Hodak’s

Chicken Dinner | Tavern
excellent
Worth a detour
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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.

What to Eat
Hodak’s, Fried Chicken Platter (with hot sauce)
Fried Chicken Platter (with hot sauce)
Must-Try
What a bargain: four hunks of fine fried chicken, fries, and cole slaw, all for $7.35. Not pictured: hot sauce for chicken-dipping, for which you pay an extra forty cents. (photo from Hodak's website)
Fried Mushrooms
Must-Try
Toasted Ravioli
Hodak’s, Coleslaw
Coleslaw
Of the sides tried, the best was the fresh, crisp coleslaw.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 10pm
Monday10am - 10pm
Tuesday10am - 10pm
Wednesday10am - 10pm
Thursday10am - 10pm
Friday10am - 11pm
Saturday10am - 11pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
21 stops | 2213 MILES | 34 hr 19 min

What a yummy trip it is to eat one's way from Chicago to L.A. along old Route 66! This tour of 21 excellent stops along the way includes some that are directly on the old road as well as a few that are worthy short detours. None require a reservation, all are easy on the…

Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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