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Fried chicken face-off: It’s Stroud’s vs. Go Chicken Go in the final round

And then there were two.

After tallying more than 3,000 votes, we’re ready to reveal the winners in Round 3 of our March Madness-inspired fried chicken tournament. Drumstick, please.

Stroud’s beat Niecie’s Restaurant with 62 percent of the popular vote, while Go Chicken Go toppled Rye with 74 percent of the vote. That means Stroud’s and Go Chicken Go will face off in the 4th and final round.


[Round 4: Click here to cast your votes]

Our chicken bracket launched on Feb. 24 with 16 restaurants. Since then, readers have cast more than 8,500 votes in three rounds to narrow the field to two.

Round 4 could be the closest yet. Stroud’s is famous for pan-fried chicken and has locations in Kansas City, Independence, Fairway and Overland Park. The James Beard Award-winning chain dates back to 1933.

Go Chicken Go, founded in Kansas City, Kan., in 1969, is known for crispy chicken served fast. The locally owned business has one location in Kansas City, one in Olathe and three in KCK.

Which chicken chain will be the last one standing? Go to to cast your vote through 9 a.m. March 21. We’ll reveal the winner on March 23.