Local Bites: King of the Coop in Seminole Heights

Fresh off the heels of their departure from Armature Works’ rotating stall in between Empamamas and Inside the Box, the minds behind Soul Food Street Kitchen have opened up a delicious, permanent concept off of Florida Ave. in the heart of Seminole Heights - King of the Coop.

Specializing in the beloved Nashville Hot chicken, King of the Coop serves up tenders, leg quarters and sandwiches with a “hierarchy” of heat - Naked (no heat, no spice), The Biddy (no heat, all flavor), a signature Nashville Hot, Coop’s Fury (kicked up with habanero) and the heat-packed Take The Throne.

I was invited to experience that signature Nashville Hot flavor prior to opening day at a special influencer event - keep scrolling to see what they served up and what we absolutely loved!

I’ll start off by saying this first: we absolutely loved everything we ate, but you’ll do yourself a disservice if you leave your first visit without trying the Nashville Hot tenders or leg quarters. By all means, order a sandwich in addition, but do not leave the building without getting that sole crunch and flavor of the chicken on its own.

This chicken is double-fried, with an incredibly satisfying, crunchy exterior, and all the juice and tenderness locked away inside.

Nashville Hot Tenders, served with crispy fries, King sauce and sweet heat pickles

Side of Hushpuppies: Grandma’s recipe, served with pimento cheese

Nashville Hot Sandwich: 2 Nashville Hot tenders, sweet heat pickles, shredded slaw on a toasted bun

The Dirty Bird Sandwich: 2 tenders (your choice of spice), pimento cheese, King sauce on a toasted bun

The Hen Sandwich: 2 tenders (your choice of spice), King sauce on a toasted bun

The King Mac Sandwich: 2 tenders (your choice of spice), King sauce, mac n cheese, sweet heat pickles, shredded slaw on a toasted bun

The King of the Coop: Chef Joe Dodd

I’m forever a chicken tender gal, but the King Mac Sandwich (Nashville hot!) stole my heart, too. These sandwiches are loaded, and meant to be destroyed via fork and knife. I’m seriously impressed with King of the Coop, and you can bet I’ll be back, with friends!

King of the Coop officially opens to the public at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, and you don’t want to sleep on this, y’all!

King of the Coop is located at 6607 North Florida Avenue in Tampa. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For the latest updates from King of the Coop, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.