Bye burgers

Dallas fried chicken trend finds another table at new Trinity Groves restaurant

Dallas fried chicken trend finds another table at Trinity Groves

Fat Chicken, Resto Gastro Bistro
Dallas loves its fried chicken. Photo courtesy of Resto Gastro Bistro/Michelle McDowell

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.