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7 Unbelievable Spots for Fried Chicken in Tampa Bay

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When it comes to fried chicken dishes all are not created equal, the savory taste and tender cooking has to all be ‘oh so perfect’ in order to land on our list. 

So instead of you having to scour all over town to find the best friend chicken in Tampa Bay we did the research for you and made master list of the best places in Tampa Bay for you!

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Looking for some of the best fried chicken in Tampa Bay? Then you have to check out King of the Coop. They have a Seminole Heights and Wesley Chapel location. They’re  known for bringing delicious friend chicken meals to the Seminole Heights area.

Opening in April 2019, King of the Coop is the first “Nashville hot chicken restaurant” in Tampa Bay! How cool is that?!  Their fried chicken comes in five degrees of heat; Naked, The Biddy, Midway, Nashville Hot and Coops Fury.

Three of the restaurant’s best sellers are their chicken tenders, catfish basket and Dirty Bird Sandwich, which is made with two tenders and pimento cheese on a toasted potato bread bun. Yum! Which dish would you order first? 

Sunday| 11AM–8PM
Monday – Thursday | 11AM–9PM
Friday and Saturday | 11AM-10PM

📍 6607 N Florida Ave, Tampa

📍27835 Wesley Chapel BlvdWesley Chapel

Another great local option for grabbing great fried chicken in Tampa Bay is Southern Fresh in Safety Harbor. 

Southern Fresh Specializes in southern style food with a fresh spin. They have local grown fresh produce and have  Southern Fresh chefs who work hard to bring you the best dining experience around!

Monday | Closed 

Tuesday – Saturday | 4:30PM-9:30PM

Sunday | 11AM-9PM

📍 122 3rd Ave N Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Want a taste of some amazing friend chicken without having to worry about your waistline? The Better Byrd in St. Pete is a great option for you!

Better Byrd is known for offering “Fast food re-imagined”, with a focus on 100% steroid and hormone free chicken, prepared in as many ways as you can imagine! Yum and yes please!

Have you tried Better Byrd before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below. 

Monday – Friday | 11AM-9PM

Saturday | 9AM-9PM

Sunday| 9AM-8PM

📍4447 4th Street N. Suite 1 Saint Petersburg, FL 33609

If you one thing about Tampa Bay’s dining scene is that we love to offer a variety and that’s exactly what you get at Sparkman Wharf so many dining destinations to choose from. One of them having some of the best friend chicken in town! 

Have you been to Flock and Stock at Sparkman Wharf? No worries if you haven’t you can go today and thank us later! Flock and Stock offers dishes that celebrate American roadside favorites like cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and hot, crispy waffle fries and of course some good ol’ fried chicken! 

Monday | Closed 

Tuesday – Sunday | 11AM-11PM

📍 615 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

We can’t have a list of the best places in Tampa Bay to get fried chicken without mentioning a local favorite, Datz! 

The Macdill Ave location opened back in 2009 and has been a hit since! Here is where you can get great drinks, sweets, fried chicken dishes and more! Datz is truly home of comfort food with flair, for you to enjoy. Check them out in South Tampa, downtown St. Pete, and Riverview.

Daily hours | 8AM-9PM

📍 2616 S MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33629

📍180 Central Ave, St. Pete, FL 33601

📍6264 Winthrop Town Centre Ave, Riverview, FL 33578

Don’t you just love a small mom and pop style dining experience? We sure do! We love it even better when the vibes and the food are top tier! That’s what you get at Nash’s Hot Chicken in St Pete, you can find them right along Central.

Nash’s Hot Chicken is a “Nashville hot chicken concept” located in the heart of Downtown Saint Petersburg. They have all of the chicken dishes you could ever want. Give them a try and let us know what you think!v 

Monday – Thursday | 11AM-11PM

Friday | 11AM-12PM

Saturday | 11AM-3AM

Sunday | 11AM-11PM

📍 905 Central Ave Saint Petersburg, FL 33705

Rounding out our list of best places in Tampa Bay for fried chicken we have Metro Diner! This local gem has locations in Tampa and St Pete. Offering all of the comfort foods and breakfast dishes your heart could ever want or need. Not to mention their amazing fried chicken dishes never disappoint, it truly it souther cuisine when you dine here. 

Affordable and delicious, how could you go wrong!?


Daily hours | 7AM-8PM

📍 200 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602


Best Fried Chicken in Tampa Bay

Excited about exploring more foodie spots in Tampa Bay? Share your dining adventures with us by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey is the author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. Aubrey lives in the sunshines state of Florida and is a self-proclaimed expert of the Tampa Bay area. As a freelance writer, Aubrey loves to connect with new people, explore new places, and share the amazing stories of it all.

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