When the hot chicken fad hit Dallas a few years ago, it hit hard. Places popped up all over town, but THE hot chicken spot from Nashville decided to look for locations Texas in 2020, and landed in Deep Ellum in February 2022. https://www.dallasnews.com/food/restaurant-news/2020/08/26/popular-nashville-hot-chicken-restaurant-hattie-bs-takes-serious-look-at-opening-in-dallas/
Fans were eager waiting for the family-owned spot to open, and it did so with a bang. Really, it seemed like everyone and their mom was posting raving about the spot, and for good reason.
The fried chicken is amped up with cayenne — different amounts for different levels of confidence in your spice preferences. You can get bone-in pieces, tenders or a sandwich picking your levels of heat: There are six of them, ranging from Southern (no heat) to Shut the Cluck Up (the hottest hot). Cool off the palate with creamy Cole slaw, red skin potato salad or any of the other sides. And don’t forget the local favorite of banana pudding.
We know some folks in the neighborhood who make it a regular habit to stop by Hattie B’s, it’s so good. And they’ve managed to keep standards up from the original: This writer had a meal that was just as good as a Hattie B’s in its hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
The chicken’s super crispy and juicy, a perfect bite on its own and even better in a sandwich — you can also get the chicken grilled, if that’s your thing. OR, add a waffle to your meal for a complete plate of deliciousness.
It’s pretty awesome Hattie B’s chose Dallas, and even better they chose Deep Ellum. All the stores are different in their own way, while serving up the same, uncomplicated food.
Hattie B’s didn’t start hot chicken, but they were one of the first to take it to the masses, all the while working to control quality as they expanded. The goal was for whatever is served in Dallas to be the same as what’s served in Tennessee, and they’re hitting that mark.
Hattie B’s is located at 3000 Main St. and open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.