A while ago there was a thread in response to a request for good non-chain fried chicken. I wrote at the time that I had good memories of the chicken from the Fish Keg on Howard, but I hadn't been in a long time. I went back to try it this weekend.
You know you're in the right place when the hunger-inducing aroma hits you as you enter. The fried chicken was great, just like I remembered. Crispy, slighty sweet coating, tender meat, freshly fried before your eyes. The vinegar cole slaw and three bean salad were perfect companion pieces. They also offer creamy cole slaw, potato salad, and macaroni salad.
A half chicken (1 piece each of breast, thigh, leg, wing) is $3.39. They also have a selection of fish, some of which is in raw fillet form, to take home and prepare yourself, and some of which is breaded in the case and they will fresh-fry for you. They have scrod, catfish, smelts, whitefish, clam strips, oysters, shrimp, perch and even salmon (hmmm, fried salmon, why not?) The fish was all around 8 or 9 dollars/lb (weighed before frying). You can also get fresh fried tater tots and french fries.
I went to this place in the 70's and they claim to be 'family owned for 49 years'. It's small and simple, take out only. They also stock a selection of crackers, rolls, sauces, seasonings and I noticed a sign for pumpkin pie, which may be a seasonal thing. There's a parking lot next to it. Get enough chowhounds to visit, and that Howard St. revitalization thing just might work. (Another good fish choice, the Gateway--formerly My Place For ?--on Clark and Howard).
The Fish Keg
2233 W. Howard Street (between Ridge and Western)
7 days 8am-Midnight
773 262 6603