Stroud's - Fairway

4.2
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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Enjoy a little piece of Pan-Fried history when you dine at Stroud's! Originating in 1933, Stroud’s has received many national awards including the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award for Best Restaurant. Stroud’s has been honored with appearances on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and No Reservations, Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and KCPT’s Check Please.

We offer weekly and seasonal specials, along with a fully-stocked bar!

Try our Chicken Choker Ale - trust us! We cater express lunch stops, company appreciations and business dinners. We also offer full-service catering, producing events designed uniquely for every social occasion. Including weddings, rehearsal dinners, graduations, birthdays and family reunions. Our cast iron skillets will also travel and Pan-Fry on site directly to the plate! Have your guests experience the magic in action!
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday 11AM–9PM
Monday 11AM–9PM
Tuesday 11AM–9PM
Wednesday 11AM–9PM
Thursday 11AM–9PM
Friday 11AM–10PM
Saturday 11AM–10PM
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Phone number
(913) 262-8500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Ryan Sneed
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Catering
We cater express lunch stops, company appreciations and business dinners. We also offer full-service catering, producing events designed uniquely for every social occasion. Including weddings, rehearsal dinners, graduations, birthdays and family reunions. Our cast iron skillets will also travel and Pan-Fry on site directly to the plate! Have your guests experience the magic in action!
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Cross street
55th Street
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Parking lot surrounding the building.
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Public transit
Yes.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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CD
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a Kansas City staple! Old style restaurant w/ pictures hanging on the wall from over the years as well as stuffed chickens. Food is great, it's family style so come hungry.

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M
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I don’t frequent Strouds often but This is my second time going to this location. I have to say ok food but the customer service is lacking. When your waitress shows a personality to those around you but rude upon numerous times to your table, never ok. I think I will stick to the north location from now on when I do go.

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KC
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our 3 meals were chicken fingers, dark meat, and mixed. All were done just right and plenty to eat with mashed potatoes, green beans, and cinnamon rolls. It is a craving one gets every so often that brings you back for some good food.

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K
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Very disappointed. Chicken was under cooked, we thought KFC is much better.

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SM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

From the moment we walked through the front, we knew we shouldn't go. It has such a horrible stinch walking into the building. The service was horrible and the food left a lot to be desired - compared what it "used" to be! I was up sick all night after we ate there. Even the restroom was disgusting dirty and stinky! I wouldn't recommend this location to anyone!

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m
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Chicken was moist but not a lot of flavor. Waitress was awesome though and having never been there she was very helpful.

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JA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have ate at the NKC strouds allot. And the food is amazing. This Fairway strouds just seems ok. Chicken pieces are small not big pieces of chicken. The chicken legs where very small. But the prices didn’t shrink. Hope they go back to the old standards of quality and overall sizes.

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KM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stroud's has been a favorite for at least 40 years. It's always great - and a special place to go to just for an everyday meal. Nothing fancy ... but you know you will always have a satisfying experience.

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MB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual. The waitress was outstanding - she pointed out the happy hour drink specials and took extra effort to ensure we had a good meal. I only get to KC once per year, and dinner at Strouds is always a treat.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! However, we had to take a ridiculously early reservation time because they were "booked". But they were never busy the whole time we were there. It wasn't even full so I don't know why the reservations were so limited. We never would have gone so early and that was inconvenient.

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MS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about the quality, the service or the value.

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M
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been going to Stouds for many years. The menu and taste of food remains consistant. It probably isn't healthy, but certain is appealing on special occasions.

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stroud's is delicious! We went for Father's Day but sometimes go just because we can! The food is hot, gravy is outstanding, love the choice of potatoes and the refills. The cinnamon rolls seemed different but maybe that's a quality control issue. Not much for ambiance/atmosphere but there were a lot of families just enjoying a meal together! If you don't want to fry your own chicken, this is the place to go!

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j
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Chicken was very, very greasy and lacked flavor. Definitely needed seasonings. Everything else tasted excellent! Portions are large so think about splitting a dinner.

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SA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Stroud's fried chicken and food never disappoints. And the cinnamon rolls are to-die-for. The only reason I gave the ambiance a good is because on a 90+ degree day the A/C was having a hard time keeping up and the dining room was probably in at least the upper 70s. A little warm!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, but took a while to come out. You can’t rush a piece of pan fried chicken, so if you are in a hurry maybe order something else

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m
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was great, but the restaurant was hot.. like no air conditioning hot which made the whole evening pretty unpleasant

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Reservations are meaningless at this restaurant.

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R
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always have loved Stroud's pan fried chicken and gizzards. Their sides are delicious as well. The gravy is great on the mashed potatoes and for dipping the gizzards in. The food is very consistent and delicious. They have an option now to order individualized meals versus family style, you get smaller portions of the sides, but the cost is less as well.
We opted for the family style, it costs more, but you get larger portions, and the food is so good, we want to take the leftovers home. The only downside is that they are now rationing the gravy for some reason. We had used most of the gravy provided with our meal, and we asked for more gravy to go with our leftovers (probably half the meal of 3). The waitress said she was told to cut back on giving extra gravy, so the to-go gravy container was only about half full. It wasn't enough to go with the leftovers, and I ended up eating most of the leftover mashed potatoes without gravy. In hindsight, I should have offered to buy more gravy. I can't believe that rationing gravy is really going to increase their bottom line that much.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for family of seven. Favorite spot for chicken served family style.

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JY
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

When I made the reservation on line there was a question about occasion which was our 44th anniversary. That's as far as that went.
Not a mention from anyone.
We got there at scheduled time.
Waitress took our order. Soup and salad arrived soon. It took 45 minutes to get food. During our wait
Other people arrived, got their order,
Ate and then left. This was a special
Occasion. Nothing about our visit
Seemed special.
Julian Joe Yates

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M
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I heard from many people that Strouds had the best fried chicken in town. With all due respect to those folks, they were wrong. With what we spent, I'd rather go to KFC and order a feast of superior fried goodness or spend a fraction of the cost for said goodness. Or, make a 200+ mile roundtrip Cannonball Run to Pittsburg, Kansas, to Chicken Mary's for the best fried chicken I've ever had--they do it right.

In a nutshell, Strouds pan-fried chicken had no flavor and I wish I could regurgitate the food and get a redo on my lunch. The servers and cooks executed well; the problem lies with the corporate (KC Hopps) vision of a fried chicken place.

My family ordered the All Dark Entrée ($17.95) that had two legs and two thighs; the Two Piece Saturday Special ($12.95) that had one breast and one leg; both entrees came with a house salad or homemade chicken noodle soup, green beans, and a choice of potatoes (mashed, baked, or fries)--we got the mashed and fries; and two orders of the kids chicken fingers ($6.95). As you can see in the pictures, the batter had little-to-no discernable herbs nor spices, which rendered the their signature dishes as a bland disappointment. The soup and salad were fine, neither good nor bad. We each took a bite of the green beans and realized they were from a can--I can still taste the can's protective lining from those soggy, mushy, soylent green things. The mashed potatoes were also fine, neither good nor bad. However the fries were soggy and unseasoned. How does a fried chicken place mess up French fries?! All you have to do is fry potatoes to a crisp, then add salt. The chicken fingers were cooked well and had more flavor than the star attractions, so order those so you have a better chance of enjoying your meal and save some money. Each entrée is finished off with a cinnamon roll and to my surprise, it's more of a cinnamon coffee cake... With no icing! The combination of cinnamon and icing is what makes it a perfect dessert.

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EC
Kansas City
31 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We discovered recently that a friend had never been to Stroud's, so we had to remedy that immediately. We ordered chicken not-wings (like nuggets/bites tossed in buffalo sauce), chicken fingers, an all dark meal, chicken fried steak, and broiled pork chops, and EVERYTHING was delicious.

Now, I do feel like I should mention the cinnamon rolls because it came up that they are not, in fact, cinnamon rolls. This is true. They are more like a cinnamon sugar encrusted dinner roll. And they are DELICIOUS but they are not cinnamon rolls. Once we agreed on that point, we could all move on to unanimously decide that they were probably the best part of the meal and we wanted another basket of them to go.

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l
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I been to strouds in the past, but my most recent visit was just fair. Chichen was dry and not moist inside at all. However, the cocktail I had was great.

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JW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The interior was delapidated. We all sat in a both where every seat was like being in a hole. The food made up for it. I would recommend ordering one more piece than you think you want, because it’s that good. I would go back in a heartbeat, just not to this location.

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OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I was surprised that they were not prepared for the number of guests that were there. They ran out of glasses and cinnamon rolls, but had more made by the end of our meal.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their food.

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GF
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Not sure how to rate this, not my best experience at this restaurant. We were seated right by the dirty dish station, not very appetizing. Took a long while to get our order in, water glasses were plunked down on the table with no comment from waitress, rather curt when she took our order. Later she warmed up and became much more pleasant, she stated that they had been swamped earlier in the day (Mother's Day), which I understood, but.....we had to tolerate the poor attitude when we first got there. This restaurant is getting older and starting to show its age, does not look clean anymore. Food was good, service ended up okay, but not too sure I will go back. Sad to me as I have always enjoyed Stroud's.

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YY
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Yummy food as always

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Didn't need the reservation we made as we arrived early and a number of tables were available. Casual old-style diner atmosphere, attentive service, food was great. Would always go back to Stroud's.

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l
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Two of the four had chicken, and we both got sick.
This will probably be the last visit it Stroud’s.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service. I have been a few times and the food and service are always on par. Highly recommend and you will not leave hungry.

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KS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great waitress, food is what I would consider comfort food. Overall good experience.

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B
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not impressed by food, had heard it was a great place for chicken. Service was great, but food was very mediocre.

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AW
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was mediocre. Food was bland. Was told it is closing in 9 months, so maybe that is why.

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SN
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places. The food & service never disappoint!

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j
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was delicious. we loved our waitress. we had her a few weeks ago and she is friendly. love the family country feel. the chicken breast were a little dry, but the potatoes and gravy, and cinn. rolls more than made up for it. will be in k.c. again this week, and will definitely stop there.

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g
London
88 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Still the best pan fried chicken

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great Fried Chicken everything is served homestyle!

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good as always, however it took longer than normal to get our food and they were not busy at all, so I am not sure what the hold up was. Also, the restaurant was very cold, we felt a cold blast every time the door opened, my granddaughter had to wear her coat the whole time.

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