Those who know me well know that I am obsessed with unique and strange music, as well as food. Whenever I am going to eat or cook fried chicken, there is one song that gets stuck in my head every time: Fried Chicken by MU330. Now that I have that stuck in your head, you are in the right frame of mind to read about my experiences at Old Standard.
Old Standard is a tiny spot close to Ben Poremba’s other establishments Elaia and Olio. It’s a very inviting space that serves some of my favorite comfort foods.
Although this restaurant really focuses in on fried chicken, they have put together a great support cast of starts, breads / biscuits, and side dishes.
I love the deviled eggs. These have to be the fanciest deviled eggs I have ever eaten.
The toppings and combinations are really what made this dish memorable. I especially loved the thinly sliced celery, it was a great combination of flavors and textures.
They also have you covered when it comes to bread and biscuits. The best thing about ordering bread and biscuits here is that you get to try them all.
I could have eaten my beer coaster if I put enough of the lemon honey butter on it. It was by far my favorite.
Now for the moment you have all been waiting for, the fried chicken.
I have been there a few times and each time I ordered a half chicken. The crispy skin is great and the chicken isn’t dry, so all in all, it’s a very solid offering of fried chicken. However, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s the best in St. Louis. Despite that, it may be my favorite one to visit because of the great sides, drinks, and atmosphere.
Old Standard is another new and exciting restaurant proving that the St. Louis food scene has no signs of slowing down. It’s a place I have tried several times and will continue to enjoy. The best fried chicken in St. Louis could be a great topic of debate; I just hope that I can be on the blind panel that gets to choose the winner!
Dive to Five Scale: 3. Who doesn’t like fried chicken? Old standard has everything you need to satisfy your fried chicken craving. There are unique sodas for the kids as well as great boozy cocktails and local beers for the adults. One tip is to use the No Wait app to save your spot in line!
Here is a random pick of PBR from one of my visits because that’s how I roll:
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— Sam Pratt (@SamPratt5) February 5, 2015