10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in Missouri

Missouri is a state that may be famous for its barbecue but believe us when we tell you that the cooks in the Show Me State are no slouches when it comes to fried chicken, either. Chefs across the state have spent years perfecting their brines and spice blends into little pieces of crunchy, juicy heaven. Here are our favorite places for such delicious fried chicken in Missouri.

Southern, St. Louis, MO

Southern, St. Louis’ upscale answer to down-home cooking, may reach a culinary pinnacle with its fried chicken. Inspired by Nashville-style hot chicken, at Southern, you pick the pieces you want, a couple of sides, and just how hot you want your chicken. Heat choices range from original (“hint of spice”) to cluckin’ hot (“may burn the next day”).

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Brookside Poultry Company, Kansas City, MO

The secret to Brookside Poultry Company’s incredibly tasty fried chicken is a 48-hour sour cream brine. They also offer fried chicken wings and chicken tenders for folks who prefer the boneless variety. Be sure to get a side of fried green tomatoes for a tangy counterpoint to that savory bird.

Ms. Kim’s Fish & Chicken Shack, Columbia, MO

If you ask, “fried chicken?” in Columbia, most folks will reply with “Ms. Kim’s Fish and Chicken Shack!” They are as well known for their golden-brown catfish as they are for their crispy, juicy chicken. The fish and chicken are always cooked separately and made to order, so be prepared to wait a mouth-watering 15 or so minutes for your chicken fix.

Byrd & Barrel, St. Louis, MO

Byrd and Barrel’s motto—“gourmet chicken fast”—only reveals part of the reason for this chicken joints’ popularity. Yes, their chicken is brined in buttermilk for three days, then dredged and chilled for the crispiest most flavorful finish. But the freshness of their ingredients and scratch-made prep is what sets Byrd & Barrel apart from its fast-casual competition. They source their chicken—and as many other ingredients as possible—locally to ensure the best quality end product.

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Portia’s Café, Kansas City, MO

When it comes to comes to comfort classics like fried chicken, the most outstanding examples can often be found in the humblest of establishments, such as Portia’s Café in KC. Portia’s is all about signage and social media and marketing. Rather, they concentrate on what’s most important to their customers: The food. And Portia’s loyal fans come back for the food—especially the fried chicken plate—time and again.

The Blue Skillet, Jefferson City, MO

Jefferson City is several hundred miles from Atlanta, but you can get a plate of Georgia-style soul food—anchored by a couple pieces of perfectly-fried chicken—at the Blue Skillet. Add some mac and cheese and fried okra to round out your Down South experience.

Farmers Gastropub, Springfield, MO

Although fried chicken can be miraculous in its simplest form, an occasional elevated take on this favorite comfort food can be downright mind-blowing. Take the fried chicken at Farmers Gastropub in Springfield, for instance: You get their delicately fried chicken, paired perfectly with bacon and mushroom miso mac and cheese, blue cheese, green onions and a honey sriracha sauce. We dare you not to lick that plate clean!

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MEs Place Soul Food Kitchen, Joplin, MO

Fried chicken is a soul food necessity. So, it’s really no surprise at all that MEs Place Soul Food Kitchen in Joplin does fried chicken as well as they do. They use generations-old family recipes to make all the restaurant’s food. But that crispy, golden chicken seems to outshine everything else—even the catfish.

Farmhouse Restaurant, Branson, MO

Folks who feel a hankerin’ for fried chicken in Branson frequent the Farmhouse Restaurant. While they have fried chicken in several guises—chicken tenders, chicken sandwich, for example—you want the house specialty chicken-fried-chicken platter (no, that is not a typo). It’s hand breaded, fried chicken that’s served Sunday dinner-style with mashed potatoes, a biscuit, and an additional side, such as sweet potato or fried okra.

Grace Meat + Three, St. Louis, MO

Another Nashville-style hot chicken entry, Grace Meat + Three does everything right. From perfectly brined, breaded, spiced and fried chicken to just the right balance on the Nashville hot sauce (you can go without, if you must), there are no misses at Grace. We loved the collard greens and hoppin’ john side dishes, too.

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