Wow! I was not sure what to expect out of Babe’s and I am so impressed by this restaurant. I went to the location in Arlington since it is closer to where I live. It is located at 230 N. Center Street and right next door the the Arlington Music Hall. While I am walking into the grand entry I immediately noticed the beauty of the exterior wall, which is made from petrified wood. When I entered the restaurant my eyes could not keep from wandering, the fascinating decor is designed like you are on “Main Street of a little Texas town.” I was graciously greeted, seated quickly and speaking with my attentive server Rhiannon in seconds flat.
Rhiannon sat down with me at my table and asked if I have dined with Babe’s before, when I responded with I have not, she quickly smiled and said, “you are in for a real treat!” She told me of all the choices that I have to make, which is what meat to go with the sides. The salad and sides are a constant, which is mashed potatoes, white gravy, seasoned green beans, creamed corn and a salad that consist of a bed of lettuce and a vinaigrette. The meat to choose from is fried chicken, smoked chicken, chicken fried steak, chicken tenders, smoked catfish, fried catfish and pot roast. I chose what the family restaurant is most famous for, fried chicken.
While I was waiting for my food I had another chance to look about at the themed restaurant. There is a sign that reads Grundy Hardware and above the store frontage is a track with a running locomotive, on the left of that is the front wall of a white two-story house complete with sheer drapes in the windows, moving with a slight breeze, there is a water tower, a lawyers office, a barber shop, an auto repair shop and a church. The ambience inside this restaurant makes this one of the most pleasing dining experiences I have had in a while.
If you will notice the photo I took of my food, it is brought to you in serving bowls that never get empty. The only thing not refilled is your meat choice. I had just cleared one satisfying helping before taking this photo and there is still too much food for just me. One of the servers started to sing while I was enjoying my crisp and tastey chicken with my nicely flavored sides, and she sang very well, it was a pleasant surprise. Again, I am thinking, WOW!! A few minutes later the table to my left, get a semi-private celebration song performed by Babe’s staff, which was quite humorous with one of the staff members wearing an abbreviated chicken costume. My meal was shy of $15.00 which is a great value for all the food you can eat, plus some.Free entertainment, unending sides, good food with reasonalbe pricing, great service and great ambience, what else can a diner ask for?? I recommend driving a bit out of your way for this restaurant, it is well worth making a special trip to visit. It is great for couples, families and even if you are like me, just dining for lunch alone. There are many convenient locations to choose from: Arlington, Dallas, Garland and Frisco are just a few. Check the added link for your nearest location. Don’t forget to try and save room for desert! Amongst the home-style variety of sweet pies to choose from, they get a BIG A+ for offering a sugar-free Apple Cobbler which is great not only for dieters but for thinking of diabetic needs too.