Best Fried Chicken Ever!. Was in St. Louis for the All-Star game and my buddy from St. Louis took me to Hodak's. I want to go back to St. Louis just for the half-chicken and sides! Didn't think I could eat that much. No problem! Best fried chicken I ever ate and the cole slaw was ridiculously good. Not to mention the hot sauce. Wow! Perfect crispyness and tenderness with the chicken. You HAVE to try it! I'll be back next time I'm in the area!
OK meal, decent price..
Darn! Darn! Darn! I have always been really fond of fried chicken and locally owned restaurants. Unfortunately Hodak's chicken is not quite what many of the five star reviews have claimed it to be. I guess it's a little above average but that's about it. The atmosphere is what I expected and that helped the overall experience our group had. It's is a good value for sure but I would rather pay a little more for some better quality ingredients in their sides.
My family and I are one of those Food Network viewers that love going to featured local eating establishments whenever we travel. While I have never seen Hodak's on Food Network enough people speaking of the chicken convinced me to take the family and some guests down to experience a unigue to St Louis experience. While we may go again sometime I don't think any of us will bring Hodak's up during conversations of where we want to go and eat anytime soon.
I would probably not have been so critical in my review if they weren't always so busy. I don't feel so bad knowing there obviously are plenty of loyal customers that are happy with what they offer. I too think the price for what you get is a decent value. However, if they charged $ 9-10 a chicken meal I doubt as many people would rate their chicken 5 star. We eat with our taste buds, eyes and WALLET.
My 2 cents-- Visit at least once for the experience and enjoy the cheap price. However if all you are wanting and willing to settle for average fried chicken just pick up KFC, LEES or your local grocery store hot counter. The price and flavor would be about the same and you don't have to wait in line. Better yet google another family owned chicken restaurant here in St louis and enjoy the experience with your family.
I enjoyed Hodak's but 5 stars is not accurate. People's nostalgic memories might give it 5 stars but your taste buds will agree, 3 stars!
Expect a 3 star meal-excited for maybe a 4 star
Expect a 5 star meal-let down by a 3 or 4
After 46 years I finally went to the famous chicken place. Wow was I disappointed. Hodak's is greasy Long John Silvers without the fish...no wonder the prices are so low. Service is ok. Food is greasy. The floor is greasy too! You slip and slide to the bathroom...lovely experience. The restaurant is a dark, dank cell of grease and to further enhance your visist your face will show up with zits two days later!
Best food at a crazy low price - we fed 4 adults and 1 child for $35.
My wife always get the 1/2 chicken meal..for only $6 you'll get 4 Large pieces of chicken, 2 home made sides and bread. She raves about the chicken at Hodaks. I don't know about the rest of you posters but I always get the Chicken strips, I have tried the cheese burger meal and the chicken fried steak dinners... both of the them were top notch! The two posters with negative reviews below must be jealous area retaurant owners.. posting negative reviews...
If this place was not any good.. the lines would not be as long, the place seats over 100 people...
Best Fried chicken Anywhere!. I am not originally from St. Louis but I have been eating chicken at Hodak's for 40 years now. It is always great whether you get the dinner or the strips. I have never had a bad meal at Hodak's in that time and never left without a go box. I read one review talking about frozen food and boring and one that mentioned dangerous part of town and furry things on the floor. Are they sure they were at Hodak's? No,it isn't fancy but for those who can't overlook the lack of "ambience" to get a great meal fine! Go somewhere else and pay twice as much for half as much. I never thought "ambience" was edible and is highly over-rated anyway. Hodak's is about great food, good service and good value for your money. That is all it is and a great deal of St. Louis wouldn't have it any other way!!! If not don't go . I'll spend less time in line!
Best Fried Chicken.... It's just a bar and grill atmosphere, but it has the best fried chicken. Made fresh and wonderful. My out of town family stops in at least once while they visit home. It's good stuff! But not weight-watchers friendly at all. LOL
fried chicken just like mom never made. we enjoyed the chicken and the ambience. this no cwe bistro nor a clayton white tablecloth joint. hodak's is a down home put your face in the grease and tune out the crying kids kind of place. if you are expecting health food or sprouts and nuts go somewhere else. also, the waitstaff is the hardest working group you will find anywhere.
What's the big deal?. The chicken is plain unseasoned frozen chicken from a box. The sides are unremarkable and seem to be from another box. Fried chicken should be pan fried not deep fried. As it is, it's like a napalm filled grenade with half the flavor.
Just say. Well i thought it was a rip off. It's in a shabby part of town, please note the armed security gaurds for your dinning pleasure. They are also there to help protect you from the little four legged furry critters you will see running around in side. I wont be going back.
Greasy Chicken?? NOT. I go to Hodak's at least 2 times a month, not 1 time have I ever had greasy chicken there. It has always been very juicy. I don't even cook chicken anymore because we want it like Hodak's. Sure, sometimes you have to wait. They move people quickly though. It's worth the wait. Service is fast too. If you haven't been there--GO!
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