Every city has a local favorite restaurant to have some fried chicken.
If you live in the Kansas City metropolitan area in Missouri, and you've been there for a while, odds are you already have your favorite venue for comfort food, especially fried chicken. If you're traveling there, then there might be a couple of places you might want to check out.
Whether you're pulling through a fast food stop or sitting down for a meal, if fried chicken is your desire, you may not be particular about where you fulfill that desire. Even if you make the best fried chicken, sometimes it's worth the trip out to a restaurant just to avoid the preparation and clean-up.
During the years I was growing up, my dad did most of the cooking and he knew how to cook southern meals since he was from the south. We traveled frequently since he was in the Air Force, but the more he cooked, the more southern flavors met the kitchen table. His fried chicken was the best until he stopped making it for healthier meal options. Then, fried chicken became a special treat item.
As fast food chains grew, it became a treat to go by Kentucky Fried Chicken. It wasn't homemade mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, but the fried chicken satisfied the palate's wish.
When we moved to Kansas City, we discovered Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor which we loved because we felt like we were at someone's country home, sitting down for an awesome country meal with bowls of mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and all that fried chicken!
After my parents retired, I started making my own fried chicken but seldom. Most people know when you fry chicken in the house, the smell lingers, similarly to frying bacon. But if you fry either in the oven, it's less messy.
Through the years, I discovered that Popeye's was pretty tasty. They're known as Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen now but it's had other names. With my dad being born in Louisiana, and hearing word-of-mouth comments about how good it was, I had to try it. Plus, with my dad stationed at Barksdale AFB, and my brother and I being born in the state, there was that emotional tie to try it.
If you like the country kitchen feeling along with the taste of good fried chicken in Kansas City, I also recommend The Corner Cafe in the Riverside neighborhood (not to be confused with the Corner Bakery Cafe chain). This spot also has all the comfort food options.
Lastly, if you want to try something new that's also good, but slightly pricey, order at Zaxby's. It exceeded my expectations. This place has chicken everything and the chicken sandwich is pretty amazing.
If you have never been to Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor, go there first. On your next chicken stop, head over to Riverside's Corner Cafe. If you're just stopping through Kansas City, avoid the large chains and try the local favorites.
Thanks for reading, and good luck on your search for your favorite fried chicken!