This savory hot chicken joint is worth the trip to Seminole — and don’t forget the banana pudding

Holy hot chicken, Tampa Bay, a new spot for the beloved delicacy is back open in Seminole! Joella’s Hot Chicken, a Louisville-based fast-casual restaurant featuring hot chicken and made-from-scratch sides, re-launched their Seminole restaurant on Wednesday, September 2, unveiling new menu items, additional service capabilities, and offering their best deal on the company’s famed jumbo chicken meal.

We’re here for the crunch, folks.

Someone cuts into a Joella's Hot Chicken lunch meal featuring large chicken tenders and green beans
The Lunch Special at Joella’s Hot Chicken | Photo by Ysanne Taylor for I Love the Burg


Feed the flock at Joella’s Hot Chicken

With a location eight minutes away in Largo, the Seminole restaurant closed in an effort to streamline operations and prioritize safety measures during the unprecedented pandemic. The much-anticipated re-opening accommodates customers’ needs for safety with the addition of curbside pick-up and takeaway meal packs that can “feed the flock”.

“We took some time to evaluate how we could meet the changing needs of our customers in an effort to give them the hand-crafted comfort food they craved and also a dining experience they would enjoy. The family picnic packs were born out of our desire to offer our guests more ways to enjoy our fresh, all-natural chicken and made-from-scratch sides in the comfort of their own home,” says Christina Happel, regional vice president of operations for Joella’s Hot Chicken. “Pinellas County has embraced our hot chicken brand, along with our Southern hospitality and family-friendly atmosphere, and we look forward to being a part of the community again.”

So, what do you need to try at Joella’s Hot Chicken?

A spoon about to dip into the Banana puddin' from Joella's Hot Chicken
The Banana Puddin’ at Joella’s Hot Chicken | Photo by Ysanne Taylor for I Love the Burg

5 must-try items on the Joella’s menu

Banana Puddin’ 

Of course, I’m starting with dessert. Banana Puddin’ is a simple enough delight, and if it’s on the menu, you’d do well to experience it. The layers of banana and vanilla wafers are light and sugary sweet.

Pimento Fried Chicken Sandwich 

These jumbo sandwiches are a delight. Crispy, crunchy, and the absolute day trip fuel anyone needs.

A container of parmesan garlic fries on the left. To the right, the pimento chicken sandwich from Joella's Hot Chicken
The Pimento Big Sammie from Joella’s Hot Chicken | Photo by Ysanne Taylor for I Love the Burg

Chicken and Waffles

Jumbo chicken tenders paired with fluffy waffles: why isn’t this the main course of every meal? Diners have the choice between classic maple syrup or spiked honey, and I cannot recommend the spiked honey enough.

Heat Variety Pack 

This is for the adventurous eater. It also allows those a bit nervous about overstepping the JoElla’s heat index. Sample a variety of different sauces – from the mild to the HOT.

Side of FRIES

Don’t leave without trying the parm garlic fries.

Grand Opening deals for diners

As part of the grand opening celebration, Joella’s will be offering their jumbo tenders meal special for only $5.99 all day long. The special includes two jumbo chicken tenders, one Southern side, one dippin’ sauce, and a drink. Customers can choose from one of six heat levels for the juicy tenders from no-heat Southern to the waiver-worthy Fire-in da-Hole, for the super adventurous. The tenders can be ordered grilled and gluten-free or vegan style for customers with sensitivities or taste preferences.

Joella’s has also just launched new family picnic packs to feed the whole group on the go. The Family Picnic Pack is filled with Jumbo Tenders and guest’s favorite, made-from-scratch, Southern side dishes like the award-winning Creamy Mac & Cheese, kid-friendly Crispy Thin Fries, and Green Beans and Bacon.

Family Picnic Pack for Four: 12 Jumbo Tenders, a choice of two, one-quart Southern Sides, and two Dippin’ Sauces for $34.99.

Family Picnic Pack for Eight: 24 Jumbo Tenders, the choice of two, 2-quart Southern sides and two Dippin’ Sauces for $64.99

Joella’s Hot Chicken – Seminole, 7893 113th Street

The restaurant is open for takeout, dine-in and delivery. Visit Joella’s website for details. Follow Joella’s on Facebook and Instagram for your daily dose of hot chicken.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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