Kansas City rightfully is known as the fried chicken capital of Missouri (if not of the Midwest and maybe even the whole wide world). But St. Louis has notable fried chicken, too, served at Hodak’s. Boasting that it has been “St. Louis’ premier stop for chicken lovers since 1962,” Hodak’s started as a corner bar. The proprietor’s wife used to bring in fried chicken for the customers, and the customers liked it so much that it became part of the bar’s attraction and is now the primary reason most people come to eat here.
The price is right! For well under $10 you get a platter with four pieces, each encased in a thin, crunchy crust that shores in very juicy meat; on the side come crinkle-cut French fries and cole slaw. Pay forty cents more and you get hot barbecue sauce for dipping — a fine fate for this good bird. Hodak’s also has a broad menu of steaks, roast beef, ribs and seafood as well as such appetizers as seasoned wings, chicken strips and, of course, St. Louis’ favorite appetizer, toasted ravioli.