Eating fried chicken is no tidy affair. Golden brittle breading bursts after a gentle nibble. Bits of crust cascade beneath your chin. Juices flow. Fingers glisten. Lips gleam. (Call this gloss pollo frito; it sure as hell beats Chanel.)
In Miami, a city brimming with restaurants of diverse ethnicities, fried chicken goes beyond the realm of American Southern cuisine. Across the Magic City, the epicurean cognoscenti can find Haitian, Jamaican, Dominican, Cuban, Japanese, Korean, and more.
What follows is a list of the ten best fried chicken places in town. Some serve bird on the bone; others do not. Some provide wings; others only breast. Regardless of origin, method or style, this poultry all starts and ends the same way: butcher, season, batter, fry, eat, napkin.