Al's Chickenette in 2012 - Hays, Kansas (it is now red and has this art
Al's Chickenette in Hays, Kansas opened in 1949. The restaurant closed briefly in 2010 and changed hands twice since then. The present owner took over in 2013. This newest version of Al's has a smaller menu and has remodeled from a rustic look to more of a 50's diner. The prices are a bit higher, but it is still a good value.
The chicken restaurant has a wonderful old neon sign and a lot of history. It is clean and very reasonably priced. Prior to this latest update, Al's Chickenette was mostly on the list of Unique Kansas Restaurants for tradition and atmosphere, but the food is improved.
After sampling several dishes, the chicken fried steak has been the best dish by far. The hand breaded steak has a good tasting, peppery coating. I'm not quite as impressed with the fried chicken, but I think it is better than the famous Crawford County fried chicken restaurants in southeast Kansas.
The side dishes are also much improved The mashed potatoes and green beans are both above average and I really enjoyed the fresh cut, fried shoestring potatoes.
The seasonal pies are not made in house (the come from Nebraska), but are very good. We had the apple and peach, with each one heated in the oven (they don't have a microwave) and topped with homemade ice cream. We were already full before the pie, but I almost felt like licking the plate.
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