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Discover the Best Fried Chicken in Orlando

The classic Southern city of Orlando, Florida shines with sun and fun. This theme park mecca has plenty of culture and cuisine on tap. Restaurants with the best fried chicken in Orlando serve up an eclectic mix, combining global styles with classic Southern flavors to create something all its own. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Orlando heading out to when they're looking for the best fried chicken in Orlando? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from the city's in-the-know diners to put together this list of the 20 best fried chicken restaurants in Orlando. With styles ranging from spicy to sweet and everything in between, the best fried chicken in Orlando has something for everyone. Grab a table in Orlando tonight and enjoy!

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The OpenTable Team
16 Restaurants
Updated 10 January 2020
Restaurants:Highball & Harvest, Soco Restaurant, Seito Sushi - Sand Lake
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Southern, Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:I Drive / Sand Lake, Downtown Orlando
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Highball & Harvest

$$$$
Southern
I Drive / Sand Lake
4.7
1137 reviews
One of the best Southern spots in the city, this Florida Parkway institution contains some of the best fried chicken in Orlando. This fun, colorful restaurant presents engaging twists on classic Southern cuisine. For a spicy favorite, try the Nashville hot chicken sandwich. This hot treat includes fried chicken, Nashville hot spice, and Alabama white barbecue sauce. The restaurant also features an H&H pimento cheeseburger with double short-rib patties and spiced pickles. Pair dinner with one of the restaurant's cocktails or a Surplus pale ale from nearby Whisper Creek Farm Brewery.

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Soco Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown Orlando
4.6
1795 reviews
A short stroll away from Lake Eola, Soco Restaurant is a classically-styled and modern spot for elevated Southern cuisine. Take a stroll in after exploring downtown Orlando to enjoy some of the standout Southern small plates or some of the best fried chicken in town. Go for the chicken-n'-French toast, with maple sorghum butter and pink peppercorn whipped cream. Korean-style fried chicken features benne seeds, pickled radishes, and sweet and spicy sauce. A unique option is the chicken-fried cauliflower "steak." It boasts asparagus, artichoke, and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Seito Sushi - Sand Lake

$$$$
Japanese
I Drive / Sand Lake
4.8
2683 reviews
Winter Park is one of the standout locations in the Orlando area, and Seito Sushi is one of its highlight restaurants. This acclaimed new Japanese cuisine right in the heart of Baldwin Park includes some of the best fried chicken in Orlando. Try the fried chicken katsu served with shredded cabbage, lemon aioli, rice, and Katsu sauce. Fish and chips includes beer-battered Bronzino with remoulade and aonori fries. Pepper steak and eggs features hanger steak, two sunny-side-up eggs, and black pepper garlic sauce. For sushi, try the "Super Bowl" with fish, quinoa, and miso-marinated tofu.

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Bull & Bear Steakhouse

$$$$
Unspecified
Lake Buena Vista
4.8
2738 reviews
Head into the local Waldorf Astoria to enjoy some amazing people-watching and some of the best fried chicken in Orlando. A classic steakhouse with the same flair and style as the hotel it resides in, the Bull & Bear is an upscale place for dinner in the city. Head out to catch the incredible views from the restaurant and to try the Bull& Bear fried chicken with Yukon golden mashed potatoes and gravy. The Bull & Bear also boasts all the traditional steakhouse favorites. Go for the chops, steaks, side dishes, and an excellent wine selection.

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The Capital Grille - Millenia, Orlando

$$$$
American
Downtown Orlando
4.8
2569 reviews
The Millenia location of this nationally-renowned chain offers one of the best steakhouse experiences in the state. The Capital Grille features upscale dining in a relaxed but modern atmosphere. Try one of the wine's from the restaurant's acclaimed list and pair it with the fried crispy chicken sandwich with hot honey and chili mayo. For an entree, go for one of the classic filet mignons or a bone-in, dry-aged New York strip. Along with dinner or lunch, go for some of the restaurant's fresh mint lemonade and fresh-brewed iced tea.

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The Tap Room at Dubsdread

$$$$
American
Downtown Orlando
4.7
2280 reviews
For standout outdoor dining in Orlando, The Tap Room is a standout. This relaxing Par Street location features a verandah with exceptional outdoor views. Head to the "Tap Room Favorites" menu for the buffalo fried chicken sandwich with blue cheese dressing. There's also a blackened salmon BLT on toasted rye bread. The burger menu at The Tap Room is another standout. Try the "College Park" with bacon, avocado, and jack cheese, or "The Southern Gentleman" with house-made pimento.

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1921 Mount Dora

$$$$
Contemporary American
Mount Dora
4.7
2119 reviews
The restaurant arm of Orlando's standout Modernism Museum, 1921 Mount Dora is a relaxing, upscale restaurant ideal for travelers and tourists. It also features some of the best fried chicken in Orlando. This sleek spot is a prime location for excellent Florida cuisine. Stop in to enjoy the fried chicken sandwich with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, and garlic aioli. For dinner, try the grilled barrelfish with black lentils, arugula, and alba mushrooms. House-made spaghetti mushroom pasta includes porcini cream, naturals mushroom, and pecorino romano.

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Gyu-Kaku - Orlando, FL

$$$$
Japanese
Doctor Phillips
4.7
1351 reviews
The excitement of a Japanese barbecue is the recipe for a fun night out with friends and family. The Orlando location of this nationally-beloved chain is a standout for great times and excellent food. Start with the Japanese fried chicken with chili mayo or miso chili wings with a spicy and crunchy garlic sauce. The ready-to-eat noodle menu includes spicy Kalbi ramen with beef, egg, green onions, and fresh vegetables. Premium barbecue beef includes harami in a "secret pot" or Kobe-style Kalbi short rib with dipping sauces.

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Cafe Tu Tu Tango - Orlando

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
I Drive / Sand Lake
4.7
5558 reviews
Cafe Tu Tu Tango is a hot spot for Convention-goers. This neighborhood favorite includes an eclectic menu and a lively, engaging ambiance. Head in for the restaurant's standout brunch to get the signature chicken and biscuits. It comes with ancho-guajillo honey, dill pickle, and applewood smoked bacon. Another favorite is the restaurant's sweet treat monkey bread, with dulce de leche, golden raisins, and pecans. Don't miss one of the restaurant's brick oven pizzas for brunch. Try the Southwestern chicken flatbread, with blackened chicken and chipotle-black bean puree.

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The Edison

$$$$
American
Lake Buena Vista
4.3
2879 reviews
Right on Lake Buena Vista, The Edison features some of the coolest ambiance in Orlando. Created from a former power plant, The Edison features a unique and captivating industrial vibe. Grab a few drinks at the restaurant's trio of bars or sit down for dinner in the highlight spot. The "Southern electric chicken" features a half-chicken with chive mashed potato. A house-favorite macaroni and cheese includes a special four-cheese blend. Old-fashioned meatloaf and gravy includes applewood-smoked bacon, spicy ketchup glaze, and mashed potato.

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Bahama Breeze - Orlando - Altamonte Springs

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Altamonte Springs
4.7
427 reviews
For a taste of the Caribbean in the heart of Orlando, the Bahama Breeze restaurant is the place to go. This tropically-cool restaurant near the Altamonte mall features some of the best fried chicken in Orlando. Try the buttermilk fried chicken breast, layered with spinach, tomatoes, corn and melted cheese. A honey sriracha chicken sandwich includes cabbage-jicama slaw on a toasted brioche bun. For a truly tropical taste, try the coconut shrimp tacos with tomato salsa and sriracha aioli. The island-favorite drinks include a pineapple-coconut martini with rum-infused golden pineapple.

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Orlando

$$$$
American
Lake Buena Vista
4.4
3578 reviews
The Orlando location of this nationally-renowned music and good-times chain is one of the best hangout spaces in the city. The restaurant's Southern-favorite menu includes a quarter-bird fried chicken with warm honey, slaw, and corn on the cob. Southern jambalaya boasts sauteed chicken, andouille sausage, and spicy red rice. The shrimp and grits features a chipotle cream sauce with chives on a cotija cheese grit cake. Don't miss the restaurant's juicy Lucy. The sandwich has a beef-and-bacon grind stuffed with provolone cheese and topped with jalapenos.

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The Osprey

$$$$
Seafood
Winter Park
4.7
1306 reviews
This beloved Baldwin Park spot "flies" to the top of the list when it comes to the best fried chicken in Orlando. A lively neighborhood tavern with an electric vibe, the Osprey Tavern is one of the city's top places for brunch. Head in to grab the fried chicken sandwich on a potato bun with Osprey hot honey and bread-and-butter pickle slaw. The restaurant's shakshuka features baked eggs in a spicy tomato ragu with green harissa. Start with the Southern-favorite creamy white corn grits, with a poached egg and whipped goat cheese.

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Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar

$$$$
Seafood
Winter Park
4.6
2129 reviews
This Winter Park favorite offers up a "contemporary version of a classic fish camp." Full of fried favorites and a classic Florida feel, the Reel Fish restaurant features some of the best fried chicken in Orlando. The buttermilk-pan fried chicken features creamy cheese grits, collard greens, and tasso ham gravy. For a seafood taste, try the ale-battered fried fish sandwich with dill-caper tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

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310 Park South

$$$$
American
Winter Park
3.9
734 reviews
For those visiting Orlando's standout Winter Park neighborhood, 310 Park South features an excellent atmosphere and some of the best fried chicken in the city. This centrally-located restaurant is a great option for shoppers after a day spent in the nearby stores. Go for one of the 310 Park sandwiches, like the fried chicken sandwich on a brioche bun or the chicken pimento with fried green tomato. A "My Italian Hero" sandwich includes a full selection of Italian meats alongside provolone cheese and tomato. Try the house-made salmon burger with arugula, lemon-chive aioli, and bacon.

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Hash House a Go Go - Orlando

$$$$
American
I Drive / Sand Lake
4.3
695 reviews
"Twisted Farm Food" is the irresistible slogan at this super-fun, Southern-classic style restaurant on International Drive. The "World-Famous Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles" are the menu's highlight. This dish features two sage-fried chicken breasts on top of a smoked bacon waffle tower, with hot syrup reduction and a fried leek. "Nashville hot" style is a spicy option for only a dollar more. For supper, try the stuffed meatloaf with fresh spinach, mozzarella cheese, and griddled mashed potatoes. Indiana-style hand-hammered pork tenderloin includes caramelized onions and house-charred tomatoes.

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