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Chick-Fil-A's Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Dude Factor: 10, or Foghorn Leghorn, on a scale of 1 (Camilla), to 10.

A few weeks back it came to our attention that Chick-Fil-A was taking reservations for free VIP samples of its new spicy chicken sandwich, a fact that sent waves of euphoria through the Dallas Observer newsroom. Dates were set, reservations were made and finally, last Friday, the moment of truth arrived.

Unfortunately, upon arriving at the Chick-Fil-A by SMU, we were greeted by a line of Six Flags proportions. Just when it looked like we were gonna have to wait half an hour for our spicy sandwich -- not that we couldn't have done it; after all, we've been waiting years for this thing -- a manager walked by with a tray topped by some sort of red-confetti-spewing centerpiece, calling for all spicy chicken VIPS to join him in a new, much shorter VIP line. Score.

Now, we definitely have our reservations about Chick-Fil-A . Sure, it's not open on Sundays. And sure, it feels a little like a youth group meeting up in there. Whatever. Sometimes you have to set your differences aside when fried chicken enters the picture. And Chick-Fil-A makes some damn good chicken.

Sitting down to enjoy our first spicy chicken sandwiches, the gravity of the moment overcame us, and we took a moment to take photographs, so that we might show our children one day.

Finally, it was time to bite.

We raised our sandwiches, dug in our teeth and let out a collective "damn!" before collectively pontificating for a good ten minutes about its greatness, all the while trying not to cuss in a room full of screaming infants (presumably screaming because their parents hadn't made spicy reservations).

Now, we wouldn't say the spicy is better than Chick Fil-A's original chicken sandwich, but it's certainly it's equal, with a crispier batter and a lingering, building heat that pairs nicely with a tiny vat of buttermilk ranch (you can also add pepperjack cheese). And the thing's actually hot. Not Fuel City hot, but hot. Imagine if Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich were better in every way and you've pretty much got the idea.

It's available to the general public now, so there's no reason you can't go see for yourself. Go have a taste and pay your respects to the research and development team that somehow took years to develop a spicy chicken sandwich. That type of procrastination is the mark of true Dudeness.

 And if you have some sort of issue with Chick-Fil-A's policies, you can stage a tiny revolt by making the same order we made on our return visit yesterday -- a spicy sandwich combo with a large sweet tea -- which comes out to $6.66.