A new restaurant in Arlington called The Buffalo Spot brings together a trio of the hottest trends. It combines boneless chicken tenders, Buffalo chicken, and french fries, all in one glorious signature dish called Buffalo fries.
Located at 1707 N. Collins St., near Hurricane Harbor and a half-mile from AT&T Stadium, The Buffalo Spot is a chain from California, where it debuted in Long Beach in 2012.
Founder Ivan Flores, who grew up in San Diego, had the idea to combine fried boneless chicken with french fries. They have boneless chunks and traditional chicken tenders. They also do chicken wings with sauces such as chipotle; Cajun; honey barbecue; pineapple jalapeño; sweet & sour; garlic parmesan; teriyaki; lemon pepper; Jamaican jerk; and varying levels of hot, including original hot, very hot, and atomic hot.
Sides include fries, onion rings, and veggie sticks. They also have burritos, wraps, and a few salads, including chicken Caesar and a buffalo chicken with chicken chunks atop Romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion.
Shakes come in three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.
Most of their locations are in Southern California, south of Los Angeles, but they're also in Phoenix, Arizona. Arlington is the second location in Texas, following one that opened in El Paso in April 2019.
The Arlington store is from Dale Braunersrither and Jacob Meyer, who moved to Texas from Arizona to oversee the opening.
"One of our themes is that we're the place where the chicken meets the potato," Meyer says. "That's the combination of chicken and fries, and our Buffalo fries are a great dish. It starts with a bed of fries, then the Buffalo chicken, then your choice of sauce from our 13 options."
The fries are cut a quarter-inch thick — a little bigger than shoestring but still thin and crisp. "They're triple-coated, so they stay extra crispy, which you need, because they're going to be drenched with chicken and sauce," he says.
They've landed a spot at Champions Park, the complex at I-30 and North Collins, joining neighbors such as Torchy's Tacos, BurgerFi, The Halal Guys, Social House, Tokyo Joe’s, Rocket Fizz Candy Shop, Yumilicious, and Buttermilk Sky Pies. Their plan is to get the location on its feet and then expand around Dallas-Fort Worth.
"We're hoping to open more; as long as we're successful, we'll open as many as we can," Meyer says.