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Driving through Florida is not for the faint of heart. It’s one of the longest, most boring states to navigate. And if you live in the 305, you know Miami isn’t really a part of Florida. Once you pass through Broward, it could start to feel like a foreign land; especially because of the humdrum food scenes drivers encounter during pit stops along the way.
As fate would have it, when our Hungry Black Man team needed to gas up in Ft. Pierce, we decided to do a little exploration of its food scene. We ate at a couple small restaurants that were flat out awful. Fortunately, just as we were about to give up, a local recognized us and recommended a couple of their favorites, one of which turned out to be a true gem.
Chicken and Waffle at Kinfolk and More (located at 7319 Indrio Rd Suite 5, Fort Pierce, FL 34951) is an all-day breakfast eatery that serves some of the best fried chicken in the state! I ordered the chicken and waffles and was honestly shocked that the fried chicken was so delicious. The waffle was an American style that tasted similar to a good Waffle House version that complimented the chicken, but the chicken is the real star. The waffle with pecans was my favorite. You can get it accompanied with the standard eggs, grits, bacon or sausage.
I have had some of the nation’s most noteworthy fried chicken and the bird here could easily join the ranks as some of the nation’s best. A good fried chicken should have the basic characteristics of bone in moistness, flavorful, tender, crisp, meat easily falling-off-the-bone, juicy, and not greasy, and that’s exactly what this quaint roadside eatery serves. Every piece consistently boasted a flawless combination of crunchiness, softness, and seasoning that I can only assume was underscored by an in-house brine.
The restaurant is located in an unassuming roadside strip mall next to a cow farm. It is about the size of a standard waffle house, with a semi open kitchen where one cook bangs out all the food as fast as humanly possible. I was thoroughly impressed with how efficiently this brother cooked nonstop on the flat iron, fryer, and grill for a packed house of customers.
You couldn’t go wrong with any of the fried items because most of them were awesome. The fried fish and fried pork chop rival the fried chicken, but without the down to the bone goodness you get from chicken.
The homemade biscuit is another star. It’s easily customizable if you add sausage, egg, and cheese or even the fried chicken. I love being creative at spots like this with delicious individual options that can become your own personalized entrée.
This breakfast outpost is a no-frills diner with delicious food, quick service, and did I mention that you can get Kool-Aid? Because the food was so great here, we decided to dive deeper into Ft. Pierce’s food scene and actually discovered other tasty options that we’ll drop in the coming days.
For now, Miamians finally have someplace to grab delicious food while gassing up to drive though the wilderness known as Florida. You can reach them at 772-742-8942.