Kansas Hiking, Nature October 15, 2018
9 Stops Everyone Must Make Along Kansas’s Fried Chicken Trail
Do you ever get a hankering for the crispy, juicy creation that is fried chicken? We’re back with a new and improved fried chicken trail that hits all the best places and a couple new restaurants on our radar. It’s a fried chicken paradise out there, and we’re hitting all of our favorites. Let’s get crunching!
Before we get started,
here's a link to the trail if you want to look through it ahead of time or bookmark it for later. Are you ready for an adventure in fried chicken? I hope you've saved room!
1. Barto's Idle Hour - 201 Santa Fe St., Frontenac, Kansas
First stop on our tour (if you're heading east to west) is Barto's Idle Hour in Frontenac, Kansas. They've got amazing fried chicken as well as sides, which makes it a solid start to this amazing trail.
2. Chicken Annie's - 498 E K47 Hwy., Girard, Kansas
Next up is a Kansas classic - Chicken Annie's. They've been feuding with other local chicken places since they started, and they've got great assets to work with. First, the chicken is amazing by itself. Then, you can choose from all sorts of sides, including spaghetti. Finally, these onion straws really make dinner here a special event.
3. Chicken Mary's - 1133 E 600th Ave., Pittsburg, Kansas
Chicken Mary's is Chicken Annie's fiercest competitor, and has been for years. Plenty of Kansans (including you readers) argue all the time about who makes the better chicken. Personally, I love both restaurants, but it's hard to choose when both places make such good chicken. You'll have to try it yourself!
4. Go Chicken Go - 1000 S Harrison St., Olathe, Kansas
After that is Go Chicken Go, a northeast Kansas and Kansas City chain with a couple locations around the area. They make everything from fried chicken to gizzards and livers, so feel free to try all sorts of chicken parts fried to perfection.
5. Olpe Chicken House - 8 KS-99, Olpe, Kansas
Next up is another Kansas classic, Olpe Chicken House. You can't visit this area without stopping by Olpe, and tasting the amazing chicken hiding within. It makes you think back to fried chicken in your childhood, which is what I love the most about this restaurant.
6. Al's Chickenette - 700 Vine St., Hays, Kansas
After that is Al's Chickenette, where you can expect to find great chicken and sides just waiting for you to order them.
7. Brookville Hotel - 105 E Lafayette Ave., Abilene, Kansas
The Brookville Hotel is a restaurant that serves good fried chicken, but you're also getting an experience with your meal. This restaurant has history, having served Kansas since 1915, though it has moved from Brookville to Abilene because they needed a new building and more customers to keep the history alive.
8. Maury's Restaurant - 521 6th St., Clay Center, Kansas
Maury's is new to me, but one bite into their fried chicken and you'll understand why they're on this list.
9. L&T Family Restaurant - 1016 Main St., Goodland, Kansas
Last but not least (or first, if you live in western Kansas) we have L&T Family Restaurant, where you can enjoy fresh fried chicken and plenty of great sides alongside it.
The whole trip takes 9 hours, so I suggest taking your next three-day weekend and planning somewhere to stay in between! It’s a great way to explore Kansas and how much we love chicken.
If you’ve already tasted all of these plates of fried chicken, you might want to check out
our list of the best chicken fried steak across the state instead.
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