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Today is National Fried Chicken Day! So to celebrate the holiday we’re going to check out the Best Fried Chicken in SWFL.

According to Wikipedia, “The origin of fried chicken in the southern states of America has been traced to precedents in Scottish and West African cuisine. Scottish fried chicken was cooked in fat, but unseasoned; while West African fried chicken was seasoned, but battered and cooked in palm oil. Scottish frying techniques and African seasoning techniques were used in the American South by enslaved Africans.”

Because we’re on the coast, everyone just assumes that seafood would be the game here. But we also have some amazing pizza, Mexican food, and if you’re not aware, there’s some mighty amazing places to get fried chicken. An I’m not talking about the obvious treks to Popeye’s or KFC, let’s hit up the Mom and Pop joints. The only major on this list is Publix. Publix fried chicken tender subs are legendary and there’s no way I could leave it off the list. So whether you’re taking it along on a picnic or enjoying the crispy goodness for Sunday dinner, we put together a list of the places with the Best Fried Chicken in SWFL. I appreciate your feedback, but if I could choose only one on this list, I’d go to Fancy’s, but looking at this last got me thinking of trying something new.


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