First Look: Invasion Gives Us Another Fried Chicken Sandwich

Invasion in Old East DallasEXPAND
Invasion in Old East Dallas
Alex Gonzalez
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The long-awaited Invasion restaurant has arrived in Old East Dallas.

The people behind Invasion had to push back their opening, which was originally planned for last spring, because of COVID-19. Now, they’re serving burgers, sandwiches, wings and other treats in a quick, easy manner.

Invasion is a small, simple space. While there is room for dining in, the space is more optimized for carry-out orders or for delivery. Perhaps this is a good thing, since carry out and delivery may be our “new normal." Invasion markets itself as a “healthy-ish” restaurant, but in this case, the emphasis rests on the “-ish”

The notorious burger at Invasion.EXPAND
The notorious burger at Invasion.
Alex Gonzalez

The Cardi B sandwich, made with buttermilk-fried chicken, spicy mayo and a pickled coleslaw-jalapeño blend, is a must-try ($10.99).

The notorious burger, a thick beef patty stuffed with caramelized onions, jalapeño and mozzarella and topped with a seared basil leaf is also a great, filling choice ($10.99).

But even some of Invasion's healthier options, such as the Iron Fist veggie bowl, made of cabbage, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers and green onions, comes served on a bed of fried rice ($7.99). Again, healthy-ish, but not entirely ideal for someone wanting to eat totally clean.

A mural inside shows a few Dallas celebrities.EXPAND
A mural inside shows a few Dallas celebrities.
Alex Gonzalez

If you are fortunate enough to grab a seat before Invasion reaches capacity, you’ll find that the inside is delightfully Dallas. There is a mural featuring Dallas fixtures, both young and old. Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic and Post Malone can be seen on this mural. Plus, owner Airric Heidelberg keeps an eclectic playlist of hip-hop and country music playing throughout the day.

Overall, Invasion is delicious, filling and fairly inexpensive. Even the more “healthy” options make for a good break from the late-night pizza and fast food tacos.

Invasion, 4209 Crutcher St. (Old East Dallas). Open 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.