Trinity Groves, the restaurant complex in West Dallas, has a new concept that embodies the hottest trend in Dallas right now: chicken. Called Fat Chicken, it's open in the space previously occupied by Resto Gastro Bistro.
The same folks who owned Resto Gastro Bistro — chef DJ Quintanilla and manager Linda Mazzei — own Fat Chicken. The menu is Quintanilla's distinctive take on all things chicken, including Southern fried with biscuits, oven-roasted, grilled, and chicken pot pies.
The restaurant also features an old-fashioned pie cart with a daily selection of scratch-made pies.
The interior has been redesigned to evoke a traditional farmhouse kitchen, bathed in sunny yellow, with red-and-white checked linens, and a collection of vintage and modern chicken-themed accessories.
Chicken is stepping in to replace the better-burger trend that took over Dallas for the past five years. We never do this kind of thing in moderation. We now have a full-blown chicken trend with openings such as Farmbyrd, Quincy's Chicken Shack, and Street’s Fine Chicken joining already-open Sissy's, Chicken Scratch, Max's Wine Dive, and the original Babe's Chicken Dinner House.
Mazzei says that Resto had run its course, and they're grateful for the opportunity to do a different concept. "The thing I love most about Fat Chicken is that it feels like coming home," she says. "DJ and I believe that when you feed people, you’re not just nourishing the body but also the soul. I think customers can taste the love DJ puts into his cooking."
Fat Chicken will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.