2207 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33629
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Watch out, Chick-fil-A and KFC, there's a new poultry prince in town, and he's gunning to be king. A fast-food chain launched by an Outback Steakhouse co-founder, PDQ is about as narrowly focused as they come, like the In-N-Out Burger of chicken. The core is chicken tenders ($3.85 for three, $6.75 for a meal with fries and a drink), real white meat chicken, moist, wholesome-tasting, with a fairly heavy, crunchy batter. These fried tenders come sliced as toppers on the crispy chicken salad or in a crispy chicken sandwich. Milkshakes — chocolate, vanilla, strawberry — are thick (more dessert than beverage) and served in a small enough portion that you won't be queasy by the last pull on the straw, and fresh-squeezed lemonade is old-timey and quenching. And this place is fast: Whether you drive through or walk in, you'll have your bag of goodies in disorientingly few minutes. Also at 4526 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg: (727) 873-7999.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.