Major Dave's Chicken

163 N. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, California
Major Dave's Chicken

Besha Rodell

The sandwich from this under-appreciated fried chicken joint that opened last year in Pasadena, distinguishes itself in many ways. First, you can get it hot, as in Nashville hot chicken-style hot (you should). Second, it comes on a crusty, freshly baked bolillo roll. Third, the components that bring it all together are exceedingly fresh and tasty: sweet cherry tomatoes, cole slaw and a house-made buttermilk-chive dressing. It's a four-napkin sandwich that's obviously made with a ton of love and care, and that searingly spicy crust gives it a kick unlike any other.

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