Photo by Shannon Richardson

Charlee’s Chicken

The feedback we’ve been getting is this is the best chicken they’ve ever had,” says David Ballard, one of the proprietors of the new Charlee’s Chicken on Polk Street. “It’s the best fried chicken in Amarillo.”

Ballard’s collaboration with Marco Camp and Brian Singleton—a veteran restaurateur and former owner of Crush—has introduced a new “casual but gourmet” dining option to the former home of Polk Street Eats, just south of The Barfield. The menu is built around tender, slow-cooked rotisserie chicken. Charlee’s opened this fall after a soft opening in September, offering a full bar, desserts made in-house, and a dog-friendly covered patio. 

Our clandestine “Cloak & Diner” author visited Charlee’s a few weeks ago for a review in Flavorillo, our local food-culture email newsletter. Here’s what they wrote: “Their chicken is dry rubbed and rotisseried, or battered and deep-fried, then doused with creative sauces that make it a standout from what you might find at any chicken shack competitors. Their signature dish is rotisserie chicken pieces served bone-in and piping hot, crisp-tender skin roasted to perfection, locking in juices that diners will want to sop up with an extra biscuit.”

The restaurant also features an expansive wine menu hand-picked by Singleton and a 4 to 6 p.m. daily Happy Hour. The owners tease future live music offerings and a possible brunch rollout next spring, all part of their desire to “spread happiness and bring traditional comfort food to downtown.”

614 S. Polk St.

806.376.4700 |