Obsessive focus on flavor the underpinning of Tasty's Chicken in Plano

One of Tastys’ more than 50 flavors is the dealer’s-choice “Sauce Me” option. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
One of Tastys’ more than 50 flavors is the dealer’s-choice “Sauce Me” option. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

One of Tastys’ more than 50 flavors is the dealer’s-choice “Sauce Me” option. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Chicken tenders served with garlic parmesan jerk sauce is just one of many combinations diners can order at Tasty's. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Beignets are a French donut dusted with powdered sugar and served with a caramel sauce. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Terral "Hollaback" T. Slack opened Tasty's in Plano in 2019. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
When Terral “Hollaback” T. Slack moved to the Dallas area three years ago, he said there was something noticeably missing from the fried chicken.

“We season our food here,” Slack joked about the obsessive focus on flavor at his restaurant, Tasty’s Chicken. “The seasoning has gotten lost somewhere—I don’t know where—but I’m going to bring it back.”

Prior to joining the restaurant industry, Slack spent 18 years in music in his hometown of Monroe, Louisiana, where he managed some of rap’s biggest names, including Drake.

Following his move to Texas, Slack branched out and opened a men’s apparel business, a sneaker store, a talent booking agency and, finally, Tasty’s Chicken, which debuted in Plano in 2019.

Chicken wings and tenders at Tasty’s are seasoned with a lemon-pepper spice blend. Diners can then choose to add one or more of the restaurant’s 50-plus sauces.


“I wanted to put my own niche in the chicken industry,” Slack said. “It really hasn’t been disrupted in forever.”

The menu also includes fried shrimp, catfish, crawfish, fries, onion rings and beignets, all of which are made to order.

Slack said the desire to provide generational wealth for his family is what drives him to seize upon every opportunity. He said he is keenly aware of systemic inequities that predispose certain people for success and leave others at a disadvantage.

“It’s really kind of sad what is going on in today’s community,” he said. “A lot of situations could have been changed if the setup was right.”

Slack said he has big dreams for the future of Tasty’s. A location in The Colony is set to open this month, followed by four more locations over the next 18 months. After the first five locations, Slack intends to open up the business to franchisees.

“I have a cool, new concept that people want to be a part of,” Slack said. “I’m excited about where I’m going.”

Tasty’s Chicken

705 W. Park Blvd., Plano

469-209-9842

www.tastyschicken.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. noon-5 p.m., Sun. noon-3 p.m.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


MOST RECENT

An estimated 3,500 trees were destroyed by last October's tornado. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Free trees: Replace those lost in Richardson tornado and more DFW news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Aside from a large influx of backlogged cases Oct. 3, Plano has consistently had fewer than 200 new cases in a seven-day period since mid-September. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tracking COVID-19: Plano continues trend of fewer than 200 new cases per week

In the week before Oct. 14, there were 178 new cases reported by the state. In the seven reporting days leading up to Oct. 21, there were 166 new Plano cases.

Rose Mediterranean Cuisine also released a new menu that includes a wider selection of desserts and vegetarian plates in addition to original menu items, such as kabobs and shawarma. (Community Impact staff)
Plano's Lebanese Grill changes name to Rose Mediterranean Cuisine

The name change, made in mid-September, was meant to better reflect the restaurant's ambience and the food served there, an announcement from the restaurant said.

The new office includes a play therapy space and therapy rooms for adults and teens. (Courtesy Nova Cesta Counseling)
Nova Cesta Counseling relocates office in Plano

The new office includes a play therapy space and therapy rooms for adults and teens.

Library visitors will be able to look for materials and pick up holds in person using a self-checkout system and to shop lobby sales. (Courtesy city of Plano)
Plano libraries reopen for grab-and-go services, computer access

Library visitors will be able to look for materials and pick up holds in person using a self-checkout system and to shop lobby sales.

Home furnishings retailer Living Spaces has opened a store in Fort Worth and will offer a variety of designer collections, including Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines. (Courtesy Living Spaces)
Living Spaces opens in Fort Worth and more DFW-area news

Read the latest Dallas-Fort Worth business and community news.

Oct. 23 is the last day Texas voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. (Courtesy Pexels)
Tackling Texas' vote-by-mail system: Applying, delivering, tracking your ballot

Oct. 23 is the last day Texas voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.

The grant, which was awarded to the Plano ISD Education Foundation on behalf of the district, will help the 49% of students who have chosen to learn virtually for the second nine weeks of the semester. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Plano ISD receives thousands of dollars from Toyota USA for tech-related purchases

The grant, which was awarded to the Plano ISD Education Foundation on behalf of the district, will help the 49% of students who have chosen to learn virtually for the second nine weeks of the semester.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Report on Collin County economic opportunities reveals disparities in income, health, education

The 44-page report, conducted by public policy nonprofit Every Texan, outlines Collin County's economic status related to race and ethnicity, income, educational attainment and wealth.

Oct. 14 was the busiest day thus far for voting in Plano, with 11,639 county residents showing up to cast ballots in person. (Community Impact staff)
DATA: Nearly 75,000 people have turned out to vote in Plano since start of early voting

Oct. 14 was the busiest day thus far for voting in Plano, with 11,639 county residents showing up to cast ballots in person.

First United Bank team members attend the The Parkwood groundbreaking Oct. 19. (Courtesy Cawley Partners)
First United Bank breaks ground on new headquarters in Plano

A new office development named The Parkwood will become the headquarters for First United Mortgage Co. and the home of Plano's first branch for First United Bank.