Summer means plenty of pool time, juicy watermelon, and crispy fried chicken. While saying life has been weird lately is putting it mildly, these three things are guaranteed to bring a sense of solace and happiness. Here are some of the top spots for fried chicken in the Magic City.Read More
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Pack Super Market
Those in the know, know this Little Haiti supermarket is where to go for top-notch fried chicken. Well-seasoned, crispy, and affordable, folks flock here for the real deal.
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Self-described as “Southern American with Italian nuances,” this pop-up turned permanent restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes that are homey and elegant. Fried chicken appears in various renditions: on its own, over waffles, or tucked inside a flaky biscuit.
This Michelin-starred steakhouse is best known for its steak omakase, or “butcher’s feast.” Still, if chicken is on the mind, diners can’t go wrong with the crispy “Shicken” sandwich: a crispy patty with thinly pounded chicken and minced shrimp topped with American cheese and tartar served in a bun with celery salad.
This longstanding fried chicken outpost inside MIA Market is all about fried chicken. Its menu features a classic platter, side options of coleslaw and Cajun fries, as well as sandwiches on buns, waffles, or biscuits. For boneless chicken fans, there are even chicken nuggets, offering something for every fried chicken enthusiast.
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R House Wynwood
Heralded for its drag queen performances, this contemporary spot in Wynwood has been luring locals and tourists with its varied menu and iconic weekend brunch. Those craving heat can opt for the cayenne fried chicken with a spicy cilantro sauce.
Luckily some things in life are surprisingly simple, and walking into any Publix for some of the best fried chicken in town is one of them. There’s no denying the supermarket chain has gotten this dish right, creating a batter that is double-hand breaded with a savory blend of herbs and spices, and the bird is always moist inside.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
This rustic-chic staple in Miami Beach has been a regular go-to for those craving Southern food like skillet cornbread and shrimp and grits, but it’s the fried chicken that shines brightest. Order it straight up or paired with waffles (and chilled, spiced watermelon). There’s also a gluten-free option available.
Red Rooster Overtown
Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant Miami outpost of his popular Red Rooster restaurant is a celebration of Southern cooking with Florida flair. Set in the historic Overtown, the restaurant is expansive and relaxed, boasting a large courtyard framed by a tamarind tree, the ideal spot to enjoy the restaurant’s fried chicken with sour orange spicy honey and cookout-style pigeon peas.
Michy’s Chicken Shack
Local James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein created a loyal following with her fried chicken sandwich when she introduced it at her namesake restaurant, Michy’s, years ago. Fans of the perfectly crispy-on-the-outside-moist-on-the-inside sandwich can now enjoy it at the recently opened Julia & Henry’s food hall in Downtown Miami.
Joe's Stone Crab
Tourists come for the namesake stone crab, but locals know the secret find of this Miami institution is its fried chicken. Toted as the crispiest fried chicken in town, it remains juicy and tender. For a spot known to leave the wallet slightly bruised, the low price on such a perfectly prepared dish is a bonus.
Cracked by Chef Adrianne
Beloved local chef Adrianne Calvo finds success with her “maximum style” dishes, which include her fan-favorite crispy chicken sandwich with cracked Sauce, house-made slaw, and pickles.