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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/09/15 22:01:59 (permalink)
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That chicken looks spicey...photo is very red...anyway looks delicious!

Thanks, Lee.  It was actually pretty mild but IIRC I did taste some paprika, which would definitely add to the color.
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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/11/25 17:26:23 (permalink)
September, 2017
 
While in St. Louis for work I checked out a chicken spot that had been suggested by a couple of coworkers: Porter's Fried Chicken on Big Bend Road.  It's a small storefront in a small strip mall, and while most of the business is carryout there are a few tables for those who want to eat in.

 

 
Porter's offers chicken with 2 levels of heat; the spicy chicken is on the left.  It had a pleasant, not overpowering burn and I think I liked it better than the regular, which was very good in its own right.  Porter's also has fish and shrimp on the menu so I added a few shrimp to my order.

 
The next night we headed over to the Crestwood area for a visit to Malone's Grill & Pub, whose chicken recipe comes from the defunct St. Louis restaurant Romine's (closed 2006).

 
Many of the smaller photos that adorn the walls feature famous St. Louis sports figures.

 
Baked French onion soup isn't a traditional accompaniment to fried chicken but I happen to like it, and Malone's makes a nice version.

 
Of course, with a name like Malone's it's no surprise that there's a potato soup on the menu as well.  My dining companion pronounced it very good, and it certainly looked rich and creamy.

 
From what I can tell, people who remember Romine's chicken consider Malone's to be a faithful representation of the original article.  I thought it was very good, with a fairly delicate flavor and excellent crust.

 
There are a few more places I hope to check out when my St. Louis visits resume next year.
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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/11/25 17:59:16 (permalink)
It all looks great!!!
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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/11/25 19:07:45 (permalink)
Looking good!!
 
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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/12/06 09:08:06 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby chickenplucker 2017/12/06 13:54:21
November, 2017
 
The last time I went to St. Louis I decided to avoid the I-55/US-66 corridor for part of the trip, so I exited I-39 at IL-117.  As I came into Eureka I noticed The Chanticleer, and while I knew it wouldn't be open I made a note to maybe include a visit as part of one of my future trips.

 
So while The Chanticleer didn't pan out I had higher hopes for my next stop: Busy Corner in Goodfield, at the intersection of 117 and US-150.  Unfortunately, at 11am on a Sunday morning Busy Corner lives up to its name and then some, so after taking a peek inside and looking at a packed dining room and lengthy line at the hostess stand I decided to move on.  Plus it didn't bother me one bit to miss out on the homemade pies.

 
With Plans A and B not working out it was time to hope that Plan C would be the answer.  I headed west on US-150 and south on I-155 to IL-9, where I exited to the town of Tremont.  On the west side is a bar & restaurant with one of the more unique names I've run across: Big Art's Yokel.  Owned by the same family since 1961, Big Art, Jr. (or would he be Little Art?) and his wife (Laura, I think) welcomed me as I entered as the day's first customer.

 
It's not a huge place by any means but there's still plenty of seating at the bar and in the dining room.

 
I don't know if Big Art's does this every Sunday, but the special this day was fried chicken with a side order of lasagna.  The chicken had a light, crisp crust and good flavor, and I really enjoyed the lasagna with its hearty sauce and layers of ricotta - certainly not what I'd expect to find in a Midwestern small-town bar!

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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/12/06 11:20:58 (permalink)
This is going to be my next chicken dish.  Possibly next week.

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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/12/06 11:21:07 (permalink)
Chanticleer is solid. Too bad they were closed. Chicken is good. Zucchini bread in the breadbasket top notch.

Your getting closer to the fried chicken promised land of Illinois. The I 80 corridor through lasalle and bureau counties offer some of the best fried bird I have found. Rips in Ladd, Sip n Snack in Mendota, etc.
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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/12/06 11:52:50 (permalink)
Unfortunately I'm usually passing through I-80 country fairly early on Sundays when nothing's open yet, or later in the day on Thursdays when I don't feel like stopping and adding more time to my trip home.  I need to spend a little time and figure out which places would be practical for a Sunday stop (opening by noon or earlier is a big plus).
 
lleechef
This is going to be my next chicken dish.  Possibly next week.


Are you going to compress it all together, bread it, and fry it?  It actually looks pretty good; I'll watch for it in the "What's for dinner?" thread.
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Re: Chicken of the Month 2017/12/06 15:41:28 (permalink)
Yes.  Going to compress it all together.  No, maybe puree it in the food processor first, then bread it and fry it.  Or maybe grill it outside in the snow.  But I have to pick the rice first.  Does rice grow on trees in Ohio?  I'll decide next week.  Stay tuned. 
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