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Get it and Go at Go Chicken Go

One of my early jobs was as a gas station attendant on 7th Street just north of Central Avenue near downtown KCK. Right across the street from the station was a Go Chicken Go restaurant. This was not a very glamorous job, and it was in the period where they were just beginning to move the operations to being pay before you pump. I spent the bulk of my time sitting in a booth, behind a glass front, taking money and turning on the pumps.

Go Chicken Go

On most of my work days Go Chicken Go served as my source of meals. I would stop by just before starting my shift to pick up something to snack on while I waited on customers.  I have always been partial to the legs, wings, and thighs when eating chicken, so I started with these familiar selections. I did note that the chicken breasts at Go Chicken Go can be a little irregularly shaped, but upon trying them they tasted just as good as the rest of the pieces. It took me a while to decide to give the chicken gizzards a try, and to be honest they are still not my cup of tea. I did occasionally purchase a box full, since they make a great snack. Once at work, I spent countless hours watching customers file in and out of the chicken restaurant.

My first visit to Go Chicken Go reminded me of our visits to Chicken Annie’s or Chicken Mary’s in Pittsburg, Kansas. The familiar smell of fried chicken permeated the air upon entry.The fact that this restaurant has not only survived, but also added more locations says a little about their product. Their menu is not as extensive as you will find in a lot of restaurants, but there is still a good selection of sides to accompany your meal. The prices are quite reasonable, making it possible for a family of four to get dinner for around $20.00. This place is certainly a must try for those looking for good eats at a good price.

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6 comments on “Get it and Go at Go Chicken Go”

  1. Delicious!!! I miss them and wish there was one where I live … Still in Missouri just closer to St.Louis… I worked at the one they built on 42nd and Shawnee Dr. When they first opened In 2000… Turner Guys are awesome to work for…

  2. Ah, memories! Having worked downtown KCK for most of my career, I came to crave the occasional snack of gizzards and livers from Go Chicken Go. Whatever their secret recipe is, I’ve never found any better. The hot sauce is made in-house and is equally delicious. Go Chicken is my go-to comfort food.

  3. We’ve lived away from Kansas City for five years. Within the week we were back Go Chicken Go for dinner was a must. Been married 37 years & we’ve eating this great fried chicken since being newlyweds. Great food, always consistently fresh food. Never disappointed.

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