Fran's Chicken Haven

1925 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Christina Mendenhall


  • Mon-Sat 11am-8pm
  • $
  • Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
A sign hangs on the wall at Fran's Chicken Haven in Boca Raton that pretty much says it all: "If the colonel had our recipe, he'd be a general." Why? This joint has been serving comfort food for close to five decades. Opened in 1964 by Fran and Joe Gerace, today the restaurant is owned and operated by Boca Raton native Chris Stuart, who remembers eating there as a child with his father, who at one time delivered the bread. Since he took over in 2013, Stuart has used the original Fran's fried-chicken recipe, a sugar-sweetened blend of spices that fries up to a perfect crisp. Some things, though, have changed. A menu that once served nothing but fried chicken with a side of coleslaw or fries today includes homemade sides like mashed potatoes and gravy or macaroni and cheese. If you're extra hungry, go for the fried chicken and waffles, an oversized Belgian waffle served with a fried chicken thigh and leg and a choice of a regular, chocolate, or apple caramel waffle. For dessert, add another hour to your cardio session the next day and follow up all that fried bird with a fried Oreo or Twinkie.

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