori Bandi

For a taste of fried chicken that's decidedly different, the birds at Rapscallion are brined in tea, roasted on a rotisserie, then flash-fried before being drenched in a tingly Sichuan mala sauce. It’s a riff on Nashville-style chicken with a decidedly unique flavor.

2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Streets Fine Chicken

3857 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219
Kevin Marple

A French-inspired take on the classic Southern fried yard bird awaits at this Oak Lawn eatery. The chicken here is brined for 24 hours in a secret concoction that includes lemon and herbes de provence, which results in an endlessly juicy bird.

3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

8. Mike's Chicken

4234 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Mike's Chicken/Facebook

Whether it's wings, tenders, or crisply fried drumsticks in order, Mike's is an ideal choice. Order a four-piece chicken tender combo served with a selection of housemade dipping sauces (including a peanut butter-infused Buffalo sauce) or combine dark & white meat for a perfect on-the-bone combo.

4234 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

9. The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Order barbecue if you must, but The Slow Bone's fried chicken is the stuff of legends. Chef Jeffrey Hobbs starts off by smoking a pan of water for the brine, letting the chicken chill overnight, then deep fries the birds to crispy, crunchy perfection.

2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

10. Brick & Bones

2713 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

The fried chicken at this Deep Ellum haunt has a seriously devoted crowd of loyal followers. The chicken here (bone-in or tenders) is brined for 24 hours to make it juicy, then battered and served in a bucket, on rice, or alongside a waffle. Try the “sexy chicken,” or bird that’s deep-fried without batter and tossed in Nashville-style hot chicken oil.

2713 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Obviously Pecan Lodge is most well-known for its smoked meats, but the fried chicken may be one of Dallas' most poorly kept delicious secrets. Two pieces of chicken are hand-battered according to a recipe inspired by family tradition, then deep fried to a glorious golden crisp. Add mac & cheese or fried okra on the side and bask in all its wonder.

2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. bbbop Seoul Kitchen

828 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Korean fried chicken at BBBop BBBop/Facebook

As compelling as BBBop’s bowls are, the fried chicken is decidedly one of Dallas’ best dishes. Chicken legs, wings, and thighs are tossed in a choice of sweet or spicy sauce for an optimal combination of crisp and sticky. Pair with an order of kimchi fries for peak deliciousness.

828 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

13. Rudy's Chicken

3115 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216

Head to South Dallas for fried chicken so delicious that you’ll “slap yo mamma’s mamma,” or at least that’s what Rudy says. Gloriously greasy thighs and legs are some of the best in Dallas, perfectly seasoned and never soggy. Pro-tips: expect a line, and don’t forget to bring cash — cards are no good here.

3115 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216

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