4526 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
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, 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.