If you’re offending by chicken-themed replacements for the F word, stop reading right now. Because the recently opened Palmer’s Hot Chicken loves to throw around the word cluck like there’s no tomorrow.
That’s how we knew we’d love the experience before we even set foot in the door. Not only do they have messages, such as “Wake the cluck up, Dallas!“, they also taunt salad eaters as “Weenie People.” (We’re weenie people, but for an entirely different reason.)
And if you’re offended, then you really need to get a life.
Anyway, now that we’ve set the mood for this restaurant venture from Texas native Palmer Fortune (above), we can assure you that even though he doesn’t take himself seriously, he certainly takes his food seriously.
After living in Nashville for years and learning the secrets of authentic Nashville hot chicken at his successful restaurants there, he’s brought the heat to Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood—and it’s easily one of our favorite spots launched during the pandemic. We ate there two weeks ago and we’re still craving several menu items, from the smothered pimento queso tots to the jumbo tenders with the best honey mustard dipping sauce we’ve had in decades.
We’d also put their fried gulf shrimp up against any seafood spot in town.
Another great thing about Palmer’s Hot Chicken is that you can order your chicken grilled or fried, they have both bone-in and boneless options, and you can choose from four spice levels, which range from the no-spice naked to brain-exploding napalm.
If you’re looking for something handheld versus knife-and-fork, you definitely need to try the hot chicken Caeser wrap (the lettuce and dressing tame the heat) or the signature MotherClucker (pictured above) loaded with pimento cheese and pickles. If you’re feeling extra crazy, you can even replace the bun with waffles.
There’s a full bar, too, so if you’re dining in, hanging out on the patio, or even getting your order to-go, you can enjoy a wide range of cocktails from their full bar. Signature cocktails include frosé, a pineapple bee sting, and a mint julep if you want to feel like a true southern lady.
But we’ve saved the best for last. If you haven’t been paying attention when Googling businesses on your smartphone, make sure to scroll down below the address, phone number and website info and look for the rainbow flag. If there’s one there, that means the business has taken extra steps to let people know that they’re LGBTQ-friendly. It’s a small gesture, but a very important one in our book, so we’re extra eager to support businesses like Palmer’s Hot Chicken that wish to make us feel safe.
Even if our taste buds are afraid. Very afraid.