Should I ever get the chance to click my heels three times and say “There’s no place like home” I would wind up sitting in a cozy seat near the window at Buttons in Addison where Chef Keith “Buttons” Hicks brings the soul out of flavors with a rhythm as sweet as jazz itself. Steeped in deep-fried southern tradition, Buttons is the soul of the city. And in here, the spirits are high.
Walking into Buttons is like being transported into an environment that’s designed to completely encompass you in music and warmth. The décor is Harlem Renaissance chic making you feel as though you knew the password to the most happening speakeasy in the city.
The southern soul food with Manhattan class leaves little to be desired. Chef Hicks has perfected his niche and mastered the products of his grandmother’s kitchen. Whether it’s their famous Chicken and Waffles with blueberry butter, grilled Andouille sausage, Shrimp and Grits or Fried Green Tomatoes, Buttons brings the seductive nature out of its dishes. Nearly leaving you paralyzed in anticipation of the waiters tray heading your direction. Don’t shy away from exploration of all the spices, sauces, and rubs that they have to offer either. The tastes will give you a glimpse of the tradition from which it came.
Because of the popularity of Buttons Addison the place is always packed, which means service suffers from time to time. This shouldn’t deter you because the music and scenery are enough to lose yourself in moments in time. Should your waiter or waitress get caught up in kitchen backorders just remember to relax and enjoy the music. Would you be so concerned with your refill if you were in the presence of Coltrane, Armstrong, or Chamberlain? Probably not, so just relax and soak up the soul.
Buttons has a trifecta of Blitz-Worthiness. The food, the feeling, and the folk all go in together to make this place a DFW gem. Chef Hicks may have inherited the ability to command all the taste buds that stand before him, but it was his business sense that transformed a few family recipes into citywide success.
What to eat: Chicken and Waffles, Old School Pot Roast, and Catfish
Who eats there: Soul food bourgeoisie, jazz hunters, and socialites
15207 Addison Rd
Addison, TX 75001