The Coastal Star

The Plate: Crunchy Frybird

The Place: Flybird, 335 E. Linton Blvd., Delray Beach; 243-1111 or www.flybirdfood.com.

The Price: $12.95

The Skinny: You can smell the chicken grilling over an open flame as you pull into the lot for Flybird.

And next time, I will get grilled chicken.

But the Tuesday night I visited, fried fowl sounded good, and it was.

The chicken breast half on my sandwich was moist and juicy, with just the right amount of crispiness in its breading. The slaw that was served atop the chicken was tangy and light, and a chipotle mayonnaise lent subtle heat. Kudos also go to chef-owner Michael Salmon and his team for serving the sandwich on a perfectly toasted potato roll.

It was served with crisp housemade chips.

Salmon, who competed on The Next Food Network Star and 24 Hour Restaurant Challenge, was there the night I visited. Friends of his were raising a glass of wine to him and his 14-seat restaurant, which offers counter service, but with actual plates and cutlery. I raised a glass of iced tea. Nicely done.

— Scott Simmons

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