National Fried Chicken Day: where to find a good, crispy bird

Deals and meals at local restaurants


Why isn’t every day National Fried Chicken Day? We can only ask and wonder. And we can celebrate on the actual holiday, which arrives this Friday in all its crispy splendor. 

Where to chow-down this weekend? Some options, from fast to fancy:

Friday 

The Regional Kitchen serves some of the best fried chicken in South Florida, thanks to an executive chef with Carolina roots and a thoroughly Southern soul. Chef Lindsay Autry brines her bird in sweet tea before frying it to a crispy finish. On National Friday Chicken Day, she’s offering unlimited fried chicken helpings at lunchtime. 

Here’s the deal: At lunch, order The Regional’s “Meat n’ Three” meal and get all-you-can-eat fried chicken ($14 dark meat, $16 white meat), plus three Southern sides (your choice). At dinner, the bottomless chicken option is served with coleslaw and pickles ($24). 

Or you can get your crispy bird to go – fried chicken buckets are $30 (take-out only). The three fried chicken specials are offered only on Friday. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are strongly suggested. 

The Regional Kitchen: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-557-6460 


Sunday 

In Palm Beach, Chef Clay Conley’s ever-busy Buccan turns up the fryer on Sundays during summer. The restaurant offers fried chicken dinners with traditional sides (think slaw, baked beans, mashed potatoes, biscuit) for $26. Reservations are a must. 

Buccan: 350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450 



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Anytime 

  • Find plenty of local love at Bud’s Chicken & Seafood, where the drive-through line often snakes around the parking. It’s that popular. For a location near you, visit BudsChicken.com
  • Howley’s diner in West Palm serves a fried chicken dinner that’s served with mashed potatoes and applesauce ($16.50; $2.50 upcharge for white meat). Patience is requested, however – there’s a 20-minute wait on the dish, which is made to order. Howley’s: 4700 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach; 561-833-5691 


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