by Steven Doyle
We live in a time where many chefs are taking is back to the basics. And what is more basic that true comfort food such as fried chicken and big biscuits served with a side of gravy. But we are talking chef chicken and chef gravy, so that means totally kicked up, and always delicious. This is the case at Deep Ellum’s Brick & Bones, the curious dive bar where we found chef Rey Morales.
You may remember Morales from his stint at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty. It is this experience that allows the chef the abilities to crank out some of the finest chicken your narrator has sampled in Dallas.
Think 24-hour brined birds that are left succulent, crispy and power packed with the essential juices you will never forget. Morales makes his chicken several ways, using mostly dark meat to ensure maximum flavor and juiciness. Consider conventional fried chicken, a hot version that is making its way around menus, all brined, battered and doused with a spicy oil-based sauce, and other versions such as a grilled and barbecue sauce ladened hen. The baskets of bird beckon.
Also find a pretty spectacular chicken and waffles. Crispy waffles dressed with maple syrup topped with a large flattened and boneless slab of chicken. That spicy sauce is on the side for dipping, and you will want to dip. So many flavors. So healing after an evening of revelry.
Chicken and Waffles with a Spicy Jalapeno Gravy
Sides are not an afterthought, please order the mac and cheese. Soothing with a great bite. Cheesy. Delicious. How about a pair of large herbed biscuits paired with a tantalizing jalapeno gravy?
Order all these and stay late if you wish, the kitchen is open until 2am making this a fantastic late night choice. There are so few, and Brick & Bones is the perfect destination for night owls and industry folks to grab an amazing meal to finalize the evening.
Cocktails are superb, the atmosphere is dive bar casual, and the crowd is laid back with no expectations other than chill.
Brick & Bones | 2713 Elm in Deep Ellum | 469.914.6776