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Spring Chicken, Opening In Fort Lauderdale, Is Like A Shake Shack For Fried Chicken Sandwiches

A new fast-casual fried chicken joint will be hatching soon in Fort Lauderdale.

Spring Chicken, a comfort food concept from the creator behind the award-winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in South Beach, will be coming to Broward. The eatery will be Yardbird's more laid-back complement.

Yardbird was recognized as a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant and one of Bon Appetit's 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012. Chef and restaurateur John Kunkel has since built an empire with 50 Eggs, Inc. restaurant group, which also includes the national fast-casual chain Lime Fresh Mexican Grill.

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Spring Chicken opened its flagship location in Coral Gables at the end of last month and plans to expand the chain, starting with four locations. The Fort Lauderdale restaurant, which will be located at 2400 N. Federal Highway, is expected to open this spring.

The family-friendly, home-style eatery serves fried chicken sandwiches, plates and family meals, all based on the original recipe Kunkel learned from his grandmother Lewellyn.

"Spring Chicken is an anticipated return to my fast-casual roots of incorporating high-quality food that is made fresh, fast and at a great value," Kunkel said in a press release. "With the popularity of Yardbird, we are happy to provide individuals an alternative to a more approachable dining experience while still delivering our distinct caliber of food with respect to sustainability and ethical practices." 

Spring Chicken also offers salads, fresh baked biscuits, sides like potlicker greens and mac and cheese, and Lil Ones kids' meals. To drink, guests can order fresh-squeezed lemonade, shakes and floats.

To create a comfortable and welcoming environment, the restaurant features a rustic, industrial look that merges urban and Southern rural influences—from white brick walls and multi-colored mason jars to communal picnic-style tables with butcher-block tops.  

What makes Spring Chicken an especially approachable alternative to Yardbird (besides the fast service and casual ambiance) are the prices. A guest can walk away with a chicken sandwich—such as the Yardbird, which features a crispy chicken thigh, house pickles and Southern sauce on a toasted potato bun–for as little as $5.95. Blue plate specials of fried chicken served with waffle fries and minty watermelon range from $7.95 to $10.95, and all sides are $3.75 for a small serving or $7.95 for a large.

Spring Chicken; 2400 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale

Spring Chicken

Spring Chicken

Spring Chicken

Photos courtesy 50 Eggs, Inc.