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We’ve discovered that great fried chicken is all over this town. And the winners?

Made's Double-Dipped Fried Chicken

At downtown’s Made Restaurant, the fried chicken is double dipped—meaning the buttermilk-brined chicken is coated in seasoned flour, dipped in hot-sauce-spiked buttermilk, then coated in flour again. The result? Perfectly crispy yet tender chicken that’s hard to stop eating, especially when served alongside a savory waffle and hot-sauce-infused honey. 

Stottlemeyer's Smoke House's Fried Chicken

Stottlemeyer's Smoke House delivers hot, tender meat with a crispy, crunchy coating—all in a fun, open-air atmosphere out east. Pro tip: go on a night when there's live music.

Shore Diner's Free-Range Fried Chicken

Fried chicken and hot sauce go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Shore’s fried chicken has just the right amount of heat in both its crisp coating and its moist meat—and it comes with a side of Tabasco honey, too. Plus, you can't beat the second-story views of St. Armands Circle.

Blue Rooster's Fried Chicken

Blue Rooster is a great spot for live music (don't miss the Sunday gospel brunch), but the fried chicken on its Southern-inspired menu also stars, with a light yet flavorful breading and succulent meat—exactly what you expect when you hear the words “fried chicken.”

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Blue Rooster

$$ Southern 1525 4th St

Southern comfort food with a twist, like fried green tomatoes, catfish, meatloaf and chicken and waffles.

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Shore Diner

$$$ New American 465 John Ringling Boulevard

At Shore Diner, the mid-century modern ambiance is reason enough to stop in for a cocktail and a meal.

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Stottlemyer's Smokehouse

$$ American, Barbecue 19 East Road

The kids can enjoy the sprawling sandlot and the cornhole boards; the parents can enjoy the huge chickee hut lit up like Christmas. Stottlemyer’s is better k...

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$$$ New American, Southern 1990 Main St., #112

The acronym stands for “Modern American Delicious Eats,” and that’s what you’ll find at Made, opposite Hollywood 20 on Upper Main Street.