Welcome back to our Wednesday blog series where we explore Legacy Food Hall and its restaurants, ‘one bite at a time’. Today we’re focusing on ‘Roots Chicken Shak’. We just have to ask you, is there anything better in the world than sitting down to actual southern made fried authentic fried chicken? Do you remember sitting around a family table, smelling the incredible aroma emanating from the kitchen as you anxiously waited for some of that delicious chicken? Isn’t it true that, no matter how hard you tried, that delicious chicken couldn’t be found anywhere else? There’s a magic in the frying and our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
Well one of the restaurants at Legacy Hall is promising to bring that taste back! Roots Chicken Shak is open and chef Tiffany Best is ready to serve us some down-home fried chicken fried in duck fat.
The Chef Behind The Chicken
Like our chef’s from last week’s installment on Legacy Hall (available here), Tiffany was also a finalist on Top Chef All Stars. Here’s her bio:
Beaumont, Texas native Tiffany Derry began her culinary career at the local International House of Pancakes. Derry quickly worked her way up within the company, becoming the youngest person to hold a management position at the age of 17. Upon high school graduation, Derry went on to hone her culinary techniques at the Art Institute of Houston, followed by stints in esteemed kitchens throughout Houston and Dallas including Pesce, Grotto Cucina Napolitano and Go Fish Ocean Club.
Derry expanded her fan-base and gained international notoriety when she appeared on Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef where she was voted “fan favorite” and achieved a place in the competition’s final four. Derry’s quiet confidence, warm southern charm, and culinary expertise made her a natural selection for Top Chef: All-Stars, where she was again a finalist.
In 2011, Derry teamed with Patrick Halbert of the Halstin Group to open Private|Social in the heart of Uptown, Dallas to much fanfare. The restaurant garnered much praise, including a 4-star review from The Dallas Morning News. The DMN also named Derry one of the “Best Chefs in DFW.” Derry has made appearances on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and Food Network’s Bobby’s Dinner Battle.
In 2013, Derry parted ways with Private|Social to focus on Tiffany Derry Concepts (TDC), a company established to support Derry’s business and culinary ventures, which include television shows and partnerships with the world’s most recognized brands. Derry is scheduled to air in a new Spike TV series, “Hungry Investors” in Spring 2014. Alongside with “Bar Rescue’s” Jon Taffer and Chef John Besh, the trio will seek out and help “diamond in the rough” failing restaurants meet their potential.
In addition, Derry serves as a national spokesperson for the Art Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. She also gives back to the community by participating in programs with the Dallas Independent School District and The North Texas Food Bank.
Southern food anyone? ….uhm Yes please!
Duck Fat Fried Chicken Wings-3 or 6 wings
Bucket of Wings-12 wings-Served with trio of house made sauce
Big Bird-Roots original Chicken Sandwich- Crispy, Seasonal Kale Salad, Seasonal Pickles
Spicy Bird-Kimchi Mayo, Mozzarella Co. Hot Caciotta cheese, Seasonal Pickles
Seasonal Caesar Salad-small or large size-Kale, Mustard Greens, Pecorini Romano Cheese, Anchovy, Lemon
Duck Fat Fries-Best Darn Fries Period!!
Clucking Sauces Sweet n Spicy BBQ West Indies Hot Sauce Green Goddess Kimchi mayo
Well, it’s only been a few weeks open but the reviews have been promising for this chicken extraordinaire!
Let Us Hear From You
Have you been to Roots Chicken Shak yet? Drop us a note and tell us what you thought of it. We’d love to hear from you!
Don’t forget to check back for next Wednesday’s blog where explore Legacy Hall’s restaurants ‘one bite at a time’.
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