Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner
You don’t have to be a paranoid rooster to notice poultry-centric joints popping up all over the Metroplex. It’s sometimes hard to keep fried chicken straight, but the proverbial cream always rises to the top.
Farmbyrd Rotisserie and Fry manages to stand out from the crowd by producing consistently excellent rotisserie and fried chicken. Add well-planned sides, crave-worthy salads and neighborhood casual convenience, and you’ve got a “winner winner, chicken dinner” situation.
The new concept from Beth and Tim McLaughlin (co-owners of downtown Plano’s Lockhart Smokehouse), Ryan Carbery and RJ Timmons is located in the Parker Preston Crossing shopping center at the Northeast corner of Preston and Parker. A light, airy corner space, Farmbyrd is intentionally rustic, using recycled materials and reclaimed wood with vibrant splashes of red and yellow. Opened in January, their aim is to provide carefully sourced chicken done well in an approachable, family atmosphere.
The story of the team behind Farmbyrd actually began years ago in St. Louis when Tim and Ryan met in the kitchen at ZuZu Petal’s in 2001. With years of experience since, opening restaurants in the St. Louis and Dallas markets, they wanted to hone in on a new concept that was simple yet laser focused. Chef Ryan Carbery and Chef Tim McLaughlin are now combining their fine dining and hotel industry backgrounds to form their first joint venture here in Plano, where the McLaughlins reside.
It’s counter service with a smile at Farmbyrd. Walk straight in and head past the full bar to the back to order, where an employee will guide you through the process. Parsing the chalkboard menu on the wall can seem a bit daunting at first, but don’t let that scare you. There are two main options (as the tagline suggests): rotisserie chicken and fried chicken. Choose from a Whole Byrd, Half Byrd, Quarter Byrd (light) or Quarter Byrd (dark) in either style.
The rotisserie chicken is well seasoned and comes with corn tortillas and zippy green “byrd vin,” while the fried chicken is accompanied by Texas toast and signature “byrd sauce.”
The fried chicken is a real show stopper, boasting crispy, crunchy skin seasoned with Chef Ryan’s secret blend of spices from countries all over the world. The skin is good enough to peel off and eat on its own. This juicy and delicious fried chicken is a force to be reckoned with, and it’s something you may even dream about.
To pair with the poultry, choose from classics like mac’n cheese, roasted veggies, black beans or sweet potato fries. The more snazzed-up/elevated sides they call their “favorites” include artichokes and goat cheese, GCRC (green chile & red chile) mac ’n cheese, loaded fries, pork and beans, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower gratin.
Choose to keep it light with a salad, if you wish. The salads are quite large and definitely not afterthoughts on this menu. Add rotisserie chicken to greens, or crumble fresh spicy fried chicken over the FB wedge for the best of both worlds.
Dine in or pick up dinner to-go at Farmbyrd with its family meal packs, complete with chicken and sides. Featured daily specials give the family plenty to choose from, allowing you to indulge here several times a week without repeating an order.
As owner Tim McLaughlin explains, “We created a neighborhood place that customers want to come back to again and again. This isn’t a complex concept; we are focused on creating really good tasting food that is fresh and consistent, and we serve it in an environment where you want to hang out.”
A full bar serves Texas beer, carefully selected wines and craft cocktails to truly make Farmbyrd a destination the entire gang can crave. Live music on Sunday afternoons make it an eat, sip and stay Sunday destination.Farmbyrd Rotisserie & Fry >