#73: Fried Chicken (Spicy) at Porter's Fried Chicken

Three pieces of spicy fried chicken at Porter's - Ian Froeb
Ian Froeb
Three pieces of spicy fried chicken at Porter's
Nothing fancy here. They serve your fried chicken in a plain white box whether you're eating in or taking it to go. No need for bells or whistles, really. This is as good as fried chicken gets in St. Louis. The batter is crisp and, if you like, spicy, the chicken tender, with just the right amount of grease to be sinful rather than sickening.

The spicy chicken takes an extra fifteen to twenty minutes, but it's worth the wait. Not very spicy -- probably a two on a five-chile scale -- it nevertheless kicks hard enough to send Porter's chicken to the next level.

Porter's Fried Chicken
3628 South Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood
(Varies; as shown $4.99)

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#74: Arancini at Lorenzo's Trattoria
#75: Meat shawarma at The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market
#76: The South Side Smoke at sandwich at Stellina Pasta Café
#77: Falafel at Kabob House
#78: A slice with pepperoni at Feraro's Jersey-Style Pizza
#79: Birria at Pueblo Nuevo
#80: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi

#81: Prosciutto bianca pizza at the Good Pie
#82: Gold Coast Chocolate ice cream at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
#83: Hot salami (salam de testa) at Gioia's Deli
#84: Veal parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
#85: Nachos (with jalapeños and extra cheese cup) at Busch Stadium
#86: Lobster bisque at Café Ventana
#87: Calamari fritti at Mangia Italiano
#88: Brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home
#89: Paletas at La Vallesana 2
#90: Spaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria

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