Comfort food is making a comeback in Miami and fried chicken is at the top of everyone’s list. With classic Miami restaurants like Yardbird serving their signature Chicken & Waffles, and newcomers like Richard Hales’ Bird & Bone at the Confidante Hotel entering the scene, the city has a diverse range of the southern dish that we all guiltily crave. To try it at its best, we recommend going to one of these haute 5 destinations to get their spin on the classic dish. Here’s our top picks:
When you think of fried chicken in Miami, you undoubtedly think of the classic Yardbird located on Miami Beach. This place has been doing fried chicken before it was big, and it's even added a few other restaurants under the brand like Spring Chicken and 50 Eggs, where you can also find their signature crispy chicken and other specialties. The place embodies Southern hospitality with the delectable food to match it. We suggest trying the "Chicken 'n Watermelon 'n Waffles" to experience the cuisine at its finest, made with honey hot sauce, chilled spiced watermelon, Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, waffle and bourbon maple syrup.
1600 Lenox Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
2 Bird & BoneBird & Bone
Richard Hales brings Nashville to Miami with his new haute eatery in the Confidante Hotel, Bird & Bone. The traditional country cuisine is sourced from independent small farms and organic butchers, making the comfort food all the more enjoyable. The restaurant offers its signature "Chef Hales' Hot Chicken" fried chicken, and it is sure to leave you coming back for more. The spot will offer an in-house farmers market soon, so be sure to look out for delicious to-go specials as well.
4041 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140
3 Joe's Stone CrabInstagram: Joesstonecrab
Joe's is famous for more than its stone crabs and key lime pie--it also boasts a killer fried chicken dish on the menu. Even better, it's also only $6.95. The story behind it is that Joe always wanted to have something on the menu that even the working man could afford; little did he know this would become one of the iconic spot's best-sellers. It truly is one of the best in the city, and there are few things in this world better than a meal of stone crabs and fried chicken--right?
11 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
4 The DutchInstagram: The Dutch Miami
Andrew Carmenelli's hotspot at the W South Beach is famous for its signature fried chicken. Here, they put a spin on the classic dish, serving it as a lunch special sandwiched between two buttery biscuits and seasoned "Korean Style." You can also get it a little more classically, served as country fried chicken wings with a side of dill honey mustard for dinner.
2201 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
5 Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & GrillSteve Hill
The New York haute spot recently entered the Miami scene, bringing forth some of the freshest sushi and Japanese cuisine around. But you can't forget about the famed Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken. Lucky for us, they've made sure to add this gem to the menu, and let us assure you, if you look around the restaurant while you're digging into your dinner, you can find one of these plates on every table. The epic dish is crispy and delicious, served with the spot's wasabi honey to dip for a sweet and spicy kick.
The Plymouth Hotel 336 21st Street Miami Beach, FL 33139