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Mrs. J. B. Dowd, Owner of the Green Parrot Inn


The Green Parrot Inn of Kansas City was opened in 1929 in a 3-room farm house at 52nd Street and State Line Road on the Missouri side.  Over the years, the building grew to seat 300 and became known as "the place" for fried chicken in Kansas City.  Two more Green Parrot Inn restaurants would open in the United States, one near St. Louis and another in  Houston, Texas.  Kansas City's Green Parrot Inn closed in 1955.

In these pages Tena May Dowd shares some of her favorite recipes collected during more than thirty years in the restaurant business.  Many were originated by Mrs. Dowd, herself.  Some have been handed down in her own family from one generation to another; others were given to her by friends from far and near.

Bread Recipes Green Parrot Fried Chicken and more Main Dishes Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes Vegetable and Side Dish Recipes Recipes for Cakes at the Green Parrot Inn Pie and Pie Crust Recipes

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