A lot of people like to say that “quality over quantity” is a good thing, but those people have probably never had the huge quarter-pound sandwich at Jack’s Chicken Shack (a new pop-up at the SLU location of Jack’s BBQ). This is the poster child for quality and quantity, with crispy-battered chicken that’s moist and delicious thanks to a buttermilk brine, a toasty brioche roll, homemade pickles, and coleslaw. But the best part about this sandwich is their “kickin” sauce, which tastes like a beautiful cross between sticky, sweet BBQ and a kind-of-spicy General Tso’s. The whole thing comes with fries, and you should absolutely order copious amounts of smoked honey mustard and roasted garlic ranch for dipping.
If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, Jack’s also sells tender baskets, a chopped salad (completely covered with cubed crispy chicken), and side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread, and queso mac and cheese. But we highly suggest you being in the mood for a sandwich.