On a quest to find the best fried chicken in Dallas? Put Babe’s Chicken Dinner House on your must-try list.
Babe’s has been around since 1993 and is famous for its fried chicken. An order gets you half a bird, four pieces of tender, hot, crispy, greasy-good eating. Equally excellent are the fried chicken tenders – no bones, less grease, less messy to eat – and the fried catfish. You can’t go wrong with the chicken-fried steak, either. And for those who don’t like fried, they offer hickory-smoked chicken. Five choices may seem limited, but it’s part of their successful formula: keep it simple and do it well.
Once you pick your entrée, the feast begins. Every order comes with made-from-scratch, unlimited portions of real mashed potatoes, cream gravy, green beans, steamed corn shucked fresh off the cob and mixed with milk, butter and more, plus a light salad (lettuce with a hint-of-sweet dressing). And buttermilk biscuits, served with real butter and little pitchers of honey and sorghum. Salad and biscuits come out first – it’s a challenge not to fill up on those, but try to pace yourself. Chicken/fish then arrive piled on platters, with veggies served in large bowls, family style, for sharing.
Babe’s not only has some of the best fried chicken in Dallas but, if you can possibly save room, great desserts as well. Choose from outstanding lemon meringue pie, yummy chocolate meringue pie, coconut cream pie, banana pudding and pineapple upside down cake. Too full? You can always get pie to go.
The restaurant is casual and family friendly, and prices are reasonable. Costs are $13.99 or $14.99 for entrees, $1.79 for iced tea and soft drinks and $2.99 for a slice of pie.
The Best Fried Chicken in Dallas: Nine Locations, No Reservations
Babe’s started in Roanoke and now has branches in Arlington, Burleson, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Frisco, Garland, Granbury and Sanger. The Carrollton location is a favorite; it opened in 2004 in the historic town square on the site of a former lumberyard. It seats 240 in two rambling wooden buildings and offers a large outdoor covered patio with scattered seating where folks wait for their tables, with a firepit to keep warm in chilly weather.
Babe’s is extremely popular year-round and doesn’t take reservations. If you’re going for dinner, go as early as possible – by 5:30 there’s a wait, and by 6:30 that wait could be long, especially on weekends. But you’ll be rewarded with some of the best fried chicken in Dallas and a new favorite place to bring family and friends.