Fort Road is one of the oldest roads in the state, and it’s still dotted with the remnants of working-class bars that once served those who toiled at places such as Schmidt Brewery or the nearby Mississippi docks. Though Skinner’s Pub & Eatery was opened this century, it is the kind of place that could easily have been around much longer: a classic neighborhood joint, filled with friendly smiles, cold beer, and low prices that keep the regulars happy and well fed. The fare is classic, with the exception of the fried chicken, which is a good notch above the flock with a well-seasoned, wafer-thin, crackling-crisp skin that yields to juicy tender flesh—no easy feat. It’s a bargain to boot, and you can pick up pieces to stay or to go. If variety is on your mind, try the Monday special, a one-topping 14-inch pizza and eight pieces of chicken for $15.95. They’re relaxed about adding toppings here, and some of the daring combinations are quite good. Reuben pizza, anyone?
919 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-291-0146, skinnersmn.com