Chicken Express is a new business, operating out of a canary yellow mobile vending cart on the patio in front of the City of Clemson Codes and Planning Administration building at 365 College Avenue, offering fresh, not pre-cooked, chicken dishes, all for $5.05, plus tax. Served either over rice or in a flatbread wrap with vegetables, the menu offers chicken tikka, cajun chicken, and chicken souvlaki, "an international selection," says owner Mohamed Salim Lahkpatwala. Iced soft drinks are available.
All food is prepared fresh, including the sauces. "Tiger sauce", a slightly spicy white sauce with an orange cast from the natural color of the pepper seasoning, is served on the side of dishes.
The owner, a native of India, learned to cook at his mother's knee from the age of eight. "I stirred the sauces," he said, laughing, "and I love to cook." He has spent many years in high-end restaurants including Marriott International, and has served as a wine sommalier. After a less-than-successful stint operating a carry-out in New Jersey, he relocated to the Upstate to open Chicken Express. A family business, he operates it with his wife.
Operating hours are 11 a.m. to between 9 and 10 p.m.
365 College Avenue
Clemson, South Carolina 29631