Miami's Best Fried Chicken: A Top Ten List

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Buttermilk-marinated fried chicken at Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering in Coral Gables
Eating fried chicken is no tidy affair. Golden brittle breading bursts after a gentle nibble. Bits of crust cascade beneath your chin. Juices flow. Fingers glisten. Lips gleam. (Call this gloss pollo frito; it sure as hell beats Chanel.)

In Miami, a city brimming with restaurants of diverse ethnicities, fried chicken goes beyond the realm of American Southern cuisine. Across the Magic City, the epicurean cognoscenti can find Haitian, Jamaican, Dominican, Cuban, Japanese, Korean, and more.

What follows is a list of the ten best fried chicken places in town. Some serve bird on the bone; others do not. Some provide wings; others only breast. Regardless of origin, method or style, this poultry all starts and ends the same way: butcher, season, batter, fry, eat, napkin.

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Fried chicken legs ($6.50) at Jackson's Soul Food in Overtown
10. Jackson's Soul Food
Jackson's Soul Food has been an Overtown institution for over 65 years. It has changed locations a bit through out the years, but some things remain the same: their famed fried catfish and eggs, their fried liver and onions, or, even better, their fried chicken legs. The latter is part of a breakfast special served alongside grits, eggs, and housemade buttermilk biscuits for $6.50. You can get them for lunch or dinner at a higher price ($9.95). But when you've got soul on your mind, few things can trump an early morning breakfast of fried chicken legs at Jackson's.

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Federal McNuggets ($5)
9. The Federal Food Drink & Provisions
This Upper Eastside restaurant proffers many twists on classic American cuisine: Buffalo-style pig wings, duck in a jar with candied sweet potatoes, and chicken McNuggets. Paired with a silver saucer holding a honey dijon mustard sauce, these fried chicken bits are a playful rendition of a nostalgic, childhood snack. The peanut-marinated chicken is a small portion -- a bar bite to go with a drink or two. But, at a cost of just $5, you can perhaps order seconds or thirds.

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Location Info

Jackson Soul Food

950 NW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Federal Food Drink & Provisions

5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Michy's

6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Magnum Lounge

709 NE 79th St. Causeway, Miami, FL

Category: Music

Fritay Fried Pork & Chicken

12143 NW 7th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Clive's Cafe - CLOSED

2818 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Jumbo's

7501 NW 7th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering

7382 SW 56th Ave., South Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Joe's Takeaway

11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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30 comments
tmford33139
tmford33139

Krispy Krunchy on Washington and 14th is better than Joe's or Yardbird.  Its spicy cajun recipe and really tasty and cheap.  

Sean WildChild
Sean WildChild

I'm from New Orleans, living in Miami... so I am always on the lookout. So far - I enjoy YARDBIRD, but it doesn't compare to Fiorella's Cafe. For me THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN I've had in YEEEAAARRS goes to A & J Gourmet by Julie Grand! PHENOMENAL!!!!

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight. "Golden brittle breading bursts after a gentle nibble." Go ahead and defend that ;)

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam

For the value...NO ONE can beat PUBLIX's fried chiken, their wings, OR chicken tenders... at $7.29 for a pound all-white chicken tenders just can't be touched. $7.49 for a 20 wing/drumette box and I haven't even mentioned the rotisserie available in various flavors including mojo. Ok enough about chicken...I'm off to Publix before the games begin.

gpaugam7
gpaugam7

For the value...NO ONE can beat PUBLIX's fried chiken, their wings, OR chicken tenders... at $7.29 for a pound all-white chicken tenders just can't be touched.  $7.49 for a 20 wing/drumette box and I haven't even mentioned the rotisserie available in various flavors including mojo.  Ok enough about chicken...I'm off to Publix before the games begin.

Canebrake
Canebrake

I grew up in Miami and have lived in Atlanta most of my life, and, on balance, the fried chicken here beats it there. But I'm writing to say that one of the finalists, Joe's Takeaway, is situated in the exact spot where the house we lived in stood forever, until they tore it down.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Once again, for feeding your family chicken, it's hard to beat the grocery stores for their deli fried chicken. Winn Dixie, Publix, WalMart are all going to be safest bet for consistently tastier fried chicken. KFC has tasty batter, but every time I go to one of those places, the food was cooked too long before I got there and it's just a soggy, greasy mess. So for those fast food places, Popeye's, where the cajun dirty rice and red beans & rice are preferred to the mashed potatoes & gravy for sides.

beckycho29
beckycho29

South Street has the best fried chicken hands down.. and where is Eating House?.. both of these places should have been mentioned. 

beckycho29
beckycho29

South Street has the best fried chicken hands down... how can yall miss that???? and what about Eating House or the Dutch?....

p.beck
p.beck

Publix fried chicken

Badette Kinsey
Badette Kinsey

Haven't had the others, but Yardbird's is pretty awesome!

Mike
Mike

Krispy Krunchy fried chicken 14th and washington  is better than at least half this list.

Bettie Kay
Bettie Kay

$21 and its on 79th St hahaha think Ill stick to my own or $8 at Publix

Fatty4Life
Fatty4Life

Filling station has some damn good fried chicken. I really do not think Joe's is number 1.

Brian Jenkins
Brian Jenkins

I like quality food but this town is getting just plain stupid. That 30$ fried chicken better come with magical dragon unicorn fairy gravy

BuddyGarrity
BuddyGarrity

Eating House - chicken & waffles. I think that should be top three

BuddyGarrity
BuddyGarrity

Eating House - chicken & waffles. I think that should be top three


Alex Muriel
Alex Muriel

agreed, Joe's has the best. Publix is great too! Chicken tender sub FTW.

tmford33139
tmford33139

@Mike  I second that rating.  Krispy Krunchy is definitely better than Yardbird at a fraction of the cost.

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