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September 2019: We ate our weight in buttermilk and breading to bring you a definitive list of places to go for the best fried chicken in Miami. Sadly, updating our guide meant saying goodbye to the now-shuttered Federal Donuts. But the big gaping hole its closure left in our collective hearts and stomachs has been filled by Jeremy Ford’s spicy sandwich and Kush’s sweet-and-savory brunch combo, both available at Time Out Market Miami. Plus, for the folks who like to get fancy with their chicken, we welcome Brad Kilgore’s buzzy restaurant, Ember, where you get caviar butter (!) with your dish.
A great piece of fried chicken should be several things: tender, moist on the inside and flaky on the outside. But since South Florida is a melting pot, the best fried chicken in Miami is not always the traditional bird you’re used to. If it’s brunch in Miami, you might find it served atop a thick waffle; at lunchtime, Miami sandwich shops like to serve theirs stuffed between buns or biscuits; and dinner is anyone’s guess—think spicy Korean-style chicken at one of Wynwood’s best restaurants or a Middle-Eastern version with toasted sesame seeds. Not sure where to begin your search for the best fried chicken in Miami? We’ve rounded up the top 13 spots serving up all types of options.