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Review: Dave's Hot Chicken satisfies

Dave's Hot Chicken

Dave's Hot Chicken is located at 194 Albert St. in downtown East Lansing.  Photo by Michael Leek

Michael Leek

Four and a Half out of Five Stars

By Michael Leek
Sports Editor

I had the opportunity to try Dave’s Hot Chicken, which recently opened in East Lansing, and I can say that it is easily one of my favorite places to eat in East Lansing.

Located at 194 Albert St., Dave’s Hot Chicken is a restaurant where you can get chicken tenders or sliders in a variety of different spice levels.

When I first walked in, I found a line of people waiting to order food. Despite the line being to the door, it was not a long wait to put an order in for my food.

It is not a big location, so it may be difficult to find a table sometimes. My friends and I were lucky enough to snag a table that just opened up.

The overall atmosphere of the place was very fitting of a college campus such as East Lansing. It has vibrant colors on the inside and a nice playlist of music with a mix of older and newer songs.

Dave’s has a straightforward menu. The food choices are limited to chicken tenders or chicken sliders. Where the variety comes in is the choice between how hot you want your chicken to be.

You can pick from no spice, lite mild, mild, medium, hot, extra hot and reaper. The food gets pretty spicy fast, so if you do not have a palette for spicy foods I would recommend sticking to the mild.

Options for sides are mac-n-cheese, fries, cheese fries or kale slaw.

I ordered two sliders, one with mild spice and one with medium, a side of fries and a fountain drink. You can keep the coleslaw or take it off your slider, as well as add a slice of cheese. I did one with each.

All of the food I ordered cost $16.77, excluding the tip.

Now the food itself was absolutely delicious. I do not have a high tolerance for spicy foods, and the medium was perfect for me. It was not so hot that I could not enjoy the food, but hot enough to feel the spice creeping in.

The fries were good as well. They add some type of seasoning to them that gives them extra flavor.

I thought I would have wanted more food because I did not think two sliders were going to be enough to fill me up. But they were not normal sized sliders, and the food was very filling.

If you are someone who likes chicken sliders or tenders then I would recommend this place to you.

I give it four and a half out of five stars. The reason I do not give it five out of five is because it can get pretty pricey, and you have to find a ramp to park in and walk to the restaurant from there. There is no parking on the side of the street in that area.

All in all it was a very enjoyable experience and great food. I will definitely be returning to try the tenders next time.

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