Friday, March 23, 2012
Restaurant review: Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar in Dallas
The chicken will blow you away.
Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar is now open on Henderson, and we recommend getting a reservation. We are so glad that they even offer them! Sissy's was crowded when we arrived and we heard the hostess politely direct the couple in front of us to the bar for dinner, as the restaurant was full.
Sissy's has a bar with a big TV that, kindly, does not interfere with the ambiance of the restaurant. Decor is precious -- very southern. The whole place feels comfortable, even down to the flatware and plates.
We started off with the squash puppies. These hush puppy-cornmeal-squash concoctions are served with jalapeno jelly or honey butter. You can't go wrong with a hush puppy. Ever. That's all we will say about that. Our waiter, Thomas, was fantastic at his job. He was personable without interfering. He answered our questions. He was a wonderful food salesman. We really loved him as part of our dinner experience. It's true that the staff can influence the dinner experience, and ours was great because of Thomas.
When he started talking about the fried chicken, we were sold. This is a big deal because neither of us Dishers really eat meat off of the bone. You can get the fried chicken as two pieces or you can purchase a bucket -- and I mean to tell you that a bucket might be the way to go! There is some special process that is involved in prepping this chicken: buttermilk soak, pressure cooking, I don't really know or understand the intricacies. All I can tell you is that the chicken will blow you away. The breading is crisp with a touch of spice. The chicken is definitely succulent. Served on top of some whipped mashed potatoes, this dish makes you think of home -- if your home was something featured in Southern Living magazine, complete with glamorous Spode serving pieces. We also tried the mac and cheese. Made with three cheeses and topped with bread crumbs, this should have blown us away ... but it was missing a little something. Perhaps the cheese choices were too bland to really give this dish the punch it needed? Or maybe a more generous serving of salt would have punched up the flavor (salt and pepper were not table side, so we couldn't adjust)? Regardless, this wasn't our favorite.
The cream biscuits also disappointed us a little. The recipe had a slightly bitter taste to it and the biscuits were very dry. Even the delicious crock of honey butter couldn't salvage these biscuits. It was a generous serving of biscuits, too, and we hated to leave them. Corn bread muffins might be a better choice next time.
Dessert was great: bourbon bread pudding with salted caramel and pecans. We were torn between their amazing dessert selections, but this bread pudding was a solid choice. It was served warm. The bourbon was present without being overwhelming, and there was even a hint of orange in the ingredient list somewhere.
Sissy's has some hit or miss dishes, but that won't keep us from returning: the fried chicken is solid enough to base the whole menu around. Next time, fried okra, corn muffins, and pecan pie will be on our "to try" list.
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