We asked you to nominate St. Louis' most underrated fried chicken, and you delivered some really interesting selections. A special shout-out to our Metro East readers (or, at least, readers who spend time on the east side, and not just at the strip clubs) -- Illinois restaurants received several mentions.
Two restaurants nominated more than once that we didn't include are Porter's Fried Chicken (3628 South Big Bend Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-781-2097) and Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery (206 Meramec Station Road, Valley Park; 636-225-6677). Both have won Riverfront Times' "Best Fried Chicken" honor in the past -- Young's twice.
After the jump, meet the seven semifinalists for St. Louis' most underrated fried chicken.
St. Louis' Most Underrated Fried Chicken: The Semifinalists
Fischer's Restaurant (2100 West Main Street, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-1131)
profireman: To get a better piece of chicken, you'd have to be a rooster.
King Edwards Fried Chicken (multiple locations)
missg920: King Edwards Chicken and Fish on Watson Road. Besides their chicken coming out perfectly juicy every time, their batter is a unique one that I haven't found anywhere else. Not to mention, their cajun flavor comes out in anything from a po' boy to their hush puppies- this stuff is GOOD.