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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/16 19:15:08 (permalink)
MetroplexJim-
 
I am taking the family to a Cowboys game Oct 28. None of us have seen the new stadium. Haven't been to Babe's either. It been on my short list for quite awhile after you have talked it up over the years.
 
Do you have a favorite location for Babe's? Not sure I will go to the original unless you say so.
 
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/16 22:09:47 (permalink)
Babe's in Roanoke is supposed to be the best of the bunch!
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/16 22:19:09 (permalink)
Off topic a bit. I've got a Popeye's less than a mile from my house. 
I'm there and back home in less than 10 minutes with some great spicy fried chicken for less than $8.00 bucks! Love it! Btw, the spicy has a lower sodium count than the regular fried.
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RE: Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/19 13:39:28 (permalink)
dutchgirl We eat at the Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Burleson on a regular basis. It is wonderful. It is a family style restaurant in that you choose an entree and then the salad, biscuits and vegetables are served family style,and are all you can eat. The entrees include 1/2 fried chicken, a VERY large chicken fried steak with cream gravy, fork tender pot roast with brown gravy, 1/2 roasted chicken, 1/2 smoked chicken, or a platter full of fried catfish fillets. Each entree is about $10.00 a plate but two or three people could share an entree, and then you still have all the veggies, etc. The vegetables are fresh, homemade cream corn, green beans, and homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. You can eat their light and fluffy biscuits with butter, honey, molasses, or gravy. The salad is simple, just iceberg lettuce but it is so fresh, served ice cold with a delisious sweet/sour dressing.
As you can tell, I love the place. The waitresses are friendly and when the hokey pokey comes on, they line up in the middle of the room and dance, along with any customers who want to.
You will probably have to wait unless you go early on a weeknight. I highly recommend going, you won't regret it and you will be very full when you leave!

 
Oh man, I'd go to Dallas just for Babe's! 
 

 
(Are there actually any other reasons to go to Dallas?)
 


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RE: Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/19 13:43:26 (permalink)
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and really it's no worse than the places that sing Happy Birthday.

 
Another practice I despise with every fiber of my being.
 
  
 
 Even at Hooter's?

 


post edited by Hepcat - 2012/10/19 13:48:39
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RE: Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/19 18:42:12 (permalink)
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dutchgirl We eat at the Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Burleson on a regular basis. It is wonderful. It is a family style restaurant in that you choose an entree and then the salad, biscuits and vegetables are served family style,and are all you can eat. The entrees include 1/2 fried chicken, a VERY large chicken fried steak with cream gravy, fork tender pot roast with brown gravy, 1/2 roasted chicken, 1/2 smoked chicken, or a platter full of fried catfish fillets. Each entree is about $10.00 a plate but two or three people could share an entree, and then you still have all the veggies, etc. The vegetables are fresh, homemade cream corn, green beans, and homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. You can eat their light and fluffy biscuits with butter, honey, molasses, or gravy. The salad is simple, just iceberg lettuce but it is so fresh, served ice cold with a delisious sweet/sour dressing.
As you can tell, I love the place. The waitresses are friendly and when the hokey pokey comes on, they line up in the middle of the room and dance, along with any customers who want to.
You will probably have to wait unless you go early on a weeknight. I highly recommend going, you won't regret it and you will be very full when you leave!


Oh man, I'd go to Dallas just for Babe's! 



(Are there actually any other reasons to go to Dallas?)



Well, we used to have this girl named Debbie ...
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/19 18:46:09 (permalink)
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MetroplexJim-

I am taking the family to a Cowboys game Oct 28. None of us have seen the new stadium. Haven't been to Babe's either. It been on my short list for quite awhile after you have talked it up over the years.

Do you have a favorite location for Babe's? Not sure I will go to the original unless you say so.

Thanks Johnny McClanahan


Yes, Babe's now has a restaurant in Arlington: http://www.babeschicken.com/our-kitchens/arlington/ .
 
We've been to Babe's in Carrollton, Garland, and Frisco and our experiences and the food has been uniformly excellent.  So, I'd try their Arlington location near Cowboys' Stadium without hesitation. 
 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2012/10/19 18:54:27
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RE: Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/19 20:11:00 (permalink)
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Hepcat(Are there actually any other reasons to go to Dallas?)




Well, we used to have this girl named Debbie ...

 
Do you still have her number?
 


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RE: Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/10/20 09:36:05 (permalink)
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Hepcat(Are there actually any other reasons to go to Dallas?)




Well, we used to have this girl named Debbie ...


Do you still have her number?




No. 
 
And, why ruin a perfectly good memory of 34 years ago?
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/11/09 19:38:18 (permalink)
Anytime we go visit our son in Hurst we take a trip to Babes in Roanoke.  They are GREAT! 
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2012/11/10 12:46:06 (permalink)
Twinwillow-We didn't make it to the Roanoke Babe's this trip. Maybe next time and there will be a next time Babe's was awesome!
 
MetroplexJim- Five of us went to the Carrollton Babe's. We enjoyed this location just off the historic town square. Great fried chicken and fantastic side dishes! Thanks for the tip.
 

 
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/11/26 07:58:06 (permalink)
This thread has been dormant for six years, so it's time to celebrate Babe's again. 
 
(And before anyone gets their nose out of joint about them being a "chain", consider that venerable Temple of Fried Cluck, Stroud's.  Both are highly successful institutions whose popularity has enabled them to open several locations within their metro areas.  Both are "local", so both are "Roadfood". 
 
Conversely, when I patronized the very first Five Guys in Arlington, VA they were "RF".  When they opened two additional locations in Alexandria they were still "RF" and remained such even as they went a half-mile beyond the Beltway and opened in Springfield, VA.  Now that they are in MYC, London, and Paris they are most definitely a "chain").
 
Anyone who spends more than a weekend in Dallas is really missing an essential part of its local cuisine if they skip on visiting a Babe's, which also offers, inter alia, killer catfish and CFS.  And I would say the same of K.C. and Stroud's.
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/11/26 15:36:15 (permalink)
With permission...
 
I've been to the Sanger, Frisco and Plano locations.  They are all different.  Sanger was in a huge square building and every table and chair was different.  Very Warehouse-like.
 
Frisco was right next to a train museum so a little of that was noted as were the tourists the buses dropped off. It had a western feel to me as well as touristy.
 
Plano was in a strip mall and I just happened to notice it on the way to somewhere else.  OF COURSE I STOPPED!
 
I bet I can find some photos on my phone or on other forums if I try. 
 
It's about the chicken.
In Sanger, my first I ordered the baked chicken.  DRY and almost inedible for me.  I was later told I should have just told them, but I'm usually not one to complain to the server unless there's a real problem.
 
The fried chicken in Frisco and Plano was wonderful.  The gravy is a cream gravy and my sides were green beans and mashed potatoes.  I found that dessert isn't part of lunch which is quite okay.  You don't leave Babe's hungry.

I didn't bother with the biscuits because I would have filled up on them before ever getting the food.
 
Off to find some photos!
 
I'll be back.
 
All three started out with a big bowl of iceberg salad that I found very refreshing.  I think the dressing is oil, vinegar and sugar.  I really liked it.  It was a never ending bowl if I wanted...
 

 
Sanger: 
Guess I ordered the corn.  That gravy seams rich with cream and I've become a HUGE fan of mashed potatoes and gravy.
 
In all of the locations they use multi-colored ceramic plates that give it a nice feel.  The food is served family style even though I was my myself, mostly.  I made up my plates.  That gravy!  Very milky, maybe made with evaporated milk.  My mother told me, "You don't love food".  I love this gravy!
 
I was also impressed that they serve individual packages of Plugra Butter.  Nice!
 

 
Plano:

Frisco:
 

 
I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/11/26 21:57:14 (permalink)
Great report and pics; thanks, mar52!
 
But, just as a 'point of order', the Plano location you describe is, in fact, in Garland.  But, as you are familiar with "The OC", you know that this area has become strikingly similar: a bunch of cities with populations of 150,000 - 350,000 in a continuous array where the only indication that you have passed from one into another is the street signs.
 
BTW:  even though their premises in Garland are not 'fancy' it remains my favorite location.  It is the only location that serves ribs.  And, are they good!  Their 'serving' is HUGE (>1#).  As you know, they serve 'full-sized' chickens.  When we go there we take home enough meats for another full meal.  Really, it is also the best 'bargain' in DFW.
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/11/26 23:37:10 (permalink)
Garland!  Yes.  I remember now. Very flat with some trees  
 
You are right about it being like "The OC"  Kind of like what I used to just call "The Valley".
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/11/27 08:19:33 (permalink)
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You are right about it being like "The OC"  Kind of like what I used to just call "The Valley".



Geezing a bit … my first trip to SoCal was 1956 as I (then 8 and a spoiled rotten only child of only children) was treated to a Pittsburgh to L.A. trip via rail to visit Disneyland in its first year of operation.  Then, travelling from (say) Santa Ana to Anaheim meant travelling on two lane roads through orange groves.  By the time of my next visit thirty years later the whole area had been paved and melded into one giant, endless mega-suburb - the same process now affecting Collin and Denton Counties, Dallas' "O.C.".
 
BTW, six decades later I still remember that truly wonderful fried chicken (and Boysenberry jam) served up at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which I happily see is still going strong.
 
 
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/11/27 16:03:41 (permalink)
Sad story about Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  They remodeled and increased the prices significantly.  Not bad for tourists who don't know better but I haven't been since the change.  I love it but it's a principle thing.  Smucker's bought Knott's and now the jars are tiny in the gift shop.  I haven't checked in the grocery stores because the last time I purchased my seedless Boysenberry jam it was at Costco.
 
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Re:Babe's Chicken Dinner House 2018/12/01 07:12:19 (permalink)
As per the Dutch girl comment, I would really prefer to go at Babes Chicken Dinner House.
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