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The Weekender: Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwiches

The Weekender: Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Alyson Strickler-Vazquez

Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Lather it with a great sauce, add some toppings for good measure, and encase it in carbs; I’m in! Talk to any restaurant in Columbus, and they will tell you spicy fried chicken sandwiches are a hot commodity. Whether it’s the perfectly crisp, seasoned breading or the kick from a fiery sauce, one thing is for sure: These spicy fried chicken sandwiches are bringing the heat and the crunch!


High Bank Distillery is everything you want from an after-work happy hour spot: great music, expansive patio, and inspired cocktails made from house-distilled spirits. Raise that with a seasonal menu that doesn’t shy away from creativity, and you’ll know why this is a must-go. High Bank’s spicy chicken sandwich is HUGE and finger-licking! Marinated overnight in a bath of buttermilk, spices, and hot sauce, this colossal sandwich garners crispy crunchies in all the nooks and crannies. This gratifying handheld is finished with Duke’s mayo, house-made bread and butter pickles, and a brioche bun.

Insider tip: get the fry sauce: It’s way better than ketchup.

The Pint Room knows how to execute the staples—including the Buff Chick—their version of a go-to spicy chicken sandwich. Pint Room centers this crowd favorite around its buttermilk fried chicken and ups the ante with its house-made buffalo sauce, Great Lakes Blue Cheese, and buttery brioche bun. A side of their house-made blue cheese dressing is what makes Pint Room a standout—you definitely need a side for dipping.

Insider tip: Pint Room’s fries are top five in Columbusget them!

Meshikou Chikin spends two days brining boneless chicken thighs to create its Pacific Asian-style spicy chicken sandwich. With a noticeably thinner breading, the first bite of well-seasoned chicken proves their expert execution of double-frying works magic and yields a solid crust. The building begins by plunging the fried chicken in Sichuan Nom Nom, layering on pickles and Japanese spicy mayo, and stacking on a brioche bun. The heat and tang from the Sichuan Nom Nom, united with the sweet umami notes from the spicy Japanese mayo, create a mouthful of magic. Meshikou is giving Columbus one of the most well-executed and flavorful spicy chicken sandwiches in the city.

Any of these chicken sandwiches are guaranteed to satisfy your craving. You don’t need permission to indulge this weekend!

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