Yea, it’s a grocery store. And no, it’s not even a terribly good one. But Publix (South Florida) makes a damn fine grocery store fried chicken.
Don’t believe The Monster? Over 6,000 fans of Publix fried chicken on Facebook (The Monster gladly adds his like). When visiting a family friend on his boat the staff serves up Publix fried chicken on fine china. And the public(x) has spoken, Publix fried chicken beats out KFC easily.
It’s a crunchy, salty, juicy (a bit greasy), meaty yard bird. It’s a guilty pleasure. It’s a lovely hot breakfast the first morning and cold the following day.
The key here is to get a fresh batch and have them put your golden bullion into the box top up so it doesn’t become a soggy mess. If, like The Monster, you lack willpower you will be eating it off the trunk of your car in the parking lot so grab some napkins and a bottle of hot sauce.
Now let’s be perfectly clear. This is not fried chicken from Willie Maes Scotch House or Gus’s or Prince’s Hot. There is no coconut breading like Cha Cha delivers or rooster sauce to kick it up a notch like Son of a Gun.
But nevermind that. This is grab a box and go. Dig in and let the juice drip down your chin. Enjoy a beautiful day with family at the beach fried chicken. And for that The Monster salutes you Publix.
Why go? It’s not KFC.
Monster rating: 3/5 Monsters
Locations throughout the South.