Fried chicken... how can something so simple be so delicious? We're not quite sure, but we do know we're happy about it!

With National Fried Chicken Day lurking right around the corner on July 6, there's no better time than now to catch everyone up to speed on the best fried chicken in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Whether it's served solo or with waffles or even biscuits, these local restaurants are definitely worth a trip to get your fix on Fried Chicken Day. 

Rush Hour Chicken & Waffles

Self-proclaimed as having the best chicken and waffles on this side of Florida, this St. Petersburg spot is a perfect stop on your fried chicken feeding frenzy.

Better Byrd

This chicken joint is truly a bird above with their focus is on 100% steroid and hormone free chicken, prepared in as many ways as you can imagine.

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Maple Street Biscuit Company

Fried chicken for breakfast?! We won't tell your mom! Sandwiched between homemade buttermilk biscuits and topped with whatever your heart desires, this all-natural fried chicken is a must-have in Downtown St. Petersburg.

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Three Birds Tavern

This pub has a sprawling porch, patio for outdoor dining, and chipotle-breaded chicken and waffle entree on their menu... need we say more?

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Heavy's Food Truck

Serving up the best soul food in the area, Heavy's Food Truck is certainly worth a visit on National Fried Chicken Day.

Southern Fresh

Near Clearwater, Southern Fresh is one of Safety Harbor's best-kept secrets. Their signature dish is a southern style skillet fried chicken, and yes, it's as good as it sounds.


Sadly, not every day can be National Fried Chicken Day, but, luckily, we can these mouthwatering fried chicken dishes can be savored any day of the week! Next time you're craving some flaky, golden brown chicken, check out this list of the best friend chicken in St. Petersburg and Clearwater and try somewhere new.

If you have a favorite that we missed, be sure to mention them below in the comments!

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