Stroud’s: A Visual History of the Home of Pan-Fried Chicken

One of Kansas City’s culinary bragging rights began as a humble log cabin kitchen in 1933.

Some people dine at Stroud’s every week; others save the carb-loading experience for birthdays.

Sitting down to heaping platters of golden chicken, bowls of mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans served family style is worth the hour-long (if you’re lucky!) wait.

The original Stroud’s restaurant as it appeared in 1937. Unfortunately, Dick’s Beer is no longer served.

Stroud’s has been famous for its pan-fried chicken since 1933, first at the expanded 1829 log cabin and farmhouse at Oak Ridge Manor, then 85th and Troost (recently closed). Soon after that, the family opened the Fairway location.

The original Stroud’s location sometime in the early 1940s.

You may be surprised that Stroud’s was the first U.S. restaurant to win a James Beard Award for Excellence in the “Home Style” category.

The original Stroud’s location as it appeared in the 1970s.

An even more impressive distinction? We hear one woman purchased a “We Choke Our Own Chickens” t-shirt for each of her husbands. All five of them.

The Stroud’s farmhouse location at 54th and Oak Ridge Drive in Kansas City.

Stroud’s 85th & Troost location looked like this almost every Sunday, rain or shine.

One of the remaining two locations of Stroud’s, on Shawnee Mission Parkway, in Fairway, Kansas.

Story by Mara Sinclair