There are plenty of fried chicken spots in Florida -- but Dixie Fried Chicken is the best, according to an MSN.com survey. The popular chicken spot has stood in the same spot for 50 years.
A Belle Glade mainstay, Dixie Fried Chicken, has been named “Best Hole-in-the-Wall Spot for Fried Chicken” in Florida. Which begs the question: Road trip?
The “best” distinction comes courtesy of an MSN.com survey, published last month and credited for a recent uptick in business at the brick-lined building that sits just off Main Street on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard West. (That’s 43 miles west of Palm Beach International Airport, in case you’re contemplating that day trip.)
“Isn’t that something?” manager Greg Carden said by phone Monday before excusing himself to complete an order with the restaurant’s chicken purveyor.
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That Dixie Fried Chicken, or “DFC,” is a local favorite should come as no surprise -- the place has been there for 50 years as of February. His mother, Grace Eberle, helped businessman Billy Bryant open the place in 1969.
“I was 8 year old. And we’re still serving the same way we did back then. The food is still the same. The white serving boxes and drinks are still the same. We’ve maintained the same recipe my mother used to make,” said Carden, 58.
Their fried chicken recipe is thoroughly Southern, he said. The chicken is dipped in buttermilk and eggs, dredged in flour and fried in “100 percent” peanut oil, he said.
“It’s not nearly as greasy as at other places. We drain all the grease out of it before we serve it,” said Carden, whose family hails from Georgia.
While the fried chicken boxes are popular, they are not Dixie’s biggest sellers. The “wingettes” with your choice of sauce (starting at about $5 for six pieces) and the catfish fingers (starting at $5.05).
And, hands down, the most popular weekly special is the house-made chicken and dumplings (about $4 a pint, $6 a quart), which are served only on Mondays. If you want some, you have to call in advance, said Carden.
“It’s a family recipe that goes back a couple of generations,” he said. “I make the dough every week.”
Dixie Fried Chicken: 133 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. W, Belle Glade, 561-996-4000; open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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