We’re living in a golden era for fried chicken in Miami. And truthfully, we couldn’t be happier. But, of course, some places are better than others—which is why we’ve rounded up the best of the best. Here, 15 places to get down with some crispy, crunchy goodness.
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The fried chicken at Komodo takes on a Korean twist with chili glaze and sweet truffle honey. Placed inside an adorable ceramic takeout box, the chicken is served in bite-sized strips and paired with warm scallion biscuits.
801 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-534-2211 or komodomiami.com
This Southern supermarket chain is famous for its fried chicken. No matter where you are in Miami, there’s a Publix nearby. Snag a hefty chicken-stuffed sandwich or a combo with a side of mac and cheese and biscuits.
Multiple locations; publix.com
13. Azabu Miami Beach
This Michelin-starred concept from NYC is the last place you’d expect to find fried chicken. But Azabu Miami Beach serves some of the tastiest in the game. Their Nagoya-style chicken wings are fried to perfection and finished with a caramelized sweet-soy flavor.
161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520 or miami.azabuglobal.com
12. Shake Shack
You can’t go wrong with a juicy, Southern-style chicken sandwich paired with a classic hand-spun salted-caramel shake.
Multiple locations; shakeshack.com
11. Sakaya Kitchen
Topped with scallions and garlic, this double-fried Korean rendition is sweet, juicy, crispy and definitely worth a deviation from the traditional Southern-style bird.
3401 N. Miami Ave. #125, Miami; 305-576-8096 or sakayakitchen.com
10. Doc B’s Restaurant & Bar
Smothered in habanero-honey glaze, Doc B’s Nashville hot chicken is made from scratch daily. It combines the best sweet and spicy flavor with a side of house coleslaw to tone down the heat. FYI: It pairs well with the Beetlejuice cocktail.
Multiple locations; docbsrestaurant.com
At chef Michael Lewis’s Kyu in Wynwood, fried chicken is cooked Japanese barbecue-style inside a wood-fired grill and then nestled over butter-braised chicory and the most addictive sweet-spicy sauce.
251 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-577-0150 or kyumiami.com
7. Joe’s Takeaway
Yep, there’s more than just seafood at Joe’s. Skip the restaurant’s long line and get a takeout basket of black-pepper-spiced fried chicken. Bonus: An order clocks in at just under $7.
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365 or joesstonecrab.com
6. Yardbird Southern Kitchen Table & Bar
We admit that fried chicken doesn’t exactly scream “beach fare.” But no one told Yardbird, which serves some of Miami’s best comfort food right here on South Beach. We suggest a plate of the Chicken ’n’ Watermelon ’n’ Waffles, which comes with honey hot sauce, bourbon maple syrup and a cheddar waffle.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220 or runchickenrun.com
5. Stiltsville Fish Bar
This nautical spot serves up Top Chef winner Jeff McInnis’s famed fried chicken, seasoned with bay leaf and citrus. Opt for a half or whole bird served with watermelon pickle salad and hot sauce.
1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477 or stiltsvillefishbar.com
Inside St. Roch Market in the Design District, Coop offers every type of fried chicken dish you could ask for. Personally, our favorites are the fried chicken tacos, smothered in cilantro crema, and the Nashville hot chicken sandwich topped with cilantro slaw on a brioche bun.
140 NE 39th St. #241, Miami; 786-571-0556 or miami.strochmarket.com
3. Le Chick
As its name suggests, Le Chick in Wynwood knows a thing or two about chicken—especially deep-frying it and serving each hearty portion with homemade ranch dressing and spicy maple syrup.
310 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-216-7086 or lechickrotisserie.com
2. Bird & Bone
In the mood for Nashville hot fried chicken, Florida cheddar-and-chive biscuits and sweet potato mash with maple-bourbon butter? Good, because it’s served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at this Southern-comfort institution on the beach.
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234 or theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com
1. Root & Bone
We know we already mentioned Jeff McInnis’s fried chicken at Stiltsville, but we’d be remiss to leave out his new South Miami restaurant, Root & Bone, with chef-partner and wife Janine Booth. The duo churns out fried chicken in every form imaginable: fried chicken biscuits, chicken-and-waffle sandwiches and whole-bird baskets. (If you can’t make it to South Miami, visit the outpost inside the Shelborne South Beach.)
5958 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami; 786-785-1001 or rootnbone.com