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The 8 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants In Tampa

Updated: May 2, 2022

Need comfort food? No one does comfort food better than these fried chicken spots in Tampa. We analyzed the best review sites, including expert and diner reviews for these top fried chicken joints in Tampa. If you’re after fried wings, deep-fried nuggets, or tasty drumsticks we guarantee these restaurants do it best!

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King of the Coop

American, $, Seminole HeightsAmerican, $Tampa, Seminole Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • My Area Network, 2019

    Best Fried Chicken in Tampa

    My Area Network, 2019
  • Creative Loafing, 2019

    22 chicken sandwiches in Tampa Bay everyone should try at least once

    Creative Loafing, 2019

Metro Diner

American, $$, Bon Air NorthAmerican, $$Tampa, Bon Air North
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • My Area Network, 2019

    Best Fried Chicken in Tampa

    My Area Network, 2019
  • Tampa Magazine, 2019

    2019 Sandwich Hunt Winners

    Tampa Magazine, 2019

Tasty Shop

East TampaTampa, East Tampa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 5.0

Kay's Kitchen

University SquareTampa, University Square
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2020

    4 top spots for chicken wings in Tampa

    Hoodline, 2020
  • Creative Loafing, 2019

    22 chicken sandwiches in Tampa Bay everyone should try at least once

    Creative Loafing, 2019

Noble Crust

American, $$, TampaAmerican, $$Tampa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

PDQ Westchase

American, $, TampaAmerican, $Tampa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

PDQ Waters

$, Tampa$Tampa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

PDQ South Dale

American, $, Palma Ceia WestAmerican, $Tampa, Palma Ceia West
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate these results?

Choosing the right spot for Fried Chicken can be tough, especially if you’re exploring new restaurants. We pored over ratings for 7417 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Tampa and 260 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Tampa Magazine, Creative Loafing and Hoodline had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. For example, we considered Tampa Magazine - 2019 Sandwich Hunt Winners, Creative Loafing - 22 chicken sandwiches in Tampa Bay everyone should try at least once and Hoodline - 4 top spots for chicken wings in Tampa as we sourced this ultimate list. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. The ten options above are the best of Tampa Fried Chicken.

Frequently asked questions

There are 49 fried chicken spots in Tampa.

Impasto is the highest-rated food truck that serves fried chicken in Tampa.

Metro Diner, Kay's Kitchen, and Ichicoro Ramen are the highest-rated fried chicken spots for a pick-up order in Tampa.

edison: food+drink lab, Chop Chop Shop, and King of the Coop are the highest-rated fried chicken spots for lunch in Tampa.

edison: food+drink lab, Chop Chop Shop, and King of the Coop are the highest-rated fried chicken spots for take-out in Tampa.

Drink pairing tips for Fried Chicken

  • Tempranillo and fried chicken


    A red wine and some nice, tasty fried chicken - specifically a Tempranillo - go really well together. This drink will help bring out the most of the spicy in your food, trust us!

  • The perfect match for your fried chicken

    Experts often pair fried chicken with a glass of Riesling, a popular white wine.

  • Pair Pale Ale with fried chicken

    When considering how to best enjoy your fried chicken, we would highlight how well a glass of Pale Ale complements the dish as it cleanses the palate.


Interesting facts about Fried Chicken

  • Amazing Fried Chicken in London

    Did you know that every year in September foodies in London, United Kingdom celebrate their passion for Fried Chicken? The World Chicken Festivalis held annually.


  • A day for fried chicken-lovers

    If you’re in The United States, be ready for July 6. It’s National Fried Chicken Day!

  • The biggest fried chicken ever

    2,493 pounds is the record for the biggest fried chicken. We hope people were hungry!

Parking info

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