Sunday, December 4 2022


One of Tampa’s most popular fried chicken places arrives in St. Petersburg as King of the Coop opens a new location on 22nd Avenue across from Tyrone Square in late January. Famous for its Hot Nashville Chicken, King of the Coop opened in 2019 and has already been voted Best Fried Chicken in Tampa Bay two years in a row.

The counter-service take-out restaurant offers a tasty and delicious menu with a strong southern influence, including baskets of tender chicken, fried catfish, sandwiches and even take-out chicken and waffles, as well as seven varieties. choice of sauces. Along with main courses, sides include seasoned fries, mac and cheese, collard greens, hush puppies, and coleslaw. And don’t forget to save room for dessert – tall cups of homemade bourbon banana pudding are the sweet finish of all the savory stars.

And some good news for gluten showers: King of the Coop serves “gluten-free” fried chicken that’s made with a gluten-free batter that doesn’t contain eggs, buttermilk or flour, though they make sure to mention that the chicken is prepared in the same kitchen as other food products containing gluten.

St. Pete’s location will have a personality of its own, owner Joe Dodd said, and also said they will be adding whole fried chicken wings to the menu soon after opening, a former favorite of the debut of King of the Coop. Currently, they’re targeting a grand opening in late January with plans to expand their Uber Eats delivery radius to downtown St. Pete, making it easy for anyone in town to get great fried chicken.

Community Focused Co-op King Excited To Make An Impact In St. Pete

“We’re really excited to cross the bridge,” Dodd said. “People are asking for it and it has been on our radar for several years. We are very community driven and we want to be a part of and reinvest in that community.

King of the Coop got its start when Dodd, a longtime cook with a deep appreciation for southern cuisine and soul, rose to fame for his hot Nashville chicken and fried catfish via Soul Food Street. Kitchen, a quick-service restaurant inside Armature Works in Tampa. With more and more people delighted with his fried goodness, Dodd and his wife decided it was time to branch out and open their own restaurant.

Since opening in Seminole Heights in 2019, King of the Coop has already added a second location to Wesley Chapel and is now looking forward to bringing the concept to “Burg. King of the Coop’s St. Pete will be open at 6928 22nd Avenue North.

As part of their dedication to the community, Dodd and his wife founded the Coop Cares Foundation which helps support underfunded communities and provides the building blocks for developing successful leaders in the culinary arts. As their vision states, the goal is to “provide nourishment to the human spirit through the power of food.”

Stay tuned to I Love the Burg for news on the grand opening, and check out for the full menu and more information.



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