The fact that this piano bar/restaurant serves good fried chicken probably comes as no surprise. Located on 79th Street in a setting that is often overlooked, Magnum Lounge won New Times' Best Fried Chicken in 2010. After three years, it still deserves a spot on the list. Owned by Jeffrey Landsman, the restaurant's recipe originated in the hands of Landsman's mother. Following the restaurant's unfussy, homespun style, the dish pairs chicken with mashed potatoes and some boiled vegetables. Although the dish ain't cheap, and it will increase checks by $21.25, this fried chicken's thick crust and generous portion makes it a winner.
Located in North Miami, Fritay Fried Pork and Chicken first opened its doors in 2008. Since then, the Haitian fast food shop has been serving a variety of fried foods: griot -- pork marinaded in sour orange juice -- yucca, sweet plantains, acras -- fritters -- and taso goat, doused in sour orange juice, garlic, and some spice. Haitian-style chicken wings ($4.99) are seasoned with peppers, fresh thyme, sour oranges, shallots, garlic, and onion. This rendition at Fritay adds variety to those tired barbecue or Buffalo-sauced chicken wings offered elsewhere around town.
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