Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and flavorful everywhere — that’s all I want in my fried chicken. I visited Grace Meat + Three where I enjoyed the best St. Louis fried chicken ever. This fast casual dining spot has been rated one of the city’s top new restaurants and now I know why. It’s only been a few days and I’m already craving it again. Take a tour through this Tower Grove eatery where the fried food is crispy and the sides are a plenty.
Originally the location for Sweetie Pie’s, an Oprah favorite, Chef Rick Lewis and his wife Elisa transformed it into a new hotspot for Southern cooking. Featuring modern country decor, this fast casual space elevates your dining experience.
There’s so much to cast your eye upon when you enter. The bar is a mix of marble and reclaimed wood with convenient hooks for your coat or purse. The sun drenched windows are outfitted with adorable striped awnings reminiscent of a county fair. Local art including a mural of St. Louis history adorns the wall. And around the corner, there’s a large dining room in an arresting shade of blue.
Grace Meat + Three and the Best St. Louis Fried Chicken
The very first item on the menu — twice cooked wings — are not to be missed. Sure you go to Grace Meat + Three for the fried chicken, but you can’t leave without trying these wings.
First they’re smoked and then they’re fried. The flavor comes out in layers, where you can easily discern the taste of the smoky rub and the spices of the crispy outer crust. And the white barbecue sauce is the cherry on top. The flavors on these wings are a feast for the senses.
When I asked the host whether I should go with the Twice Cooked Wings or Rick’s Famous Fried Chicken, a recipe Chef Rick has perfected over the years, he said he couldn’t choose. Normally that’s what most restaurant employees would feel obligated to say. But he was right. You can’t choose between the two — you have to get them both!
When I say this is the juiciest fried chicken I’ve had, it’s the truth. Chef Rick says it’s in the brine. Plus it’s made to order so you know it comes out hot and fresh.
Country Style in a White Eyelet Dress
I feel like I’d taken a page out of Reese Witherspoon’s book in this white eyelet dress. If she was going on a picnic in Nashville filled with Southern home cooking, I suspect she might wear a spring dress along these lines. I felt right at home at Grace in my ultra cheery look.
This dress is actually called the Isabella Broderie Dress from Boden. I had no idea what Broderie was so I looked it up. Broderie anglaise is a needlework technique that uses cutwork, specifically oval holes (or eyelets), that are covered with buttonhole stitches.
If you’re visiting the city, definitely add Grace Meat + Three to your list of St. Louis restaurants to try. Grace has way more goodies on the menu, including vegetarian options like Country Fried Mofu and Fried Green Tomatoes. And don’t forget the dessert! The Bourbon Pecan Pie has a marshmallow frosted topping that’s to die for.