With the holidays behind us, youd think Id be suggesting something light, maybe even vegetarian.
I dont think so.
There are no salads at Lisas Chicken in Arlington. Its a small Fort Worth-based chain that is slowly making its way to Dallas. (The Arlington spot is inside what seems to be an old Taco Bell.) And it doesnt take much to understand the beauty of their concept: simple and cheap fried goodness.
Battered corn nuggets ($1.29) are a good place to start: bite-sized crunchy fritters with a creamy corn center and a hint of sweetness.
Other bite-sized options include crispy onion rings ($1.59-$2.59), cheese sticks ($1.69-$3.09) and mini corn dog nuggets ($1.39).
Of course, there are chicken nuggets ($1.99-$7.99), but you might skip those, theyre dry.
For the good stuff, go for the thick and juicy crispy tenders ($3.79-$18.99). Even pocket change ($3.79) gets you a hefty basket of five.
Side items include corn on the cob, french fries, green beans, mashed potatoes, and slaw (99 cents-$2.49). Theyre all relatively standard and what youd expect from a place serving chicken by the basket, but were not here for slaw.
Were here for fried chicken ($1.79-$7.59), which is whats keeping this place clucking along. From breasts to thighs, theyre all moist and desirable, with a crispy skin and just the right amount of grease. Dark- and white-meat pieces are available.
If you want to take it a step further, try some fried livers or gizzards ($3.69), with a more pronounced fatty flavor. According to one online user, theyre both hard to find. Arent you glad I found you a spot?
Fried-food mania continues with the fried catfish ($3.59), another favorite at Lisas Chicken. At the Arlington location, its actually the most popular dish. Crispy lemon-pepper batter leaves crumbles on your fingers and on your lips, revealing a surprisingly moist fillet.
And lets not leave out the chicken fried steak ($3.99), also crispy and tender, doused with gravy the same gravy served with the tenders and the potatoes.
Actually, make sure to double up on that milky cream gravy it goes with everything on the menu. Dip the chicken, fish, nuggets dip everything. Go crazy. Its a fried feast.
In all, there are around seven locations of Lisas Chicken, mostly in Fort Worth. Its a growing chicken empire, but oddly enough, no one I know has heard of the place. Even after grilling the staff about the real Lisa, wherever she may be, they couldnt tell me anything about her.
I dont care, though. The one thing I can surmise is that she doesnt do salads. She likes chicken.
Sounds like my kind of gal.