Summer means plenty of pool time, juicy watermelon and crispy, moist 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 takeout open for takeout, delivery, or outdoor dining.Read More
11 Of Miami’s Best Pieces of Fried Chicken, Mapped
Where to find the ultimate comfort food
1. Pack Super Market
Miami, FL 33138
Not even a pandemic can stop this fried chicken, a long time staple from the Little Haiti supermarket, from reaching loyal fans. Well seasoned, crispy, and affordable, folks in the know flock here for the real deal.
2. Phuc Yea
Chef Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold are the masterminds behind this Vietnamese-Cajun eatery, which offers a fried chicken dinner special every Thursday night. For $55 diners can take home a whole bird, Cajun spice and lemongrass dusted mini buttermilk biscuits, spiced bourbon maple, Chinese sausage, creamy Asian coleslaw, and croissant bread pudding (coconut rum custard, chocolate chunks and condensed milk) for dessert.
This modern Asian restaurant has a hearty focus on wood-fired dishes like duck breast burnt ends and grilled jumbo tiger prawns with black bean vinaigrette. Its Korean fried chicken, served with braised spinach and red chili butter sauce is a satisfying balance of texture and flavor as well as a little bit of a spicy bite.
4. Le Chick Miami
While the fried chicken sandwich at Le Chick gets much of the social media praise, make sure not to overlook its fried chicken appetizer, made with with boneless fried chicken strips and served with spicy maple syrup and tangy ranch dressing.
Luckily, some things in life are surprisingly simple and walking into any Publix for some of the best fried chicken in town is happily one of them. Hands down, the supermarket chain has gotten this dish right. The batter is double hand breaded with a savory blend of herbs and spices and the bird is always moist inside.
6. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
This rustic-chic staple in Miami Beach has been a regular go to for folks 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.
7. Krispy Krunchy Chicken
Miami Beach, FL 33139
There’s nothing fancy about this joint, located inside a minimart in South Beach, but those headed here for a box of Cajun-style fried chicken will be pleased with the crunchy, slightly spicy, chicken offered. Pair with sides like honey butter biscuits, jambalaya or waffle fries.
Akino West and wife Jamila Ross run this breakfast and lunch pop up from their stylish, Overtown Bed and Breakfast. The menu is short and sweet, involving southern staples like grits and biscuits. The fried chicken and waffles is worth the trip, wherever one is driving from, just make sure to get there before they’ve run out.
9. 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 on the inside. For a spot known to leave the wallet slightly bruised, the low price on such a perfectly prepared dish is an extra bonus.
10. Eating House
This funky, neighborhood go-to in Coral Gables serves its fried chicken sandwiched in-between mini buttermilk waffles. But what really sets this dish apart is the candied bacon smothered in maple syrup that lays atop the fried chicken.
11. Whisk Gourmet
Whisk Gourmet takes its fried chicken to another level with presentation and ingredient combinations. Serving only dark meat, this fried dish comes with a bacon-buttermilk biscuit and pepper jelly – the perfect combination of salty and sweet.