Maybe it’s just me, but I’m always a little freaked out by the supersized chicken wings that come in the meal plans from fried chicken fast food chains. Where do they find chickens with parts that big? And I’m also a little weirded out that the order is ready so quickly after I order it that it is like the kitchen staff has read my mind. So as a general rule I tend to avoid the major chains and head to someplace like Roscoe’s, where I know a little more love has to be going into the fried chicken. And until recently I thought that Roscoe’s was the only fried chicken place in town. But it turns out that Pasadena has quietly welcomed another chicken joint into town, Major Dave’s Chicken.
Major Dave’s Chicken isn’t exactly filled with ambiance, the store looks like any other counter-style fast food joint. The difference is in the attention to detail and quality of the chicken—which is what really counts. Unlike the famous chicken chains, Major Dave’s Chicken promises that your chicken is ethically raised without added hormones, antibiotics, or GMO feeds, and never frozen. So yes, the price for a meal deal is a little higher than at other places. The other way that Major Dave’s Chicken is different is that they make the chicken to order, so that it is fresh out of the fryer. This means that some customers have found themselves waiting longer than expected, but Major Dave’s has told impatient Yelpers that they try to keep the wait less than 15 minutes—or you can order before you arrive.
And while the main menu is limited to just fried chicken, with the option of original or spicy, it’s the sides that really make Major Dave’s Chicken different from the rest. Along with the more standard fixin’s of coleslaw, baked beans and mac n’ cheese (topped with a bacon slab), there’s variations of corn salads, a trendy kale salad, a creamy cauliflower dish and brussel sprouts. Nothing is completely traditional, but fans seem to love everything—even making a meal out of sides if you happen to be of the vegetarian persuasion.
Whether you dig fried chicken hot or cold, Major Dave’s Chicken is definitely worth checking out.
Major Dave’s Chicken 163 N. Hill Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106 Ph: (626) 460-8730 http://www.majordaveschicken.com