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Savory Memories: The Unforgettable, Edible Comforts of Chicken Scratch

By Paul Rowe

There is such a thing as tasty memories, at least for the people of Dallas, Texas. Dallas is rightly famous for its comfort grub, and foodies in "The Big D" have endless stores of exquisite tastes piled high in their memory banks. Thanks to Chicken Scratch, these memories are still created every day in Dallas.

"To me, taste memory is important," says Chicken Scratch Chef and Owner Tim Byres. "If you taste the food at Chicken Scratch and it brings up a memory of a really good meal you had in your childhood or sometime in your past, then we've done our job."

Chicken Scratch's down-home, comforting entrees strike the heart's core for countless Texans savoring familiar feelings and deeper connections from comfort fare. Every employee at Chicken Scratch exudes a palpable and palatable sense of hospitality and welcoming warmth.

All the chicken served here is made from scratch with a nostalgic flavor profile. Each bite recreates sincere and clean flavors that usher in a flood of memories of the past in today's world. Texans are tired of their important values and standards becoming lost in the "on the go" lifestyle of contemporary culture. At Chicken Scratch, time seems to take on a slower pace: memories of seemingly endless summer nights, picnic blankets, and fried chicken shared with loved ones are instantly resurrected, and sustained, with each bite.

Focused flavors from a pecan wood-fired rotisserie lend Chicken Scratch's wings a delectably nuanced zest. Chicken breast, leg, and thigh are slow-cooked and marinated in tangy chili mojo vinaigrette, wonderfully complimented by steamed tamales covered in delicious Tejano red sauce. Buttermilk fried chicken comes in boneless chicken breast strips of three, six, or twelve, served with signature homemade ranch, Tejano red, oregano & vinegar, salsa verde, sweet beer mustard, and spicy buffalo sauces.

From homemade buttermilk biscuits and butter, whole pickled jalapenos, spicy pickled veggie cups, cabbage and vinegar slaw, sweet and salty fries, and stewed turkey collard greens, all the way down to the mashed potatoes and fried chicken gravy, sides at Chicken Scratch rival the richness of their entrees and spark tender memories of cherished childhood picnics.

At Chicken Scratch, it's all about the happiness inspired by a balanced meal. "The biscuit sandwiches and our chicken and coconut waffles are very popular," says Byres. "There is a balance to those dishes of both savory and sweet. Our homemade biscuit are a home run. I would say that the secret to quality fried chicken is the quality of meat and the happiness of cook."

Chicken Scratch's own Foundry serves all of Dallas's classic brews and offers a unique live music experience. Live outdoor music is relaxed and laid back; the experience is more important than the beer. On May 22nd, the Foundry will host its 3rd Annual Salute to King Creole Festival, serving up crawfish and fixin's to the feverish romp of zydeco music. The Foundry hosts incredible local music every weekend.

"Everything we do has a sense of hospitality," says an enthusiastic Byres. "Working for Chicken Scratch is just like throwing a party at your house, and we wanted to put our best foot forward to make this feel like home: It's about caring for people and welcoming them in more than anything else."

Chicken Scratch hospitably welcomes its customers to remember times of comfort with their family, and true Texans savor these memories with open hearts, minds, and mouths.

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