A Chain with Small Town Charm
November 5, 2013
Did you know the idea of Zaxby’s started on a basketball court? Two childhood friends in Statesboro, Georgia wanted chicken that was “fresh and zesty” and wings that were like those where they went to college. Plus, they wanted a place with personality. Thus, we have Zaxby’s, started in 1990, and franchised in 1994.
2006, after serving Oxford, Zaxby’s wanted to open another location in Anniston. A hard worker since starting as a cashier in high school, moving on to be a cook and manager, Joanna Thompson was asked if she wanted to be the General Manager of the new Anniston location. “I love the company; they’re great to work for.” Joanna, from Anniston, attended Alexandria High School, and many of the staff are JSU students or from the Tri-County Outreach.
When you ask the staff what they like to eat at Zaxby’s, Joanna says “most eat Nibblers, adding bacon and cheese,” but she likes “the Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich, with its blend of hot sauce and ranch.” “The boneless wings are pretty amazing too. I always get teriyaki, and it’s pretty fabulous,” says Joanna. She made me try the Kickin’ Chicken Sandwich, and I must say it is messy but good.
“At Zaxby’s, we try to be as involved in the community as possible, with schools and churches, focusing on the clubs like FCCLA and Golf, that don’t get all the attention,” says Joanna. “In Calhoun County, we have a variety in our restaurants. There’s everything. It doesn’t feel like a big city, but we have everything like Birmingham and Atlanta, without the traffic.”
As you see, Zaxby’s menu is more than just Chicken Fingers; it’s salads, sandwiches, wings, and even a kid’s menu Grilled Cheese. By the way, the milkshakes, especially the Banana Pudding, are terrific too.