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Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Carrollton

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pplachno Jul 7, 2008 10:33 AM

We ate at Babe's last Sunday, and had the best time! The food was served family style, and they kept refilling all the sides as much as you wanted. Our server, Clarissa, was so friendly!

Excellent fried chicken, chicken fried steak, and all the sides were fantastic. The cream corn tasted like my grandma's. Imagine my happiness when I found the syrup containers held authentic Brer Rabbit Syrup for my biscuits.

I'm probably showing my roots, but this tasted like a down home Sunday dinner. I had lemon meringue pie for desert that I had them box up so I could eat it about four hours later. The crust wasn't soggy even then. It was perfect. My Little Rock friend managed to eat their banana pudding, and my son ate their chocolate pie. They ate every bite, so I guess they must have been good.

I have nothing bad to say about Babe's, and I'll make a point of going there again asap.

  1. shannydiva Jul 7, 2008 11:26 AM

    Yes, I agree with you 100%. We go to the Babe's in Garland and it is like being transported back home back in the day. With the down-home cooking and the retro 1970's Country & Western music, I feel like I'm back having dinner at my Grandparents home back when I was a child. The fried chicken, ribs, corn, and mashed potatoes and gravy are truly the best home-cooking I've had since my Grandparents passed away. I like the nostalgia and of course the food is amazing. I hope Babe's never changes, it's like a sweet trip back in time for me :)

    1. irodguy Jul 7, 2008 12:11 PM

      There chicken is actually a reversed engineered version of Youngblood's. They basically loved YoungBlood's as did many people who grew up here. There chicken is spot on to that recipe. They just opened a new Babe's in Frisco, planning on going some time this week.

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        ceekskat Jul 7, 2008 02:51 PM

        Hi irodguy, I had been thinking of squeezing in Babe's in Carrollton en route from 4:45 arrival at DFW* to cousin's in Plano. Would the Frisco locale make more sense? Please do report on the new location, we'll be there on Friday the 25th.

        *Probably 5:45 by the time we get out, had been wondering if the Carrollton detour would be worth the rush hour traffic hassle.

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          pinotho Jul 7, 2008 02:58 PM

          although it's a bit of an oversimplification , you are going to basically go by the Carrollton location on your way from DFW to Plano . Also , are you certain that the Frisco location is up and running ?? Your instincts are good , don't miss out on Babe's , whichever location you pick .

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            LewisvilleHounder Jul 7, 2008 03:07 PM

            ceekskat,

            I would go for the Carrollton location as getting up to Frisco at 5 would be worse than Carrollton.

            If you are going/coming to Carrollton from the ariport exit out the north entrance take 121 north to 635 head east exit belt line head north (left at the light) and then head east (right at the 5th light) on belt line into carrollton about 5 miles.

            This is much faster than trying to take the tollway all the way around and then sitting on the DNT through Plano.

            I would imagine a location with a few years under their belt will be more enjoyable than a newly opened one. The waitstaff will be trained and know the menu, kitchen staff will know the recipes by heart....all things to consider especially when it is home-style cooking

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              ceekskat Jul 7, 2008 04:41 PM

              Ah, just looked at the map. From Babe's, take 35N to 121 to get to Plano? I could google directions, but would prefer to know traffic conditions since it is a Friday night. Thanks!

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                BluffViewChound Jul 7, 2008 05:36 PM

                To get to Plano from DFW on a Friday at that hour will be a traffic nightmare no matter what route you take. I strongly suggest stopping at Babe's in Carrollton and enjoy it while the trafffic dies down (I think you will save some time and stress). I also agree that an established location will probably be your best option as over a new one that still might be working out a kink or two.

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                  ceekskat Jun 16, 2009 08:25 AM

                  Sorry I never reported back. We ended up going to the one in Frisco as we felt full from the late lunch on the plane. Waiting for about 30 min. outside, felt like we were at an attraction in Disneyworld. My 9 yr. was starving by then & the staff was nice enough to let her have a biscuit (inside, so other hungry children couldn't see her). Service was friendly & prompt during dinner as well. We ordered the chicken & sides for the 5 of us (3 adults, 2 children). We enjoyed the chicken; however, it was cooked slightly too long so the breast was a bit dry but the dark meat was fine (just opened, so forgiven). As much as we enjoyed the chicken & biscuits, the bland, unattractive sides were really difficult to overlook. By the time we ordered dessert at 7:45 pm, they had run out of everything except banana pudding(?). That was the biggest disappointment as my girls were really looking forward to the cobbler.

                  I truly wish we had been able to try the Carrollton location; however, if the sides are the same, I don't think we missed much. I'll grant that it is a fun place to take kids but we will not be returning.

                  Thank you Dallas hounds & apologize again for the late report.

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                    shanagain Jun 17, 2009 10:13 PM

                    Why the question mark on banana pudding?

                    (She said, showing her Texas roots.)

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                      ceekskat Jun 18, 2009 08:19 AM

                      Wasn't sure if it were banana pudding that was left or some other banana dessert, it has been a year :) Pretty sure it was the former. Looks like everybody else wanted cobbler that day too!

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                        shanagain Jun 19, 2009 10:00 AM

                        Whew, I thought you were hating on the banana pudding in a "wth is with banana pudding down there, anyway?" kind of way. And we just can't have that. (Btw, I've been to Babe's in Granbury, and have to admit the cobbler looked fantastic.)

              2. re: ceekskat
                irodguy Jul 7, 2008 06:51 PM

                Depends on how big a rush you are in. I would think about taking 121 to 635 then get off on Beltline and head Northeast. You will go under 35 and then take the next right which takes you into old downtown Carrollton. This will be much easier to get to and you will not have the traffic hassles of rush hour. I would then get back on 35 to 190 Tollway and head east into Plano. The Frisco location just opened hard to say if it's good .. bad etc since very few people have been there yet.

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                  Thefoodczar Jul 8, 2008 08:45 AM

                  FYI: Apparently, Babes in Frisco is in the Frisco Heritage Center just East of City Hall adjacent to the railroad tracks. There is precious little info on the internet as Babes has not updated their website to include info on the new location. We need a first-hand report!

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                teegee Jul 8, 2008 10:49 AM

                the Babe's in Frisco won't open until July 14

                http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2008/...

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                  irodguy Jul 8, 2008 11:14 AM

                  Yes they were evidently already supposed to be open but are not yet. I have a friend who goes by it daily to check on the opening.

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                  Wayne H Jun 12, 2009 10:25 AM

                  Having been raised in Dallas in the 50s & 60s and having eaten at Youngblood's almost every Sunday (remember Davy Crockett night?), I finally got to return to Dallas and eat at Babe's (Garland location) recently. First, I didn't think it was "spot on" to the Youngblood's recipe at all. Don't get me wrong, it was very good. I talked to two mangers about the Youngblood's connection. One told me it was not Youngblood's recipe (something I read elsewhere) and the second told me the confusion over the connection to Youngblood's came when the owners started Babe's and said they wanted their chicken to be "as good as" Youngblood's -- or to that standard. We enjoyed the dinner (too much food to eat) but felt rushed by the waitress, who was very friendly and attentive. I was told they are trained to give you the check once you say "no" to desert -- but that was not a sign they are trying to get you out the door. Other than that, a great experience and worth driving out of our way to eat there. I wish they had take out. I still miss Youngblood's though.

                3. jinet12 Jul 9, 2008 09:08 AM

                  So how do you guys that have been to both places, compare this with Celebration?

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                    pinotho Jul 9, 2008 12:51 PM

                    Babe's food is better , tho not by much . Celebration's menu is broader , a lot more choices.....and Celebration's salad bowl and dressings can't be topped.....if you want fried chicken or other fried items , go to Babe's...if you have some in your party who aren't into fried food , then you would go to Celebration .

                  2. Maynerd Jul 9, 2008 01:05 PM

                    Bubba's on Hillcrest in Dallas is a sister diner of Babe's. It's not family style, but it has good fried chicken (huge pieces!) and sides.

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                      pplachno Jun 2, 2009 09:03 PM

                      Almost a year later, we managed to get back to Babe's, but a different location. It was still fantastic. I forgot to say how the waitstaff entertain during dinner. Ours grabbed a mic and went around singing Walkin' After Midnight. We took a different friend with us. He ordered the fried catfish. Four big honkin' pieces, kind of thin and crisp. I had the fried chicken and my husband and son both had chicken fried steak. The only thing I think some people may not like would be the sweet vinagrette iceberg salad. I like it. My friend commented on it, sounding surprised, but still liked it and ate it. He really, really loved his catfish.

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                        CocoaNut Jun 3, 2009 08:07 AM

                        Anyone privy to why the Roanoke location only serves fried chicken and CFS as a meat while all other locations have added other meats/fish? I wonder if it's a uniqueness
                        they're holding on to as the original location?

                        As to the sweet salad. The first time I ate/tried it, I didn't like it a bit, thinking it was just weird. A week or so later, I found myself thinking about it as in "craving" it and had to go back just for the salad.

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                          cherylcmcneil Jun 13, 2009 04:37 AM

                          Love Babes and eat at their Burleson location quite often. The service is always great and the food couldn't be better if you are looking for a home cooked meal away from your own kitchen. The biscuits with the molasses are the best I have had in a restaurant.

                          1. Carrollton Foodie Jun 16, 2009 01:19 AM

                            Babe's in Carrollton is a fun place to eat, particularly with young 'uns. I always have their smoked chicken (Atkins diet, low carbs, ya' know), so can't join in the fried chicken debate, although the kiddos we've had along have always like the fried chicken. We've been there many times and my son, his friends, and my stepdaughters have really enjoyed it. They love finding all the "chickens" in the "rafters" and sitting on the tractor seat chairs outside the restaurant. And although the salad, which is basically iceberg lettuce with sort of a sweet Italian dressing, isn't a gourmet treat, it has enticed some of my son's friends to try it and decide that salad is a pretty good thing. Speaking particularly about the Carrollton location, I'm so excited about what it's done for our beautiful old downtown. I've lived here for 20 years, long enough to remember when downtown was a ghost town much of the time. I remember the buzz among the downtown afficionados and the downtown merchants when Babe's was readying their space for occupacy and it's wonderful to see the traffic in old downtown Carrollton now, both on weekdays and weekends, much of which is due to Babe's.

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                              mrnyc Jul 27, 2009 01:40 AM

                              we went straight to BABES in carrollton off the plane from nyc and the fried chicken was fabulous. best i've had in a restaurant for sure! loved the sides too particularly the peppery green beans, corn, grits and especially the biscuits. the mashed potatos and gravy were just a rung or two down, still super.

                              here's a couple pics:

                              some of the meal:
                              http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f370/meesalikeu2/number%20three/P1180962.jpg

                              BABES:
                              http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f37...

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                                Carrollton Foodie Jul 28, 2009 08:42 PM

                                Visited Babe's again last Saturday and I finally tried the fried chicken. Very tasty. The chicken itself was possibly salted or brined, very tender and flavorful. I would have liked a jalapeno to squeeze juice over the crust, but that's just me. It was exceptionally crispy, just blander than I prefer. Found out that it's BYOB, so next time I'll be prepared with beer cooler in hand. Among our group of 5, the mains ordered were fried chicken, smoked chicken, chicken fried steak, and pot roast. Everyone gave enthusiastic thumbs up to all. And for 3 adults and 2 kids the bill was just $50 plus tip. A great value.

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                                  mrnyc Jul 28, 2009 09:03 PM

                                  oh boy what a report, i would have loved to try the other mains too! i hear the chicken fried steak is very good. i saw folks eating it and it sure looked tasty.

                                  we are starved for food like this in nyc so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but that fried chicken was very, very good as were the the biscuits in particular.

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                                    air Jul 29, 2009 05:38 AM

                                    It's hard to do any wrong with Babe's and they always immediately come to mind when I think of places to bring out of town visitors. The balance of good food, value, and experience makes them worth a visit. I think it would also be great if some good restaurants establish themselves in that downtown Carrollton area, which will gain even more traffic because of the future light rail. I could see that area having lots of good spots within walking proximity, somewhat akin to how downtown Plano has Fillmore Pub, Kelly's Eastside, Sheik's, etc all located very closely.

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                                      Carrollton Foodie Jul 29, 2009 03:35 PM

                                      We live in Carrollton and have been thrilled to see what Babe's has done for the square. Can't wait for the light rail! I too hope it brings in more good dining. There are a couple of good places there now. Agave Azul has fabulous Mexican food, not just run of the mill Tex-Mex. They also make my favorite margaritas (and I've tried a few margaritas in my day ... and by a few I mean a lot). Amici Italian and Wonderful World of Cooking are supposed to be good, but I haven't been. Sid's Rainbow Grill is a pretty fun place to take the kids for sandwiches, burgers, ice cream, and fountain drinks. But Babe's is definitely the destination restaurant on the square.

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                                    irodguy Jul 29, 2009 08:20 AM

                                    You just have to ask for a jalapeño, I always do. Depending on who I go with I normally have to ask for extras.

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                                      Carrollton Foodie Jul 29, 2009 03:36 PM

                                      Thanks. That's good to know. Note to self: next time bring a cooler of beer and ask for a jalapeno :)

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