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There is a way to get your Chick-fil-A even faster now when you’re getting it around Tampa Bay. Chick-fil-A will be adding express drive through lanes. These will be for mobile orders only. Now, they are not coming to all Chick-fil-A’s right away but they will be coming to hundreds of locations.

The lane will be reserved exclusively for people who order ahead on the Chick-fil-A app. When you order through the app there will be a selection where you click ‘mobile thru’ for your pick up destination. When you get into the mobile lane you will have the employee scan a QR code on your app. After that you will get your food. If the project is successful it will expand to more locations in 2024. There are over 2,800 Chick-fil-A locations across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Julie Ledford, the principal program lead on Chick-fil-A’s Service and Hospitality team, says “Our hope with Mobile Thru is to help guests experience the drive-thru quicker than ever before. By dedicating one of our lanes exclusively for mobile order pickup, we are creating an easier and more efficient experience for our guests on the go.”

There is no word on which resturants in Tampa Bay will be getting the new ‘mobile thru’ lanes.

Big News Coming From Chick-fil-A

Recently, they announced that they brought back the Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich. Also, the caramel crumble milkshake has returned to the restaurant. The Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich has an original Chick-fil-A filet. It is also it also has creamy pimento cheese, mild pickled jalapeños and served on a warm toasted bun drizzled with sweet honey.

They also announced that they will be opening up five restaurants in the United Kingdom. The first store will open in 2025. Chick-fil-A also announced they intend to open restaurants in Europe and Asia by 2026.




The Best 10 Tampa Chick-fil-A Stores: Ranked

Chick-fil-A is one of the many food staples here in Florida. While some may find it overrated, we think it’s the most consistent fast food company there is. Chick-fil-A prides themselves on great customer service and a quality product. But you know people on the internet will always have their own opinion. So we decided to rank the best Tampa Chick-fil-A stores based on customer reviews. Here’s what we found.

You can almost always count on there being a line at any Chick-fil-A location, especially during peak hours. So it’s not uncommon that some people will avoid a certain location because the drive-thru is always backed up or they don’t like how the building/drive-thru lanes are structured. Chick-fil-A was also one of the first companies that had employees taking orders in the drive thru lane to help speed up the process.

There are over 20 Chick-fil-A locations across Tampa. To help save time, we left out the locations at malls, schools, Busch Gardens, and the airport. Meaning we’ll just be ranking the stand alone stores across Tampa. These locations can range from Temple Terrace to South Tampa and even Brandon. Note: we also left out the Bearss Ave location since it is currently being remodeled.

How we created the Tampa Chick-fil-A rankings:

First, we went to www.chick-fil-a.com/locations and searched for Tampa. We initially had less than 10 results but expanded our search to show all of their locations. Then we looked at how that store ranked based on the number of Google reviews and the rating. Remember these are not our reviews, just gathering what other people have been saying. Some people just love to complain on the internet, so we don’t judge based off other people’s reviews. Odds are if we’re hungry for Chick-fil-A, a couple of internet opinions aren’t going to stop us.

These are the best Tampa Chick-fil-A stores, ranked:

  • 1. Waters Ave

    Location: 6299 W Waters Ave, Tampa

    Rating: 4.6

    Number of reviews: 5,743

    What people are saying: This location mostly has 4 and 5 star reviews. Many have commented that it’s the BEST Chick-fil-A in the area. Most of the glowing reviews are about their Christmas lights display during the holidays. Which, if you’ve never seen it, you should check it out! They deck out the entire location in lights!

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  • 2. E. Brandon/Valrico

    Location: 1504 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon

    Rating: 4.6

    Number of reviews: 3,588

    What most people are saying: Super clean place plus fast and friendly service. If there is a negative review, the store owner has responded and tried to correct it!

    Chick-fil-a Sandwich


  • 3. Temple Terrace

    Location: 5302 E Fowler Ave, Temple Terrace

    Rating: 4.5

    Number of reviews: 5,103

    What people are saying: This location seems to have some constant problems, but the staff is normally kind enough to quickly correct them.

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  • 4. North Dale Mabry

    Location: 15801 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Carrollwood

    Rating: 4.5

    Number of reviews: 2,772

    What people are saying: Most people say that food and customer service is good. People are mainly complaining about the way the drive-thru is set up.

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  • 5. Lake Brandon Village

    Location: 11325 Causeway Blvd, Brandon

    Rating: 4.4

    Number of reviews: 3,904

    What people are saying: Most experiences are good but some are disappointing. People say the staff is nice but they often get orders wrong or incomplete.

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  • 6. South Dale Mabry

    Location: 609 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

    Rating: 4.3

    Number of reviews: 2,928

    What people are saying: There are a few bad reviews among hundreds of good ones. Most people are saying that the staff here is very friendly and the restaurant runs really well.

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  • 7. Gandy Blvd

    Location: 3678 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa

    Rating: 4.3

    Number of reviews: 2,637

    What people are saying: We noticed that in the past 8 months this location has gotten some pretty bad reviews based off of incorrect orders. However, the store owner has responded to all of the bad reviews and has offered to make it right. They even asked for the person’s Chick-fil-A app username so maybe they can send them a reward.

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  • 8. Uptown District

    Location: 2811 E Fowler Ave, Tampa

    Rating: 4.2

    Number of reviews: 2,522

    What people are saying: Little complaints on food quality but most people express their dissatisfaction with the drive-thru line.

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  • 9. West Hillsborough

    Location: 8465 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa

    Rating: 4.2

    Number of reviews: 174 (this is a brand new location so that’s why there aren’t as many reviews as other locations).

    What people are saying: It seemed like the new location was working through some kinks but have since upped their speed. Some complaints mention the online orders aren’t accurate.

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  • 10. Tampa Stadium

    Address: 2551 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

    Rating: 3.8

    Number of reviews: 2,959

    What people are saying: A lot of complaints state that this store is usually understaffed and the drive-thru takes “forever”. However we did notice that the store owner responds to most of the complaints and tries to offer a solution, which is nice.

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