Byrd and Barrel St. Louis
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Byrd & Barrel

St Louis
Fried Chicken Joint


Byrd and Barrel is South City’s upgraded answer to its once-beloved Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. It’s a fast-casual fried chicken and bourbon shack down on Cherokee Street, appropriately in the very building that Popeye’s once commandeered. In stark contrast to its former inhabitant (no disrespect to Popeye, though), Byrd and Barrel supports its Missourian roots by sourcing local meats, vegetables, and even beer. Among the 50 craft brews from across the country to choose from, you’ll never be starved for that special St. Louis brew. And with poutine, cast iron cornbread, and buttermilk-fried chicken (or “nugz,” with nearly a dozen dipping sauces, obviously), you’ll just never be… starved.

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