In the heart of downtown Safety Harbor, you’ll find an unassuming little bungalow filled with big tastes. Savoring just one bite of the sizzling fried chicken from Southern Fresh is sure to evoke those warm, childhood memories of Sunday dinner down South. Using a recipe his great grandmother Crawford handed down through generations, Chef Aaron Stewart, along with his partners George Lenoci and Jamie Ackendorf and their team, shallow fry their chicken in cast iron skillets to order, ensuring a crispy, perfectly seasoned outside and a juicy, tender inside. Paired with home-cooked mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, tangy collard greens or roasted fresh vegetables, and some indulgent banana pudding for dessert, all from family recipes, Southern Fresh’s fried chicken is a meal worth the wait – and the trip to the small city that The Hallmark Channel chose as the cozy, charming setting for its movie, “Love In The Sun.” With a Main Street that harkens back to yesteryear but with plenty of modern conveniences, downtown Safety Harbor offers more than just the best-fried chicken you’ll taste anywhere. Stroll past a gazebo that is a beehive of activity with festivals and a weekly market, browse in several shops, boutiques, and galleries, take rest under a stately grand oak tree, or on a fishing pier that juts out into Old Tampa Bay. When you are ready to get up and go again, visit many other restaurants that, like Southern Fresh, are owned by our neighbors and feature recipes that have been the staple of their families’ dinner tables for generations.


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