Best Chicken Spots In The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
At 26-years-old I like to think of myself as a well seasoned chicken connoisseur (pun intended). I’m also relatively single, and have been on my fair share of dates through the past few years. If one thing has remained constant, it’s my affinity for eating chicken and taking the people I go on dates with to those spots. Dallas is the home of some of the world’s best chicken. Don’t argue with me; I’ve been to Nashville (loved their chicken), been to Alabama, ate chicken in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina (disgusting) and almost every state on the East Coast, including DC, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Though I still have some states to knock off on my chicken world tour, I thought I’d detail some of the DFW metroplex best chicken restaurants to take a date to.
Address: 9810 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75243
This here is Mecca. No you can’t sit down. No you can’t pay with cash. Yes, the chicken is phenomenal. Yes, it’s open till midnight on weekdays and 3 am on weekends. Yes, it’s located in North Dallas, right off Forest Lane. And finally, yes, they serve your food with love. This is family, the chicken’s always crispy and brown, it’s never too salty, and the way the seasoning tastes on the fries…..ooooooweeeeee.
Ps: You’re might have to go back to the crib to eat this one, but if you’re really really playa with it, get it to go, make you a picnic basket, put your best wine and brown liquor in said picnic basket and go find a lake or somewhere nice where you and your date can eat, drink and people watch in peace.
Address: 2713 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75226
One of my coworkers hipped me to this place earlier this year. He’s melanin deficient but if you’re from the south, you know even they can whip up some good ass fried chicken. The hot chicken here is phenomenal. The sexy chicken is to die for. I didn’t think I’d like habanero Mac n cheese upon arrival, but after being coerced into trying it, I found out that it was delicious. They also have elotes, a Texas delicacy (I don’t care what you Californians have to say) and their drinks are affordable, have a perfect amount of alcohol content and go really well with crispy, golden chicken that falls off the bone.
Address: 2540 Old Denton Rd #136, Carrollton, TX 75006
Everytime I eat Wingstop, I can basically cancel my day. Like bruh, I can’t move and by the completion of the last lemon pepper wing, I’m cashed and out like a light. Like a light, ayeeee. Ok enough, Rice Chicken will have you ready to run a 10k after eating a 15-piece. I can’t even run a 10k, but shit I can run me at least two laps after eating this jawn. It’s not that the portions are sparse by any means, it’s just something about rice-flour fried chicken that doesn’t zap the life out of you. They’ve got a host of flavors which includes, orignal, sweet and spicy, honey garlic, soy sauce, snow cheese and volcano. I’m a basic fellow, so I just prefer to get the lemon pepper on the side. If you wanna be fancyish with your chicken eating, this may be the place for you. It’s not fancy fancy but it’s not your average chicken spot -- if she wants her lil fancy smancy drink, she can get it.
PS: You’ve gotta try the cheese corn here. It’s crack.
Address: 4121 Colonial Ave, Dallas, TX 75215
Drive down to sunny South Dallas, stop at 4121 Colonial Ave and you’ll see a convenience store. Inside that store is some of the best chicken you will eat in your life. Now, Big Daddy’s isn’t your typical chicken joint, but listen..my love for hood spots will always supercede the others. The food is typically better and the people treat you like family; there’s really nothing more you can ask for. My girl may be on a diet and prefer the fried chicken salad. You know something for the healthy folks. And if that’s the case, I’ll probably be eating most of her meal. I’m not lying when I say I’ve dreamed about the fried chicken salad. Shoutout to my former employers at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters for showing me this gem, I am forever indebted to y'all, especially Ms. Nora.
Address: 9759 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75243
I was actually taken on a date here and to this day I still love that woman because her passion for chicken complimented mine. Shark’s is the real deal Holyfield. Another North Dallas chicken spot on Forest Lane, but there’s a few differences between here and Big Mama’s. For one you can call in your order and sit down. Secondly, they accept card. Now to the food. The lemon pepper seasoning will captivate your date even if you’re a shitty communicator, the fries are made to perfection and there’s a Citi Trends looking you dead in the face when you walk out. Listen if there’s a Citi Trends in the vicinity of the chicken, I know it’s about to be good. Shark’s didn’t disappoint.
Address: 1201 E State Hwy 114 #100, Southlake, TX 76092
If you ever questioned if we had quality chicken in the city of Southlake, ask no more. Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles is located in Town Square and is run by friend of 4MP Mike Haynes. It’s a swanky restaurant that gets really crowded, especially for brunch on Sundays and has really good drinks. The Chicken is great, the macaroni and cheese might be better and they have collard greens. That’s honestly my Big 3, it’s all I ever really want and I thank God for it and Lolo’s.