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Best Chicken in Dallas area

I agree that Babe's/Bubba's are good but they just don't compare to what we got years ago. I remember two restaurants in Dallas that put out some great fried chicken. They were Naylor's Drumstick and Youngbloods Fried Chicken. The chicken had such a great flavor. The chicken nowadays seems to just not be that flavorful.

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  1. Many years ago, Youngbloods was THE chicken restaurant in Dallas. A chicken dinner was $1.29 back then. With all the great biscuits you could eat.

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    1. re: twinwillow

      Chicken & Rice Inc
      8106 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX 75240-3829
      (972) 761-9708 ‎

      Not your standard fried chicken fare, but very delicious and cheap.

      1. re: crownedsparrow

        I wonder if this is the same co. that's opening on Bryan across from Mai's?

      2. re: twinwillow

        Youngbloods was the bomb back in the 60s to about the early 80s. I have fond memories and no doubt part of my rather robust stomach due to them.

      3. Maybe the problem is the chicken, not the restaurants.

        Although I suspect that great brining technique was the secret behind my favorite is-no-more chicken place (Farmer's, I believe it was called, in Granbury, which was bought out by Church's--the kind of thing that should be a crime.)

        1. Before Brother's on Gaston, I'm pretty sure it was (papa) Henderson's that had that space. People would get it for lunch and bring it back to Cityplace. If you happened to share the elevator with one of those grease stained brown bags, you'd be sure to swoon and your knees would buckle simply from aromatic sensory overload. You immediately knew your lunch destination the following day. RIP to both.

          SNAP back to current reality.... I'm looking forward to visiting the great new concept restaurant, Private Social. They have duck fat fried chicken on the menu. Not really Grandma's fried chicken - they've all gone the way of corporate franchises..... even William's has waned.

          1. Are we only talking chicken fried chicken or rotisserie chicken too? Because for rotisserie chicken I'm really enjoying Cowboy Chicken these days - I know it's a franchise - but just seeing those chickens turning over the wood makes me drool. It is so tender and moist and flavourful.

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            1. re: missanusha

              For rotisserie chicken, I like Eatzie's. The flavor is great and, the bird is never dry or overcooked as it usually is elsewhere.

            2. I really like Big mammas over on Forest in Dallas. While not the best I have ever had, they have an edge on most of the other joints in town.


              of course I only get there every few months. Same thing as Babe's it's a once in a blue moon kinda thing.

              1. Our favorite is Babe's. However, if we want to take out, Chicken Express is good. I really miss Youngblood's. There is a restaurant in Austin that has the Youngblood's recipe.

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                  1. re: irodguy

                    Shoreline Grill downtown next to the Four Seasons Hotel. I would call to make sure that they still serve it. Supposedly they only serve it at lunch.

                1. I would say the problem with the flavor is the fact that chicken farming/ranching has change drastically since the 1960's. I would suspect a place that uses local pasture raised chicken would be closer to the flavor you remember in the chicken. More robust dark meat flavor ont eh thighs and drumsticks and actual flavor from the breasts.

                  My favorite place was Leslie's Chicken Shack in Waco. The owners of Brother's, the Kazanas', claimed to have the same recipe as Leslie's. It was close but not exact.

                  I would suspect you just have to change your tastebuds these days. You either get the bland heavily coated chicken, decide to pay $15 for a leg and thigh at the high end places, or fight the lines at the local farmers markets and prepare your own.

                  If you are curious about the later version let me know and I can give you some farm names that supply pasture raised chickens.

                  Chicken Shack
                  1718 S Ewing Ave, Dallas, TX 75216

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                  1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                    Why does an organic chicken cost $15+ in Whole Foods and the same size organic chicken from Sprouts cost $8? Is there really a difference? What are some farm names with pasture raised chickens?

                    1. re: vr666m

                      I buy fresh, Rosie's (brand) organic chickens at Sprouts.
                      They're wonderful tasting chickens with the neck, liver, and gizzards stuffed inside. Prices seem to vary week to week ($2.49-$2.79LB).

                      Same fresh Rosie's chickens at Sunflower Market, too. But, a few cents a pound higher.

                      Because of where I live relative to Sprouts, Sometimes, I have to buy my organic chicken ($3.99LB) from Wholefoods. No good stuff inside and not as flavorful as the Rosie's bird.

                      Not sure of the prices and I don't remember the brand but if you don't mind buying a frozen bird, Jimmy's Market sells a popular brand of locally raised organic birds in their freezer.

                      Bolsa Mercado on Davis Street in Oak Cliff sells locally raised organic chickens as well. Call for pricing and availability.

                      1. re: vr666m

                        Windy Meadows is the most readily available pastured chicken in the area - Urban Acres has a large selection of whole birds, parts, feet, livers, etc. I think Bolsa Mercado sells a bit of it, but the selection is more limited.

                        1. re: Sulan

                          Windy Meadows chicken is the best tasting chicken anywhere! But, it's hard to find it fresh and not frozen or pre-frozen.