The Shack is back

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack got back in business with a fiery bang last night when owner Rocky Lindsley and staff opened the doors of the new Patton Avenue location to allow friends and family a sneak peak. The original Arden location gained a huge cult following, and this current incarnation stands poised to be even more successful. For starters, the new Shack boasts housemade sides and a half-dozen beers on tap to help cool down customers devouring the sinus-searing chicken that’s made Lindsley a local underground celebrity. The new and improved sides include Southern standbys like homemade mac-and-cheese, fried okra, collards and slaw.

What else did we discover? Rocky’s fried chicken packs as strong a punch as it ever did. Sure, you may order extra-mild … but what’s the fun in that?

This reporter tried the hotter-than-hot “Mount St. Hell No” chicken wings, the fieriest of the offerings that Rocky turns out of his greatly expanded new kitchen space. It’s a mind-blowing experience for sure, and not recommended for the meek.

I promised my dining companions that I wouldn’t embarrass them in a public forum, but let’s just say that both of the men I dined with had to leave the table on more than one occasion to take a breather.

On your first Rocky’s experience, we highly recommend that you start with something a little less taste-bud blasting. And be sure to take advantage of the “antidote” — the old-school Pet ice cream sandwiches Rocky’s supplies will become your best friend. Fast.

Rocky’s is located at 1445 Patton Ave. For more information, visit

Photos by Toby Maurer. Music by The Underscore Orkestra via Busk Break.


5 thoughts on “The Shack is back

  1. Ken Hanke

    I will say that this is high on the list of photos unlikely to entice me to eat there.

  2. francois Manavit

    The picture of the guy (with blue eyes) eating a piece of meat , with a little bit of flesh in his mouth looks like a cannibal taken in the act ! awful marketing strategy !!!

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