Personally, we’re always in the mood for a fried chicken sandwich. Wake us up at 3am with a blow horn (please don’t, by the way) and we’ll eat one. Wednesday at 11:36am? Why not. Trapped in an airport for a six-hour layover? We’ll eat three, even if they taste like plastic. Luckily, the ones on this guide taste very good.
Coop is a vendor inside the Design District food hall Mia Market. They specialize in various forms of fried chicken, one of the best being their “Lil Hottie” sandwich. It comes with a fried chicken thigh slicked in a hot sauce we’d categorize as “medium.” There are also thick house pickles, coleslaw, and a soft potato bun. It’s just one of those sandwiches you can tell is going to be good just by looking at the menu. And (spoiler alert) it is.
A simple, well-executed fried chicken sandwich is a beautiful sight. And you’ll find just such a sandwich at The Chicken Spot, a small restaurant on Washington Ave. There are five versions, including one with coconut breading and an excellent hot honey sandwich with pickles and sriracha mayo. Other potentially fun things to eat here include fried mac and cheese balls, popcorn chicken, and loaded waffle fries.
Over Under is a new spot in Downtown that’s proving to be very good at putting meat between pieces of bread. Their cheeseburger is quite tasty, but so is their fried chicken sandwich. It’s a pretty straightforward version: a boneless chicken thigh polished with hot honey sauce, pickles, lettuce, mayo, and a sesame seed bun. It glistens in the sun and goes well with the frozen piña colada. They have outdoor sidewalk seating and online ordering for takeout.
Everything at Rosie’s, an Overtown breakfast and lunch spot, is good. But especially the chicky sandwich. The juicy piece of chicken is fried in a way that produces all those wonderful, crunchy, jagged little pieces of breading. Then it’s coated in buffalo sauce and topped with B&B pickles and a little lemon aioli to balance the whole thing out. There’s also a side of crispy yucca chips. Order this as soon as you can. Then order it again and again, it’s that good. Check out the menu and get one online.
Boia De’s fried chicken sandwich has been one of the all-stars of the “pivot to takeout” era. They used to serve this thing back when the team ran a taco truck in the Design District, and it’s still as good as we remember. Between the crunchy chicken, the creamy avocado, and the refreshing slaw, there’s a lot of contrast going on here. One big thing to note about this dude, though: right now they’re only serving it on Sundays. So set a reminder and be prepared to order online.
This vendor inside The Citadel specializes in burgers but their fried chicken sandwich is absolutely worth a try. The “Carrier Pigeon” is made from ground chicken and formed into an aesthetically pleasing little round patty. The breading is thin but crispy and there’s a crunchy cabbage situation on top that we approve of.
Baywood Local Eatery
Baywood is a casual little MiMo cafe that’s open for breakfast and lunch. During lunch, they have a very nice fried chicken sandwich on the menu. It’s nothing too fancy - just a thick chunk of crispy thigh meat on top of coleslaw, spicy piquillo aioli, and a tomato (which we yanked off cause it was compromising the structural integrity of the sandwich). You can take it to-go or eat outside on their little patio. We enjoyed every bite, and will be back next time we want a solid fried chicken sandwich without having to make a reservation, or worry that we’re technically wearing pajamas.
Sparky’s in Downtown serves a fried chicken sandwich that’s smoked before it’s fried, which gives it a slight barbecue flavor. That’s a good thing, by the way. It comes on a sturdy bun that’s buttered and toasted and you can also add American cheese to the sandwich. You should probably do that.
We go to Sweet Liberty for the drinks. But after two of those, we tend to get a little hungry. If and when that happens, the fried chicken sandwich here is a great call. It’s incredibly crunchy and has a little bit of honey and hot sauce for a nice balance of sweet heat. It’ll be an excellent companion to whatever great cocktail you end up drinking here.
As difficult as it is to order anything but a burger at Kush, you should make an effort to branch out with their Farmstyle Chicken Sandwich. It is, like everything here, excellent. Great ingredients, perfectly cooked, and crispy enough to hear from a table away. Get the 50/50 fries too, because sweet potato and regular fries can get along. They’re also serving this at Kush by Spillover in Coconut Grove.
The Wynwood spot Le Chick is, in fact, pretty good at chicken. They cook it rotisserie style, fried, and in sandwich form with their Fried Chicken Bun. The chicken here is nice and crispy. The bun is squishy, but firm enough to hold the whole thing together. And there’s swiss cheese melted evenly over it all. Our only complaint about this one is the bib lettuce, which gets a little soggy and sad when heated. But it’s pretty easy to just yank off like a tablecloth.
There’s a reason Yardbird is always busy. They’re really good at fried chicken - and who doesn’t like fried chicken? Not you, who has made it this far in a fried chicken sandwich guide. So consider ordering their Nashville hot chicken sandwich if you’re ever in South Beach. It’s big, crunchy, spicy, and will give you an excuse to get a side of mac and cheese.