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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Hot Chicken Takeover

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First came the 614NOW Donut Trail. Then, there was the Mac & Cheese Trail. Now, 614NOW is on the hunt for the best fried chicken this city has to offer. Welcome to the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail!

Hot Chicken Takeover

Multiple locations

Man, fourth of July weekend was HOT. The few minutes I spent walking to the pristine waters of my private pool each day during my four (4) day weekend were almost unbearable!

All humblebrags aside, this was the kind of weekend 100 SPF was made for. And speaking of keeping it 100, Saturday also happened to be a very important holiday: National Fried Chicken Day.

In recognition of this most auspicious occasion, this edition of the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail takes me to the only chicken spot in town that scoffs at the number on the thermometer: Hot Chicken Takeover.

Would you just look at it?

To paraphrase the great Alicia Keys, some people search for the fountain that promises “forever young.” Some people search for killer fried chicken that excels in every possible way. I swear she said something like that.

Thankfully, I am not one of the people who would fall into the latter category, because I have had Fried Chicken Takeover.

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If you’ve somehow managed to avoid eating this stuff in its five years of existence, I sincerely pity you, but here’s the deal: HCT is fresh, juicy, all-natural chicken encased in an impossibly crispy, spicy, addictive outer coating that is roaring with flavor – not just heat.

This guy gets it

That’s not to say the heat isn’t there. For spicy food fans, the “Hot” chicken here is more than adequate to scratch your itch. One step up the ladder, HTC’s “Holy” might just send you on a vision quest worthy of the legendary Guatemalan insanity pepper (space coyote included!)

Wings. Drumsticks. Heaping sandwiches. However you like your chicken, it’s all there and it’s all incredible. Whatever magic happens in that kitchen, I’m pretty sure they could fry up an old tire and it would turn out delicious. And don’t get me started on the sides (seriously – that’s another trail altogether).

Ratings:
Aroma:🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5 drumsticks)
Flavor: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Seasoning: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Crispiness: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Overall Experience: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)

With quality chicken, crispy crispy crisp bits, and heat-induced temporary insanity, it’s no wonder Hot Chicken Takeover is the first to score a perfect 25 out of 25 drumsticks on our scale. But will it be the last…?

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Five places to snag a donut today

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Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist

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Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday

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Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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