Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
1006 West Main Street
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House isn’t fancy, by any means, and as their web site boasts, Babe’s doesn’t spend a lot of money on décor or advertisements. In fact, the Carrollton location was once a lumberyard before Babe’s opened its’ doors in 2004. The small red brick building reminds you of an old school house once you walk through the doors. The tables are positioned side by side in straight lines with about 10-12 rows. Babe’s has the capacity to host small or large groups, and because the tables are aligned side-by-side in one long row, large parties can be seated at the same table without the staff having to pull any tables together. Babe’s seating definitely has a homely feel to it, other than the fact that you may be seated next to a stranger. Not to mention, the entire kitchen is an open area which can be viewed directly from your seat.
Babe’s wants you to feel at home as they serve you up some of their good ol’ comfort food. There are no menus, being that the sides are the same, so you only have to choose your meat. Babe’s offers fried or hickory smoked chicken, fried catfish, chicken tenders, and chicken fried steak. The fried chicken has a deliciously flaky, crispy coating and includes a half a chicken, although the chicken itself was under-seasoned. The chicken fried steak was very good, with its’ golden fried batter, but the portion was nowhere near in comparison to the half fried chicken.
The sides are brought out to you in large serving bowls, just like you would have at home. Sides included seasoned green beans, dismal mashed potatoes and some kind of corn. The green beans were the best thing on the plate. Although Babe’s claims to use only fresh ingredients, the mashed potatoes tasted like a box of instant potato flakes, which was very disappointing! After all, who wants to leave the comfort of their home only to be served instant potatoes? And that corn…what is in that corn? Babe’s corn is unusual, it’s not your regular creamed corn, it’s more like some sort of butter-creamed corn concoction. The first bite was puzzling, trying to decide if it was tasty or not, but each bite gets a little bit better. Babe’s buttermilk biscuit recipe is a good one and could have made for a tasty little treat had they been just a little more browned on the top. And let’s not forget that salad. My stomach turns just thinking about that sad bowl of iceberg lettuce that they called a salad. Babe’s salad consisted of lettuce and a vinaigrette-type style dressing and that’s it. No tomato, no cucumber, carrot, NOTHING! Just lettuce. And that vinaigrette dressing tasted like vinegar and sugar water…please pass the ranch!
Service at Babe’s was mediocre, our waitress was courteous but not friendly. The waitress did not even offer us dessert after our meal and when we asked for a to-go container for the rest of the chicken, the waitress brings out a clear plastic bag. After leaving the bag on the table for a few minutes, we finally asked the waitress was the transparent plastic bag all that she had? Her reply was “That’s our doggy bag.” As embarrassing as it sounds, the plastic bag made for a pretty good bag and kept the crispy chicken breading intact.
On the bright side, Babe’s courtyard was beautiful and perhaps the brightest spot of this visit all together. All in all Babe’s was quite a let-down. After hearing about how GREAT their food and atmosphere was, this visit just didn’t match up to all of the hoopla! Babe’s stays packed with patrons and with such a small parking lot it’s not unusual to see cars parked across the street and all along the street. Needless to say, this was my first AND last visit to Babe’s. The not-so-friendly waitress, family-style row seating, instant potatoes and that sugary sweet lettuce they called a salad, definitely left a bad taste in my mouth and doesn’t remind me of good old fashioned home cooking at all! Bye, Felicia Babe’s!