Old Standard

Acclaimed chef Ben Poremba adds to his Botanical Heights restaurant flock with Old Standard Fried Chicken. Located in a converted horse stable, this casual chicken and bourbon shack draws crowds for its sustainably raised fried birds and Southern-style dishes. Poremba’s chicken recipe involves brining the bird, then cooking it in a pressure fryer to lock in the juices and give it a crisp exterior. Fried chicken is the only entrée at Old Standard, but the menu is filled with such downhome snacks as creamy pimento cheese dip, boiled peanut hummus, and sweet and spicy chicken wings. The restaurant’s standout snack, the smoked whitefish croquettes, is like eating a sweet and savory cream puff. Classic side dishes, such as smothered greens, creamed corn and mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, complement the fried chicken, and the bread board, served with housemade butters and jellies, makes for a hearty feast.

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