Fried Chicken: Queen City Wine Dive and Civil Kitchen

For decades, Springfield locals revered the crispy fried chicken served at Riverside Inn, an Ozark, Missouri, dining institution that shuttered in 2010. When Queen City Wine Dive started serving fried chicken made with the Riverside recipe, word spread quickly. Now, you can sip a quality draft wine while digging into a plate of the famed fowl. (Photo by Ana Elliott)

Queen City Wine Dive, queencitywinedive.com

Who says chicken tenders are just for kids? Civil Kitchen’s boneless fried chicken strips are covered in a generous layer of well-seasoned batter and then fried until perfectly crisp. They’re delicious on their own, served with just a side of flash-fried kale, but they’re especially scrumptious piled atop one of Civil Kitchen’s sweet, fluffy waffles with syrup or gravy. (Photo courtesy of Civil Kitchen)

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