Every day, one or two food trucks park outside of Nationwide on High Street in downtown Columbus, ready for the lunch rush to hit. Last year, one popped up with the name Kickin Chicken Mobile. I didn’t think much of it and passed by many days on my daily lunch walks. Every day, though, there would be a dancing ‘chicken’ next to the truck to draw attention, and every day my curiosity would grow, my desire to try them out increasing. One day, I decided to give them a taste…
…and an addiction was born.
Twice a week, I would go for a pile of their chicken tenders, also known as ‘wangz’, paired with buffalo sauce. Some days, I would eat them plain, because let me tell you, they are just that good. The meat is the most tender and moist that I have had in any chicken…ever, and the special coating is out of this world incredibly good.
After several months of making that my lunch twice a week, I got the news in September that they would no longer be parking outside of Nationwide during lunch. It’s sad to say, but that kind of ruined my week. What was I going to do for lunch how? Have cafeteria food? (Ick!). Or worse yet, pack a mediocre sandwich from home?
Kickin Chicken did reappear around town during those bleak months, but nothing close to work or home. All I could do was hope that one day, I would be in the area that they were in, and could have my chicken addiction once more.
Not long ago, I received the notification on the Kickin Chicken Mobile Facebook page that they would be back downtown, outside of Nationwide, parked along High Street. Excited doesn’t even describe what I felt. I marked the day on my calendar, and right on the dot of 11, my husband and I lined up, ready to go. By 11:05, there were 20 people in line. Kickin Chicken had been missed, and people were eager to have them back.
We asked the owner, Michael, if they are going to be back permanently, and he informed us that they will be back at least once a week…and we have been standing in line nearly every time we see his truck. The pile of wangz is just as good as I remember, the long eight months without my go-to lunch now forgotten. I recently tried the salad as well. The combination of the chicken and buffalo sauce on top of a pile of lettuce and cheese also makes for a lunch that causes my mouth to water just thinking about it. I really should try a wrap one of these weeks too, because I hear from other Kickin Chicken addicts that they are just as delicious.
If you are ever in the area of where they are going to be, I definitely recommend stopping by…or even making a special trip just for it. I promise you will not be disappointed. Because I so strongly encourage everybody to try them out, I am putting a link to their schedule here…
…or, if you’ve already tried them out, what do you think?
On a five star scale, Kickin Chicken Mobile is off the charts a solid 5.