Hot Chicken Takeover

4203 N High St Columbus

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Hot Chicken Takeover

Hot Chicken Takeover is more than a restaurant. It's more than mind-numbingly hot, utterly delicious fried chicken. It's a full-blown social entrepreneurship success story. See, Hot Chicken Takeover has been featured everywhere from The Today Show to Food & Wine magazine because it employs folks from all walks of life. Learn more about its fair chance employment policies (and, importantly, the chicken) in this video from ideastream.

Based on Hot Chicken Takeover's wild success, maybe more people should copy them. What started as a pop-up restaurant in 2015 has grown to three spacious locations perfect for sweating your head off. The menu here is nothing fancy, but that just means they do what they do well. Plus, do you really need much more in life than fried chicken, mac and cheese, and old-school banana pudding?

Oh, and before you go running away because this chicken is so spicy, you should know: The fried chicken here is great with or without hot sauce. But in the event that you're a chilihead, otherwise known as a hot sauce nerd, you'll be grateful for Hot Chicken Takeover's complimentary ice tea. It comes with every order, sweetened or not. And considering the hottest chicken here is described as "holy," you'll probably need the hydration.

It tastes good, it's good for the community, and it's good for you?
WE WON'T TELL IF YOU DON'T

Not totally sold yet? Let the tweenage host of Dining Dreams allay any fears for you in this delightfully goofy video.

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