So what if it's just a summertime special? The fried chicken at Michy's, the restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and husband/partner David Martinez, is a highly anticipated, annual occasion. Since 2009, the restaurant has offered an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner on Wednesday nights during the summer. For $38, diners get unlimited chicken, salad, coleslaw, biscuits, and dessert. Considering a dinner at Michy's usually comes in at about $70 or more per person, this chicken dinner is not only good, it's also a good deal. And that's why it makes the list.
Jeff McInnis, the chef who heads the kitchen at South Beach's Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, spent his childhood between shrimping boats in Florida and his grandparent's farm in Alabama. After appearing on Top Chef, as well as spearheading the opening of midtown's Gigi, he teamed up with John Kunkel, the mastermind and CEO behind one of Miami's most successful restaurant groups, 50 Eggs, Inc. Kunkel's grandmother, Llewellyn, is the mastermind behind the restaurant's classic fried chicken. At Yardbird, an order of Llewellyn's finest ($26) brings half a free-range bird, which is brined and seasoned for a total of 27 hours. The chicken is served next to salted, spiced watermelon cubes with fresh mint. It's some good old Southern fried chicken, the kind that's rooted in history.
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