5410 Ne Oak Ridge Rd
Kansas City, MO 64119-2905
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Stroud's

Neighborhoods: Ravenwood-Somerset
Cuisine: Soups, Traditional, Lunch

Stroud's is a Soups, Traditional, and Lunch restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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jdtyum

 Kansas City, MO
 

Down home goodness!!!

If you are ever in KC you have to stop in at Stroud’s. The best fried chicken in the city and the best fries, mashed potatoes and awesome cinnamon rolls ever! You will leave with a full belly and a full doggy bag!

Stroud'S Family Style Chicken Dinner

This is the basic gotta have meal… No need for starters, this is plenty of food!

Chicken Fried Steak

The steak covered the whole plate! And it was smothered in thick, heartstopping mushroom gravy. The waitress that brought it over said “This dish must be for one of the boys!”… little did she know, this little girl was ready for the challenge!

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hippo2

 Los Angeles, CA
 

Yums!

Eating at Stroud’s is nothing short of an Event, a transcendental, mythic experience that absorbs the senses, stirs the soul, and seduces the tummy. Foodgasms abound! The Stroud Experience entraps you almost immediately. The setting of the restaurant is reminiscent of a mid-19th/early 20th century Midwestern family farm home. Tantalizing aromas waft your way as you walk into the rustic charm, allowing you to pretend that you time-traveled to a place/time when people could only serve REAL fried chicken, not the commercial deep-frier stuff or the fake healthy pap you’d find in California (ugh!).

I started with Stroud’s homemade chicken soup. Though not as achingly good as the addictive chicken soup at Las Vegas’s Sweet Tomatoes, Stroud’s chicken soup was nonetheless outstanding. Tasty vegetables, chicken, and homemade noodles swam in a golden broth flecked with sparse, shimmering chicken chubbies. The rich taste coats your tongue and caressingly comforts you to the core.

Then, the chicken came! Stroud’s pan-fries each piece by hand in a heavy iron skillet (be prepared to wait around 30 minutes for yo’ chicken), producing beauties to behold! Uniformly and expertly cooked, the chicken was crowned by a crust that defied science. The crust is delicately thin (not clumsily breaded at all!) but substantial enough to encase ALL the chicken juices. Seriously, ALL the chicken juices. The crust had an immensely satisfying audible crunch when I bit into it and tasted like luscious chicken-flavored bacon. And there was sooooo much juice trapped between the crust and meat. The most appropriate analogue to a Stroud’s chicken is a shao long bao…one with a skin of magical bacon instead of dough. Once you crunch through the crust, you find little rivers of chicken juices flowing down your chin, fingers, etc. Sooooo delicious! And needless to say, the meat was extremely moist and intensely flavorful as well. Stroud must serve the best fried chicken meal in America, so good it will make Southern grandmas cry because it’s better than their food!

The sides complement the chicken well. I had creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes and hot pan-dripping chicken gravy in their full fresh and peppered splendor. The green beans I had tasted just like the ones they serve in the South and did an honorable job cutting the heady richness of the other foods. But the Oscar for best supporting actor in this theatrical feast has got to go to the hot cinnamon rolls! Forget the chicken and waffles in LA! Cinnamon rolls are what it’s all about. Stroud’s serves you the cinnamon rolls right out of the oven, piping hot and pillowy soft. In lovely contrast to the yeasty softness, the roll’s carmelized cinnamon butter enhances its luxurious sumptuousness and its cinnamon sugar topping adds a faint crunch to further entice your palate. Pair it with the exceptional chicken, and you temporarily transform into a blubbering dork with chicken juice dribbling down your chin because the unparalleled food has shocked your mind into elevated oblivion (or Proustian reverie).

My business colleague had the chicken fried steak, which covered the entire plate. It was the biggest chicken fried steak I had ever seen. Business colleague, an endearing glutton, testified to it being the best chicken fried steak he’s ever eaten, and he’s eaten tons of them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (fellow) Pig!

Lastly, I learned that the original restaurant, Mrs. Stroud’s, won a James Beard Award because critics deemed its fried chicken an American legend. Mrs. Stroud’s closed, but it passed down all its recipes to Stroud’s. Resultantly, even Southerners say Stroud’s is the last traditional fried chicken house in the Midwest and serves the best fried chicken in the US. Martha Stewart says that it will ruin you for all other fried chicken. I agree wholeheartedly.

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