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
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.