If we're purely talking quick and dirty fried chicken, there's an endless amount of fast food stops you could make in town, from all the usual suspects such as KFC or Bojangles to the lesser known, but still commercial brands such as Popeyes. For something a little closer to home though, there's Zestos.
Though not technically a local fixture (there are thirty or so around the US), Zestos is about as close to local as can be since the owners have held Columbia's chain for nearly thirty years. You can find all the classic fast food your heart desires here, including cheeseburgers, fried chicken, salads, milkshakes, crinkle fries, and hotdogs, all served up as if it were still in the 50s.
Despite the large and varied menu, the go-to pick here is definitely the fried chicken. You won't get the feeling of regret while gouging on your pile of Zesto's chicken. Crispy, but without the fat and buttery taste of Bojangles or KFC, and juicy enough to leave your mouth watering for more, this fried chicken will definitely leave you satisfied.
Pro-Tip: If you are looking for a bang for your buck, head over to the Zesto's on Forest Drive. No other place is as generous on the chicken count - you won't regret it.
For sides, the crinkle fries pair well with the star of the show, but leave the coleslaw where it belongs - its completely empty taste will ruin your day. Make sure you swap it out for extra fries at the counter.
The average price with drink will usually leave you above six dollars, but for some fast, quality fried chicken, you'll find few places better then Zesto in this town.
Thanks to Joe C. for the photo this week.