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Best Fried Chicken in Kansas City

Updated on March 30, 2016

Kansas City Chicken

Okay this is not a tale of two cities but it's a tale of two restaurants. On one end you have a fast food place that puts out extraordinary and inexpensive food. On the other you have a restaurant that puts out legendary fried chicken which has won awards from magazines and food organizations.

Forget about KFC, Church's and Popeye's. In this hub, we are talking about Kansas City traditions

How to Find KC Chicken

Strouds Restaurant-North Kansas City:
5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119, USA

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Open Mon-Thu 5pm-9:30pm; Fri 11am-10:30pm; Sat 2pm-10:30pm; Sun 11am-9:30pm (816) 454-9600

Strouds Restaurant South:
4200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 66205, USA

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Open Mon-Thu 4pm-9:30pm; Fri 11am-10:00pm; Sat 11am-10:00pm; Sun 1am-9:30pm (913) 262-8500

Go Chicken Go-KCK#1:
59 N 7th St, Kansas City, KS 66101, USA

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Go Chicken Go-KC Mo:
5101 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110, USA

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Go Chicken Go-Olathe:
1000 S Harrison St, Olathe, KS 66061, USA

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Go Chicken Go KCK #2:
8017 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 66112, USA

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Go Chicken Go KCK #3:
4111 Shawnee Dr, Kansas City, KS 66106, USA

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Go Chicken Go

Go Chicken Go Sign
Go Chicken Go Sign
Go Chicken Go
Go Chicken Go
Gizzard Meal
Gizzard Meal
Gizzard Close up
Gizzard Close up
2 piece Snack
2 piece Snack

Go Chicken Go

One place in Kansas City that I find to be special is Go Chicken Go.
They were started in the 60s by a couple who owned a gas station. They were looking for a type of food they could cook in their station and serve customers.

Eventually the chicken was selling so well they decided to get rid of the gas station and just serve chicken. They remodeled their station, and they were selling chicken to the masses. I remember as a young adult going there, you would walk in the front of this gas station looking building, and place your order. At that time, you could get chicken and a drink for $2-3 or so. The prices have gone up since then, but they are still very reasonable.

The couple sold out to their children several years back, and they have built several new locations around the Kansas City area. Once those locations opened, the family demolished the original gas station and built a modern restaurant on that site.

Unlike Strouds, they haven't won a lot of awards but they do win the votes of the common people who eat there day in day out because they know they can get affordable fresh food that is good quality. The chicken is very good, and their gizzards are awesome too.


Strouds Fairway Sign
Strouds Fairway Sign
Strouds Fairway
Strouds Fairway
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Dinner Strouds
Chicken Dinner Strouds
Cinnamon Rolls Strouds
Cinnamon Rolls Strouds
Strouds Fairway Exterior
Strouds Fairway Exterior

Strouds Fried Chicken

Strouds has been open since 1933 in various locations. They originally served other types of food but one Saturday night they had a fried chicken special. It sold out within a couple hours and they have been serving fried chicken ever since.

They have won numerous awards such as the James Beard Award for Excellence the Zagat award for best restaurant and they been featured in. publications including Gourmet magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveler and Playboy. Michael Stern of says Strouds makes the most delicious fried chicken in America.

Stroud's serve meals home style, all dinners include salad or homemade chicken soup with a choice of potato, green beans and homemade cinnamon rolls.As often can be the case, good does not come cheap, The average adult meal runs $16 and the average kids meal runs $10.

While it is expensive, most folks believe that Stroud's serves the best chicken in the country and they're probably right.


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    • puter_dr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Bouska 

      2 years ago from Midwest USA

      The Kansas City Star did a 2016 competition between Kansas City Chicken Restaurants and GoChickenGo was selected as the winner, but like they said, if you pick Strouds, or GoChickenGo you are still getting a great meal.

    • puter_dr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Bouska 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      I have been contacted by someone who wanted to argue with me about the best fast food chicken in KC. I said why not post in the hub and challenge it, but they didn't want to, anyway, they said Hooters was their choice. Okay, that is hot wings, not fried chicken. When I do a hot wing hub, I will consider hooters. If you think I am wrong on these picks, tell me here in the comments, and we can discuss them.Thanks for looking!


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