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2005/01/26 09:08:37 (permalink)

Lee's Fried Chicken

Every time I'm in Rolla MO I pass "Lee's Fried Chicken" (or maybe it's just "Lee's Chicken") but have never stopped in. I did some online research but apparently the company has no website; it looks like it might be a small regional chain in MO, IL and other parts of the southern Midwest. I tried the search feature here but it didn't want to cooperate...

Does anyone have any feedback about Lee's? Al-The-Mayor, since you have family in Rolla I suspect you've eaten there at least once...any suggestions on what to order and what to avoid? Thanks!

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    TJ Jackson
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/01/26 09:16:01 (permalink)
    Lee's Famous Recipe has several struggling locations here in Cincinnati.

    Pretty good chicken, decent sides, I particularly like the potato wedges. Wednesday special price on the 3 piece dinner has been a tradition for at least 20 years....
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/01/26 09:43:21 (permalink)
    Lee's Famous Recipe got its start in Jeff City years ago. Here is a link to the corporate Web site:

    http://www.leesfamousrecipe.com/

    The company opened a Columbia location just a couple of months ago. The one in Rolla has been around for years. I think their chicken is okay but overpriced.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/01/26 09:44:36 (permalink)
    Thanks, TJ and Bill. Looks like Lee's is a larger chain than I thought; knowing the proper name makes a big difference when looking for info!

    Still, though, I need to stop the next time I'm passing through if only for just a little snack.

    Brad
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/01/26 09:46:13 (permalink)
    The Lee's Famous Recipe in Springfield,IL. sadly closed several years ago. At that time they were the best fast chicken joint around these parts. Favorites were the livers and gizzards(the gizzards were actually tender) and home style green beans slow cooked with ham and onions. Still a few locations in St. louis.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/01/27 10:43:11 (permalink)
    Here's a web site on the history of Lee's Famous Recipe Fried Chicken. Interestingly Lee Cummings ,the founder, worked with Colonel Sanders in the 50's before starting his own chain -I read once where he was a nephew to the Colonel but am not sure how true that was. The chain is owned by others nowadays. He got his early start in Lima Ohio and there's quite a few of them still left here in Ohio and Indiana. Chicken is similar in taste to KFC nowadays - salt & pepper tasting mostly- virtually no hint of any spicies anymore like KFC had 40 years ago - sad to say.

    http://www.winners-international.com/Right_LeesHistory.htm
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/18 16:00:12 (permalink)
    Lee's Fried Chicken in Rolla catered a lunch that I hosted for 100 people. The service was terrific. The food arrived on time, hot and delicious. Lee's offers roasted chicken and will mix roasted and fried. The biscuits are light and fluffy. The red beans and rice side is spicy, with plenty of sausage.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/18 16:38:41 (permalink)
    Here in Cincinnati, the roasted style disappeared from lee's menus maybe 6-7 years ago then returned a year or so ago.....the old roasted was by the piece, but with this recent revival they offer it by quarter rather than by piece, which I find odd.

    Makes ordering a three piece roasted a bit difficult :-)
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/19 23:46:22 (permalink)
    Here's what I posted to another thread:

    Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken is still alive and well in the Dayton area. In fact, one opened up in a former Fazoli's on Far Hills Avenue/OH 48 between Kettering and Centerville. They used to have locations in Hamilton and Fairfield up until at least the mid-1990s, but they closed. They still operate in Middletown on Verity Pkwy./OH 73 west of Germantown Pike/OH 4, as well as (I'm pretty sure--I know it's a major north-south road) Breiel Blvd. near Roosevelt Blvd./OH 122. In July 2003 I was surprised to find one in Cynthiana, Kentucky, and none in Cincinnati.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/20 00:25:24 (permalink)
    Uhm no....there have been several in continuous operation before, through, and well after 2003 in Cincinnati.

    They tore down and rebuilt a location in the Hartwell area of Cincinnati a couple years back
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/21 14:50:01 (permalink)
    I love lee;s. When I go to middlesboro,Kentucky I love ataing at the lee;s famous recipie there. The closest one to me is in Plymoth,Michigan ( about 30 Miles south of me) I love thier iced tea. And their chicken is Delicious.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/21 14:51:32 (permalink)
    Eating* Lee's* im sorry i cant type today
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/25 23:19:04 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by McFan

    Here's what I posted to another thread:

    Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken is still alive and well in the Dayton area. In fact, one opened up in a former Fazoli's on Far Hills Avenue/OH 48 between Kettering and Centerville. They used to have locations in Hamilton and Fairfield up until at least the mid-1990s, but they closed. They still operate in Middletown on Verity Pkwy./OH 73 west of Germantown Pike/OH 4, as well as (I'm pretty sure--I know it's a major north-south road) Breiel Blvd. near Roosevelt Blvd./OH 122. In July 2003 I was surprised to find one in Cynthiana, Kentucky, and none in Cincinnati.


    The Lee's Recipe chicken in Hamilton & Fairfield is now called Jocko's Chicken & Fish. Have not tried it.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/26 03:15:27 (permalink)
    There is a Lee's Famous Recipe in Maryville, TN. What I like about it is the lady manager will cook it hot for you while you wait. In my opinion, it is the best around this area. Their coleslaw is very good.

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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/02/26 20:41:40 (permalink)
    They have good sides at Lee's
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/03/22 19:39:36 (permalink)
    Drove by a Lee's Famous Recipe at Morehead, KY, right off I-64.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/03/22 21:08:13 (permalink)
    All the Lee's in Middle Tennessee seem to have changed over to Mrs Winner's. Neither has ever put out a great product in this area.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/03/25 14:34:52 (permalink)
    I saw 'em all over eastern KY. Maybe they're not as large a chain as they used to be but they seem to be holding their own in the areas they exist.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/03/25 16:42:14 (permalink)
    They are big in Ky,In,Oh and parts of Mi
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/03/28 15:03:26 (permalink)
    There was a Lee's in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for quite a while but it finally went under. I felt that they had pretty good food there.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/04/12 13:26:15 (permalink)
    I love Lee's Famous Recipe..I live near Morehead and go to that location at least once every two weeks. They have a great buffet that is at least a $1.00 cheaper than KFC which is just down the road. They also have a location nearby in Salyersville. But, there location in Prestonburg has closed.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/04/21 11:34:54 (permalink)
    Lee's Famous Recipe is fairly common in central Indiana. There was one down the street from the place I worked in New Castle so I ate there a couple of times a month. Better than KFC, which doesn't take much IMO. Every Lee's I have ever encountered looked like it was just barely hanging on by the skin of its teeth, but they are still around in the same locations 20 to 30 years later.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/04/21 12:02:50 (permalink)
    There are two in Ocala Fl.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/04/21 12:04:47 (permalink)
    The only way I could find any Lee's Famous restaurants was with[url='http://www.google.com/search?as_q=&num=10&hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=Lees+Famous+Recipe+Chicken&as_oq=&as_eq=&lr=&as_ft=i&as_filetype=&as_qdr=all&as_occt=any&as_dt=i&as_sitesearch=&safe=images']Google[/url] —and then there were 437 hits! I didn't check them all, but at least three had nothing to do with the chain.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/04/28 17:33:49 (permalink)
    I love the crispy chicken at the Lee's on Linden at Smithville in Dayton. When I go visit my family, I often get a bucket to go! The green beans are slow cooked "Southern Style" and are actually good (I'm a transplanted Georgia girl) Cole Slaw is quite good as well. Mashed potatoes are nothing special.

    The original is pretty good, but the Crispy is nicely spicy.

    I'm headed down there this weekend, guess I'll have to stop in at Lee's now!
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/07/10 12:13:10 (permalink)
    I'm a big fan of Lee's. Here in St. Louis, there's one about a half block from Church's. Last time I went to Church's, I waited 15 minutes to order, then was told it would be about 45 minutes if I wanted cole slaw.
    Lee's is tastier, fresher, and worth the extra couple dimes. The potato wedges are never crispy enough for my taste, but if you wrap some crunchy skin around it... They also do a bang-up job with catering large to-go orders.
    Lots of fried chicken chains will accept each other's coupons, too.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/07/17 17:27:13 (permalink)
    I LOVE LEE'S!!!!!!!!!! For around 25 of my 29 years there was a Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken place on State Route 303 right off of I-71 in Brunswick (Medina County) Ohio. I used to go there a lot and my favorite thing about the place were those potato wedges. I don't know what they do to make them taste so good, but, they are honestly the best potatoes I have had anywhere. Like someone said here they aren't crispy (which is usually the way I would like wedges) but they are so much better just the way they are. Mr. Chicken (a local chain to Cleveland OH area) took over a few years back and it just isn't the same. The wedges held on for a year or so, and then they changed I now will drive far out of my way to get my beloved potato wedges and Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, as the closest restuarant to Strongsville OH is Sandusky Oh. It is quite a trek, but, sometimes when I get a taste for those wedges nothing else will do.......so if you do come across one of these gems do yourself a favor and stop by and pick up some chicken and some wedges.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/07/17 17:47:14 (permalink)

    Brad,
    Better late (very late) than never. We have a Lee's chicken stand just off I-64 at exit 105 (Corydon,IN). It is ok. My wife likes the crust, so we get it now and then. I still prefer Popeyes if we are buying FF chicken. Lee's prices are slightly above the KFC nearby...and a lot higher than the Walmart Deli and Supermarket Deli that are close by also. A lot of locals buy the market deli chicken at less than 1/2 price of the KFC-Lee's price. I don't care for the Market-style deli chicken.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/07/19 01:56:08 (permalink)
    I remember Lee's being very popular in Nashville in the mid-late 80's.
    Always a hangout for struggling musicians because they seemed to have 2-for-1 coupons in the newspaper every day. Great chicken and sides.
    I think back in those days the corporate HQ were in Nashville too.
    Unfortunately--almost overnight, they all closed and were replaced mainly by Bojangles, I believe.Some became Popeyes too.
    I'm glad to hear there are still some around--I'll be on the lookout on my travels.
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    RE: Lee's Fried Chicken 2005/07/19 08:27:59 (permalink)
    Lee's is much better than KFC, IMO. The food is always fresher, the sides have more flavor. Pretty good biscuits. There are both a KFC and a Lee's within a couple blocks of where I work, and the Lee's is usually busier and fresher. Plus, they have livers 7 days a week, where at KFC its' only one day per week.

    Sweet tea, too.

    I don't do that much fast food chicken, or for that matter, chain fast food at all. I haven't eaten at McDonald's in probably 5 years.

    When I do want chicken, though, especially livers, Lee's is the place.
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