The Hay Merchant is known for craft beer and even craftier fare, serving everything from sweet and spicy pig ears and gochujang-spiced chicken wings to a plate of taco-meat-smothered nacho fries that is kind of like something you'd come up with in college when you were drunk, only with way better ingredients.
So when the brewhouse started serving a chicken parmesan sandwich this summer, it seemed just a little too...ordinary.
Of course, this being The Hay Merchant, the sandwich is nothing like the sub you'd get from your local pizzeria.
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For starters, it is HUGE. Too often, you wind up with a little bit of chicken and a whole lotta bread. Here, rather than thin cutlets, it seems like the kitchen decided to serve up half the bird.
A plump, juicy chicken breast -- clearly the star of the show -- gets an ultra crisp coating through a swim in the deep fryer. That crisp remains even after the chicken gets smothered with its co-stars -- a slightly sweet, chunky marinara and plenty of provolone cheese.
And since these guys don't do ordinary, they throw in some house pepperoni "chips." The crunchy, salty disks of salumi add just a little bit of jazz.
The whole affair gets packed into a chubby, crusty roll and served alongside the fresh, hand-cut fries. The Hay Merchant wouldn't have it any other way.