US fast food chain with ‘unreal’ chicken sandwiches to open 60 restaurants across UK

Food from Dave's Hot Chicken, including fries, sliders, and chicken tenders

The chain has a major cult following in the US. (Picture: DavesHotChicken)

Roll up, roll up fried chicken fans, as there’s about to be a new fast food joint serving up your favourite snack — and it’s got a serious cult following over in the US.

Dave’s Hot Chicken started in East Hollywood back in 2017, when four friends who loved chicken tenders scraped together enough money ($900) to buy a fryer and launch a pop-up business in a car park. 

They began serving Nashville-style hot chicken and soon people were flocking to get a taste, with Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, and Usher all being counted amongst the brand’s biggest fans, and investing in the company. 

The business was recently named America’s Fastest growing Restaurant chain, as it now has 200 restaurants across America.

But don’t panic if you feel like you’re missing out on something special, as the chain has just signed an agreement with Azzurri Group in the UK to open 60 sites across the country.

Samuel L. Jackson is an investor in the chain. (Picture: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM)

Azzurri currently operates several big name brands in the UK, including Zizzi, ASK Italian, Coco di Mama, and Boojum.

The full list of Dave’s locations haven’t been confirmed yet, but the first branch is set to open in London in early 2025. 

Interestingly, there are just two chicken items on the menu — tenders and sliders (sandwiches) — as well as a range of sides including fries, cheese fries, mac & cheese, and kale slaw. You can also order combinations of these to make for a bigger meal. 

Customers can personalise their order by selecting a spice level for the dish, from no heat at all, through to the ‘Reaper’ which is so hot you have to sign a waiver before you’re allowed to eat it.

You have to sign a waiver to try the Reaper spice. (Picture: DavesHotChicken)

Fans online have praised the food, with users on X (formerly Twitter) hailing it as ‘unreal’, ‘insane’, ‘amazing’ and a 10/10.

@steakshapiro posted: ‘Just found the most insane chicken sandwich. I had heard rumours about it. Can’t even believe it. Dave’s Hot Chicken. UNREAL!!’

While @RevCiancio said: ‘Dave’s Hot Chicken has some of the best hot chicken fingers and sandwiches ever. They are super tasty, extra crispy and extremely spicy.’

And @vveoko was quick to proclaim it the ‘best fast food chicken out there’, saying: ‘There’s no competition, fries are also hella good.’

Breaking News.
Breaking News.
Just found the most insane chicken sandwich. I had heard rumors about it. Can’t even believe it. Dave’s Hot Chicken.
UNREAL!!! @hotchickendaves

— steakshapiro (@steakshapiro) July 3, 2023

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Source:: Metro


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