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7 Unbelievable Spots for Fried Chicken in Tampa Bay

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When it comes to fried chicken dishes there is some heavy competition in Tampa Bay. The savory taste and tender cooking have 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 a 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 fried 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? 

Monday| 11AM–10PM
Tuesday| 11AM–10PM
Wednesday| 11AM–10PM
Thursday| 11AM–10PM
Friday| 11AM–10PM
Saturday| 11AM–10PM
Sunday| 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 locally grown fresh produce and have  Southern Fresh chefs who work hard to bring you the best dining experience around!

Monday| Closed
Tuesday| Closed
Wednesday| 4:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday| 4:30pm-9:30pm
Friday| 4:30pm-9:30pm
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!


Monday| 11AM–9PM
Tuesday| 11AM–9PM
Wednesday| 11AM–9PM
Thursday| 11AM–9PM
Friday| 11AM–9PM
Saturday| 11AM–9PM
Sunday| 11AM–9PM

📍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| 11AM–11PM
Wednesday| 11AM–11PM
Thursday| 11AM–11PM
Friday| 11AM–11PM
Saturday| 11AM–11PM
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 the home of comfort food with a flair for you to enjoy. Check them out in South Tampa, downtown St. Pete, and Riverview.

Monday| 7AM-9PM
Tuesday| 7AM-9PM
Wednesday| 7AM-9PM
Thursday| 7AM-9PM
Friday| 7AM-9PM
Saturday| 7AM-9PM
Sunday| 7AM-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 is top tier! That’s what you get at Nash’s Hot Chicken in St. Pete and 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!

Monday| 11AM-11PM
Tuesday| 11AM-11PM
Wednesday| 11AM-11PM
Thursday| 11AM-11PM
Friday| 11AM-3AM
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 is southern cuisine when you dine here. 

Affordable and delicious, how could you go wrong!?

Monday| 6:30AM-8PM
Tuesday| 6:30AM-8PM
Wednesday| 6:30AM-8PM
Thursday| 6:30AM-8PM
Friday| 6:30AM-8PM
Saturday| 6:30AM-8PM
Sunday| 6:30AM-8PM

📍 200 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602


Best Fried Chicken in Tampa Bay

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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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