Best Fried Chicken - 2010
Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery
Popeye has his spinach. Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery has its fried chicken. How else to explain the restaurant's survival through not one, but two eminent-domain claims, a fate that would have shuttered most restaurants for good? The fried chicken is too good to be kept from its fans. Rinsed in saltwater, light battered and pressure fried (rather than deep fried), the chicken is crisp on the outside, juicy inside and incredibly flavorful, both the batter and the meat. (The dark meat is especially tasty.) Will it make your muscles grow, à la Popeye, so that you're strong enough to fight off any eminent-domain seizures you might face? Probably not. But it will show you why owner Grant Young once ran for mayor of Valley Park (and won) on an anti-eminent domain platform. Food this good deserves to thrive.
I grew up in Valley Park and have been going to Young's as long as I can remember.My sister and brother worked @ Young's when it was being run by Grant's parents.The restaurant has been a staple in Valley Park and although his dad, Bud is very much missed you can still see the rest of the family welcoming you home no matter how long you've been away.Not just a family restaurant with great food but everyone that walks through the door is welcomed as a part of the family.