Megan O’Brien, Contributing Writer
Wandering Outside the Bubble
Located at 2303 Pittman St. in Dallas, the Chicken Scratch restaurant is surrounded by trailer parks and closed stores. And yet, once you walk through their white gates, rows of picnic tables packed with families and college students welcome you. White lights line the trees and drape over the tables. A wooden stage at the opposite end of the patio provides a backdrop for live bands to play later in the evening.
Order inside at a small window reminiscent of ordering at a food truck. Menu items are posted above the counter in chalk. If you aren’t enthusiastic about a crispy chicken biscuit, then healthy options, like the Spicy Quinoa Salad, are listed to the left.
Don’t forget to ask for a cup of water when ordering because there are no cups by the soda fountain. Forks, knives and napkins are available at the soda fountain. Find a table outside (good luck, because tables fill up quickly) and wait for the goodness to be brought to you.
The food arrived quicker than we expected. I was immediately struck by the size of the loaded biscuit— this marked the first time I ever used a fork and knife to eat a chicken biscuit.
For $8, I tackled The Foundry biscuit, brimming with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, smoked bacon, cucumber pickles, beer mustard and oregano honey.
The crispy outer layer of the fried chicken was not too fatty and inside contained a substantial amount of meat. Mashed potatoes were cleverly disguised with sauces that complemented the chicken well. The smoked bacon tasted like jerky.
The fluffy biscuit nestled all of these ingredients together.
In addition, the Green Chili and Hominy Mac N’ Cheese for $2 gave us a new perspective on the traditional dish. Green chilies added extra spiciness, and hominy mixed in a bold crunch. Highly recommended.
Chicken Scratch shares patio space with a bar called The Foundry. If you are over 21, visit The Foundry next door to pick up a beer or mixed drink. Local Dallas and Fort Worth brews are always available.
Check the weather before you venture out to Chicken Scratch, as the majority of the seating is outside. The outdoor patio evokes Austin food-truck parks and comes to life in the evening with ample opportunity to people watch. Git down (intentional misspelling) to Chicken Scratch soon to enjoy your chicken fried dinner!