No Debate Here: 12 Great Chicken Sandwiches to Try in Columbia SC
Monday, December 9, 2019 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Are you Team Popeye’s or Team Chick-fil-a? We’re Team Columbia SC all the way and are here to enlighten you on a variety of chicken sandwich offerings found at local establishments all over town.
Tuesdays in Columbia are practically a weekly holiday, because it means Spotted Salamander is serving up one of their speciality fried chicken sandwiches. From buffalo and honey chipotle options to fried chicken covered in pimento cheese and bbq mayo, Fried Chicken Tuesday runs the gamut of all toppings and flavors.
You may not expect to find something called the “Dirty Chicken Sandwich” on the menu of this quaint cafe in Five Points, but there you have it. Blackened chicken is accompanied by pepper jack cheese, jalapeños and a tomato and sweet pepper salsa. Anyone suddenly in need of a glass of water?
Since 1907, the people of Columbia SC have been loyal to Drake’s Duck-In on Main Street. If you’re a traditionalist who doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to accompany your chicken sandwich, then this is the place for you. Just good ‘ol chicken, made simply and made well, on a biscuit, bun or in a wrap.
Ever playful, Bone-In’s Chicken & Waffle Club features beer battered fried chicken, lemon mayo, candied bacon and arugula on a lemon waffle, promising a hearty, yet somehow light, sandwich that’s bursting with flavor.
If it’s spice you seek, you’re sure to find it on Bourbon’s Cajun-Creole menu. Their Viet-Cajun Fried Chicken Sandwich is no exception, boasting pickled cucumber, radish, carrots and jalapeños, a soy-honey glaze, sesame ginger mayo and cilantro on a brioche bun.
Northern and Southern cuisine come together at River Rat Brewery with their Pimento Chicken Philly. Yes, you read that right. Pimento. Chicken. Philly. House-made pimento cheese melts over a medley of brined chicken, green peppers and onions on a hoagie roll. ‘Tis a thing of beauty.
Prepare to be amazed, for the the Fried “Chicken” Sandwich that makes special appearances at the A Peace of Soul food truck is entirely vegan. Crisped to perfection, the sandwich comes with a thick slice of tomato, lettuce, pickles and a special sauce and we can confidently say you won’t miss the real thing at all.
Satisfy your Mediterranean cravings without going heavy on the lamb by opting for a Chicken Gyro from Al-Amir’s NoMa Bistro Mediterranean Grill instead. Lettuce, tomato, onions, feta and tzatziki are tucked inside a toasty warm pita that’s sure to make your stomach happy.
The Chicken Parm Sandwich is just one of the many delicioso Italian eats on the menu at Za’s on Devine. Breaded and pan-seared chicken breast is nestled onto a toasted Amoroso hoagie roll and topped with mozzarella, pickle slices and pepperoncini. Talk about a comfort meal.
Quite possibly the most famous chicken salad in town can be found at The Gourmet Shop in Five Points. In fact, it’s literally named “Our Famous Chicken Salad” on the menu. Enjoy it on a warm croissant and topped with lettuce and tomato for a lunch that’ll have you coming back for more (and taking pints of chicken salad home with you!).
Cozy up at BLD Diner in Trenholm Plaza with an Open Face Hot Chicken sandwich. Buttermilk fried chicken is prepared with an herb and pepper blend, then piled high with green tomato slaw, banana peppers and buttermilk dressing, all atop a thick slice of Texas Toast. Utensils necessary.
We would be remiss in not including a breakfast option. Enter Bubba’s Biscuit. See if you have what it takes to tackle the Bubbas Sweet Heat - a towering colossus of a sandwich that stars a tossed honey and sriracha fried chicken breast paired with pickles, an egg over easy, pimento cheese and a kiss of honey drizzled over the whole thing. Go ahead and plan for a nap afterward.