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Kansas City may be known for its BBQ, but back in 2010, Adam Richman from Man v. Food visited Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor to delve into their signature pan-fried chicken and gravy-topped mashed potatoes.
Man v. Food is a reality television show, hosted by Adam Richman. The show explores restaurants with massive food offerings from around the country. Adam will typically pick one location during the show to partake in an eating challenge, which usually involves him eating a ridiculous amount of food.
Stroud’s Oak Ridge Manor is housed in a converted 1829 log cabin and farmhouse. The popular restaurant serves up some of the best fried chicken in the country.
The ideal dinner here is a plate of crispy, golden brown pan-fried chicken, gravy-soaked mashed potatoes, and buttery cinnamon rolls. Since 1933, Stroud’s has been serving traditional-style comfort food using the same recipes.
Check out this clip which features a Stroud's dining experience:
During a taping of Man v. Food, Adam toured the restaurant and conversed with customers before proceeding to the kitchen to find out how the famous fried chicken and gravy is made. After learning the process, Adam heads over to the dining room to taste a chicken dinner with General Manager Tammy Ruff. Adam goes on to state that the taste of the chicken is “whole-body-licking good.”
Stroud's has also been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, KCPT’s Check Please, and the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
Stroud’s has received numerous national awards including the Zagat Award for Best Restaurant and the James Beard Award for Excellence. It is considered one of the last surviving traditional chicken restaurants.
Cover image by Kim is licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0).