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 in the Magic City.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
Those who are 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.
Miami, FL 33150
Self-described as “Southern American with Italian nuances,” this pop-up turned permanent restaurant serves up breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes that are both homey and elegant. Fried chicken makes an appearance in various renditions: on its own, over waffles, or tucked inside a flaky biscuit.
3. Gitano Miami
For fried chicken with a side of Miami tropical chic, head to Casa Faena’s fun, upscale Mexican spot set on transporting patrons straight to Tulum, sans the exuberant airfare. Head to the rooftop terrace for a sampling of cocktails, all of which pair excellently well with “pollo en recado rojo,” crispy fried chicken served with spinach, pepita lime butter, and spicy sauce.
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. But the real star of the menu is its Korean fried chicken, which is 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.
5. 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. There’s no denying the supermarket chain has gotten this dish right, creating a batter is double hand breaded with a savory blend of herbs and spices and the bird is always moist inside.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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 city of Overtown, the restaurant is expansive and relaxed, boasting a large courtyard framed by a tamarind tree, the ideal spot to enjoy the eatery’s fried chicken which comes with sour orange spicy honey and cookout style pigeon peas.
10. 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.
Don’t be mistaken by the name, while this picturesque gem nestled inside Matheson Hammock Park is mostly driven by seafood dishes, the fried chicken, which is buttermilk brined and comes with hot honey, garlic cilantro aoili, is a can’t miss dish. Sides that pair well include fire-roasted quartered sweet potato with French onion butter and Southwestern creamed corn.