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Stroud’s Catering

At Stroud’s, our mission is to create unforgettable events by exceeding your expectations with delicious food, superior service and exceptional value. From corporate lunches to extravagant weddings, you can rely on our well-trained and experienced team of professionals to capture every detail to make your event a worry-free success. Every event, from simple to extraordinary, is as unique and special to us as it is to you.

Stroud’s is proud to be locally owned and operated.

A History with Strong Roots

In 1933, Helen and Guy Stroud opened a BBQ and beer shack in what was then considered “the countryside” on the 85th and Troost. Prohibition had just ended, and although neither were cooks, the Stroud’s saw potential in opening a restaurant and watering hole.

As legend has it, Stroud’s offered pan-fried chicken as a special one Fourth of July and the chicken sold out quickly.

During WWII, beef and pork, Stroud’s main BBQ ingredients, were subject to wartime rationing. Stroud’s was forced to switch gears, thus becoming the home of pan-fried chicken. Helen hired 2 southern women whose recipe vaulted Stroud’s into legendary status.

Despite ownership changes over the years, the recipes at Stroud’s remains exactly the same today as they were in 1942.

Stroud’s recipes have not gone unnoticed. The pan-fried chicken restaurants have won several awards, most notably the James Beard Foundation “America’s Classics” award in 1998. The award honors the country’s legendary family-owned restaurants. It’s still the only KC restaurant to receive a James Beard award to date!

Stroud’s has the same philosophy today as it did over 80 years ago… to serve delicious, home-cooked meals in a fun, friendly atmosphere.

Socials & Weddings

Serve a piece of history at your next special event. We are proud to produce events designed uniquely for the special couple and every social occassion.


Express lunch stops, company appreciations and business dinners – our business clients know what to order to impress.

Pan-Fry On Site

Our cast iron skillets will travel and Pan-Fry on site directly to the plate! Have your guests experience the magic in action! (Kansas City only)


Our non-profit clients and events are very special to us. Allow our staff to work with you to maximize the success of your event.