This week’s #FridayFeed restaurant review is Street’s Fine Chicken near Oak Lawn.
Street’s Fine Chicken has a great name and a hip location on Cedar Springs so we were excited to try it. The space is divided into two rooms basically, you have a long bar and a few seats upon entry with a hostess stand. The hostess stand clued us in that this was more casual than fast casual. We were seated in the large open dining room which was filled with comfortable booths, banquettes and table seating. It’s a really large room with a lot of white walls and high ceilings. I hate that my primary comment will center around the decor but there were only two things to look at. The primary long wall was decorated with splatter paintings. Fourteen splatter paintings in this room to be exact. The opposite wall was covered in a collage of photos of chickens. Not framed photos of chickens but large paper prints of chickens stuck to the white paneled walls and overlapping each other. I’m just going to say that there is a lot of missed opportunity for decor in this room but the tabletops were gorgeous and the booths were covered in a super supple vintage yellow gold leather.
The brand is “old school” which I love. Classic style menu full of old school favorites and great names. Fried Chicken, biscuits, gravy, dumplings, deviled eggs, etc. We ordered the Little Devils (deviled eggs) and Pimiento Cheese Fritters for appetizers. Both were tasty and the presentation was really nice. Danny ordered the Hell’s Chicken because well the name is so fun, duh and he loves spicy food. The sandwich didn’t deliver the heat BUT the SIN KILLER hot sauce DID. I ordered the chicken and dumplings which I regretted before the waiter left the table. I know better. Only my dead grandmother can make chicken and dumplings. period. Even more disappointing, my $10 bowl of dumplings didn’t even come with a honey butter biscuit. One thing on the menu that I thought was crazy was this disclaimer under the French Fried Chicken heading – “please anticipate up to 20-30 minutes for cooking.” Sorry – who’s got that kind of time?
I’ll wrap up this review by saying there was yet another JOY Macaron sighting here. There was a JOY branded cooler right next to the hostess stand full of ice cream macaroon sandwiches and the ONLY merchandising/marketing in the restaurant were cheap lucite table card holders with flyers advertising the Joy Macaron sandwiches. The waiter said that since they only have bread pudding for dessert, the ice cream sandwiches sell well and that they keep them under lock and key. What If a customer orders a JOY Macaron? The waiter has to get the bartender to unlock the cooler to retrieve. This is the 3rd Joy appearance in 6 reviews so I visited their site for some insight. You can check it out here.
Street’s Fine Chicken is a concept by Marco Street – brother to Mariel Street of Liberty Burger. We’re going to check and see if Gene Street has any other kids in the restaurant business. Recently, Street’s Fine Chicken earned a mention on Yelp’s Best Fast Casual in Dallas list and has 2 locations. Danny and I give Street’s Fine Chicken a B.
Every Friday, Studio B Dallas visits a local fast casual concept for lunch to critique the brand (and eat lunch). Three rules apply: it’s a concept we haven’t been to or it’s been in the restaurant news and it’s within 10 miles of our office. Wait, four rules – it can’t be sushi. Danny doesn’t do sushi. If you have any suggestions on where we should eat next, feel free to leave it in the comments. Look for our restaurant branding reviews each Friday! MJ & Danny