Special Request: Old Standard's cole slaw is tangy and sweet
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Special Request: Old Standard's cole slaw is tangy and sweet

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Old Standard Fried Chicken's cole slaw

Cole slaw, a side dish at Old Standard Fried Chicken, 1621 Tower Grove Avenue, is photographed on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

Q • Old Standard’s cole slaw is delicious. — Kathy M. Widman, Kirkwood

A • Opening a fried chicken-only joint in an old gas station takes vision. But vision is a funny thing. “Old Standard isn’t original,” says chef-owner Ben Poremba. Inspired by the American South’s deeply rooted food culture, Poremba wanted to cook what he calls “familiar straight-forward southern fried chicken.”

Customers gravitate to the “Chicken Deal.” For 10 bucks and change, that’s two pieces of chicken plus a big biscuit and one of Old Standards sides, including cole slaw. To drink? Check out the housemade sodas and not-your-everyday iced teas. For groups, Poremba recommends sharing horseradish fried pickles or pimento cheese plus a bread basket with homemade butters and jams, his take on southern classics.

Old Standard’s slaw is all-at-once tangy and pickly and sweet. “You need that tang to cut through the fried food,” Poremba says. He’s picky about his ingredient choices, even the slaw’s decidedly low-brow canned corn — and of course, the chicken, brined then dredged twice in buttermilk batter.

Still, Poremba admits that Old Standard’s early days were a learning experience. Demand was high and the 40-seat restaurant found itself without enough chicken, enough fryers. After adding capacity and simplifying the menu, Poremba is pleased with the results. “People who give us a second chance are happy.”

Poremba’s name has gained both local and national attention and is on four of the five restaurants in Botanical Heights just north of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Besides Old Standard, there’s the casual-chic Olio and its elegant fine-dining sister Elia, also La Patisserie Choquette, a French bakery. Early next year, Poremba will open Parigi in Clayton, his vision of Parisian-style authentic Italian dining.


Old Standard Fried Chicken

1621 Tower Grove Avenue

314-899-9000; oldstandard.co

Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.

Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.  

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