Chicken Scratch, in the former Jack’s Backyard space on Fort Worth Avenue, has opened,  and if you like chicken, and food from owner Tim Byres (chef at Smoke), you definitely need to try this place.

The chicken comes fried or a la pecan rotisserie, and chicken from both preparations was moist and flavorful. Plates come with a choice of two sides, a huge biscuit and homemade bread-and-butter pickles for about $9. Family-style orders come with half or whole chickens, fried chicken tenders, sides and biscuits for $24 and $36. There is also a kid’s menu, including juice popsicles.  The space includes some covered outdoor seating, and exterior lighting is unique.  The outdoor stage is a wooden work of art by local Oak Cliff artisan Gary Buckner.  The restaurant adjoins the newly opened Foundry Bar, so the combination should become a real hangout.