There is no shame in enjoying a little Chick-Fil-A from time to time, even for the most ideological among us. But if you were still feeling guilty about your weekly hangover remedy, you may never have to worry about giving your money to those homophobes ever again. Instead, you’ll be handing over your cash to Yum! Brands, the fast-food overlords who just opened Super Chix in North Dallas.
Last year, the first Super Chix location opened in Arlington, and Yum! Brands announced that they were testing the concept for international markets but wouldn’t be planning any future locations in the United States. The North Dallas location was announced several months later despite this promise, and opened its doors last week at Preston and Belt Line roads. With their fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, strips, hand-cut fries and custard, Super Chix may become your go-to spot for a fried chicken sandwich.
The Dallas location looks a little swankier than the Arlington restaurant, which is tucked into a mostly-empty shopping center near the University of Texas at Arlington. At Preston/Belt Line, you can shop for fancy antiques and buy organic groceries before completely porking out on a plate of fried chicken and custard. The interior is very modern, complete with a few rows of those fancy-ass $15 Restoration Hardware filament light bulbs that you can’t afford.
The food at Super Chix is pretty straightforward, and you’ve only got a couple of options — nuggets, sandwiches or salads. The chicken sandwich, served with two boring-ass pickles at Chick-Fil-A, can be dressed up with cheese, bacon, fried haystack onions, and any of the restaurant’s four sauce options. The chicken, for better or worse, tastes and looks just like its fast-food competitor and comes out of the fryer at mouth-scorching temperatures. As for the salads, no one in their right mind orders a salad at a fried chicken joint.
Instead of nuggets, Super Chix does chicken strips, and they’re basically just a larger version of what you’d expect from Chick-Fil-A. The “signature sauce” is also strikingly similar, so much so that you’d think there would have been a copyright infringement lawsuit by now. If you slapped these strips in a red and white box, most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
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Hand-cut fries, seasoned with salt, “sweet,” or rosemary and black pepper, are where Super Chix really sets itself apart from its inspiration. Sure, waffle fries are great, but they’re no competition for hand-cut fries that are dropped into the oil just after your order is placed. The cashier will more than likely recommend the sweet seasoning — it’s Super Chix’s signature. The blend is a little too sweet, but maybe the folks at McDonalds can give Super Chix some advice on blending the salt and sugar to the perfectly addictive level. They’ve surely done decades of research on the topic.
Super Chix is also killing Chick-Fil-A in the dessert game, hands down. The custard, offered in chocolate, vanilla and a daily rotating flavor, is made in-house and impossibly thick and rich. On one visit, the flavor of the day was Triple Strawberry Shortcake, cheesecake custard made with graham cracker crumbs and fresh strawberries. Other flavor-of-the-day options include whiskey butter crunch (yum) and salted peanut dark chocolate (double yum).
Ultimately, you’re probably still going to swing through the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru when you’re too hungry to mix up your green smoothies or whatever before you leave for work in the morning, but Super Chix is definitely a fast-food spot to add into your rotation. Best of all, you don’t even have to drive to Arlington to get there anymore.