May 12, 2021


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Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich, new to the Rooster Sandwich Wars

Illustration for article titled Zaxby’s joins the fried chicken wars, loaded with ammunition and special sauce

Picture: Aimee Levitt

Pleasurable as existence in Takeout-land is, often I want a crack. I have to have to get away from my desk. I require a perspective out the window that is not the entrance courtyard of my constructing. So very last 7 days I hopped in the automobile and headed south. Shortly the Chicago skyline was in the rearview mirror, and then the flatness of Indiana gave way to the hills of Kentucky. Hills! You have no strategy how thrilling hills are to an individual who’s invested the earlier 14 months in Illinois.

By dinnertime, we’d achieved Franklin, Kentucky, suitable on the Tennessee border. There have been a great deal of meals solutions and my partner Jeff and I started out weighing our alternatives (translation: arguing), but then we noticed a indication for the Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich and all bets were off. Even even though I was on holiday vacation, I felt a moral essential to take in however a further chicken sandwich. SIGH.

Zaxby’s exists only below the Maxon-Dixon line and in Indiana and Utah. Until eventually recently, it served only hen wings and fingers in a special sauce. Southern expats are quite devoted to it. (Circumstance in level, Jeff’s friend Jason who grew up in Alabama and who obtained quite excited when Jeff DM’d him that he was about the encounter the glory of Zaxby’s for the initial time.) The chicken sandwich is a model-new innovation, launched nationwide very last thirty day period and encouraged by guess who?

Not like all the other rapid food items joints, while, Zaxby’s has resolved to forge its individual route with the chicken sandwich. Yes, it uses breast meat. Yes, there is a toasted bun (potato somewhat than brioche), and sure, there are pickles. But as an alternative of mayo, Zaxby’s slathers the bun with its signature Zax Sauce. Zax Sauce resembles other salmon-coloured rapid foods sauces, but it is fewer sweet than McDonald’s Special Sauce and much less creamy than Raising Cane’s Cane’s Sauce. It comes in both basic and spicy.

Probably it was because I was ingesting the sandwich on-website so it did not have a opportunity to get smushed or soggy, but the Zaxby’s chicken sandwich seemed like the adverts. The bun stood up to the toppings, and the breading on the hen was nevertheless crisp and hadn’t but dissolved into greasiness. Inside, the chicken was juicy. Even when I was near the finish, I could nevertheless hear a crunch as I little bit down. (You should indulge me. I’ve been taking in takeout for a calendar year, and fried foodstuff does not journey nicely.) Truly, it was a gorgeous rooster sandwich.

There was just 1 untrue notice, and that was the Zax Sauce. I’d gotten the original, not the spicy, and I regret to report that it didn’t have the cooling effect of the mayonnaise on the other chicken sandwiches. There wasn’t more than enough of a distinction in between the sauce and the saltiness of the rooster.

Continue to, the Signature Rooster Sandwich brought me joy. It is an exceptional illustration of its sort, second only to Popeyes. It feels like nitpicking to criticize it for daring to be different and make alone stand out from all the other chicken sandwiches out there. But I’m accomplishing it anyway.

But now I question, in the words of my Instagram pal @mokie.okie, “Oh when will this wretched war finish, so the boys can appear home?”