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Chicken Scratch

Map & Directions 2303 Pittman St.
Dallas, TX 75208


Dallas Observer's Description

You could almost pretend you're in your friend's backyard when you're hanging out here. The east side of the courtyard is framed by the two buildings that house the restaurant and bar. To the west, shipping containers that once sat stacked on railcars have been reinvented as furnished front porches. To the north is an open-sided building with a few more tables and a setup for games. To the south is Dallas' most attractive outdoor stage, built from wooden shipping pallets stacked into a cascading rounded giant that drunkenly leans to the side. The four sides frame what might be Dallas' coolest outdoor space, serving food that would be at home at any picnic, and lots of beer.

Fried chicken boasts spotty skin that can't stay put, but is big on flavor. Wood-roasted chicken tinged with subtle smoke comes draped in tangy barbecue sauce. Sides are decent across the board. Paired with a beer from the Foundry (or seven) you'll have the makings of a fine afternoon picnic.

Member Reviews

  • vc75231 wrote a review for Chicken Scratch
    on 04/29/12

    Went there for dinner on a Saturday night. Not the place to go for a nice relaxing dinner. Food was awful! Chicken was cold and had no flavor. Mashed potatoes were instant and not even real! Seating was an issue and
    took forever to get a drink! Plus, it was very expensive for what you got. For all the hoopla and croud, it was quite a joke. I won't waste my time and money again.

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  • Eater on 01/21/13

    The food is homey but high-quality with inventive twists like spiced oregano honey to drizzle over crisp fried chicken and homemade popsicles. [Eater 38 Member]

  • John T. on 03/29/12

    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen in Dallas.. Eat drink and be merry congrats Tim and Chris ... Wow

  • Flip C. on 03/25/12

    Rotisserie chicken > pan fried chicken.

  • Bev G U. on 05/02/12

    The Quinoa Salad is a delicious healthy side. The biscuits, not so much, but they are soooo worth it!

  • Dina L. on 03/21/12

    Let your kid play tether ball while you wait for your food.

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