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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Hot Chicken Takeover

614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Hot Chicken Takeover

Mike Thomas

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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