Fried Chicken Day is here, which means many people will be scarfing down crunchy, breaded chicken in honor of the unofficial holiday. In South Florida, there are plenty of local options to chow down on chicken that isn’t from a major chain restaurant. Here’s a brief roundup of five places to eat authentic fried chicken in South Florida, as determined by Yelp.
Coral Springs, FL.
Metro Diner came to South Florida in March 2017, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The chain has 13 locations in Florida and is known for its hearty meals -- particularly, it’s chicken and waffles. The diner has a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor and Yelp.
Caporal Chicken has a four-star rating on Yelp and is also known for its chicken and waffles. Many people discovered the restaurant after it was featured on a Miami New Times list of best fried chicken eateries. Customers on Yelp rave that Caporal Chicken is a “hidden gem” with great customer service. “The fried chicken and tenders were to die for. Straight up goodness for the soul,” one commenter wrote on Yelp.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Miami Beach, FL.
The ever-famous Yardbird draws dozens of people to Miam Beach who crave fried chicken and watermelon and -- of course -- chicken and waffles. The restaurant has more than 3000 reviews on Yelp and like Metro Diner, holds a rating of 4.5. There are Yardbird locations in Las Vegas and Singapore and the eatery has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, according to OpenTable.
Big Rooster’s Southern Table
Coral Springs, FL.
Big Rooster’s Southern Table has a rating of 3.5 on Yelp and is lauded for “fine southern food.” Some customers said the chicken is mediocre, but others note the atmosphere of the restaurant and said the fried chicken and grits are very tasty dishes.
Magic Soul Food
Pembroke Pines, FL.
Magic Soul Food has a rating of 3.5 on Yelp and is also known for “southern soul food.” While many reviews praise the establishment for its fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, there are mixed reviews about the atmosphere and customer service.