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Popeyes really has the best chicken sandwich

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by Grammarhero, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. WVBaker

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    Police called to Edgewood Popeyes 3 times since Sunday, including employee fight caught on video :doh:

    "With the re-release of their popular chicken sandwich, Popeyes has been a busy place."

    "Unlike Monday night at another Popeyes in Oxon Hill, where a man was stabbed to death, Davis said none of the incidents in Edgewood were directly linked to the chicken sandwich."

    https://www.wmar2news.com/news/regi...nday-including-employee-fight-caught-on-video
     
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    Krispy Kreme jelly donuts and their cream fill donuts are the bomb. Also, there is nothing better than a hot glaze donut from Krispy Kreme in the morning with a cup of coffee. Excellent.
     
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    A bit off topic, but on a recent trip the wife an I were hungry for breakfast in an airport an all we could find was Popeye's. Their chicken breakfast biscuit was very good. Sadly, I later discovered that our local Popeye's does not offer breakfast...
     
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    I was really disappointed in my last Krispy Kreme. It had been easily 10 years since we were close to one, so I looked forward to having one near the airport on Maui. I think they changed their fats just like McDonald's did for their fries when the trans fats were removed. Neither product is as good as it used to be.

    So how spicy is Popeye's spicy chicken sandwich? I don't mind spicy, but I do mind HOT SPICY! I can't do Cajun or "buffalo". Only time I've ever complained to a flight attendant about food (usually I'd just not eat it) was a spicy chicken sandwich served in Business class -- it was lip burning beyond anything I'd ever had; one bite was it. I can't imagine why anyone thought that was suitable airline fare. ETA Popye's just opened near us -- what else is good?
     
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    I walked into Popeye's for lunch and thought it must be National Fried Chicken Day or something. Tuesdays are always busy with the 2 pc Special, and 6-8 people ahead of me. Today I was the 16th person in line. After 7-8 minutes with no movement of the line, I bailed for the drive-through. Between the time I walked out and pulled into the drive-through line, 3 cars beat me to it. Another 6 minutes and three more cars lined up on the street behind me. After another 4 minutes with no line movement, I decided to completely bail and come back later.

    2 hours later, there were still cars lined-up four deep on the street, plus another four cars just to get to the Place Order sign. Inside there were only 9 people in line, so I gave it another try. 15 minutes later, I walked out with my order.

    I have to say the chicken sandwich was one of the better ones I have had. I think it is the buttery bun that sets it apart. The sandwiches are premade and packed in a foil pouch. My chicken was neither crispy nor soggy. The regular chicken pieces were as crunchy as ever.

    I like Wendy's Chicken Club sandwich, except for the bland bun. Now when I want a chicken sandwich, I will order a Popeye's Classic without pickles or mayo, then drive to the Wendy's not far away and order a Chicken Club sandwich. Back home, I will discard the Wendy's bun, wrap the contents in the Popeye's bun, and save the Popeye's chicken filet for another meal, maybe chicken filet in homemade mushroom sauce.

    I was lured into a Chick-fil-a a couple of years ago with a coupon. I did not like the flavor of the marinated chicken, so I have not been back. Now may be the time to sample the breaded chicken sandwich and compare it to my some-assembly-required Popeye's/Wendy's home made version.
     
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    The "spicy" comes from their mayo. It appears the actual chicken filet is the same in both the mild and spicy versions. It is not lip burning.

    For sides I like their mashed potatoes & gravy and their red beans & rice.
     
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    It’s not that spicy.
     
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    That is way too much work for just a fused Popeyes or Wendy’s sandwich.
     
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    Really the "best" chicken sandwich is one I make at home.
     
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    I haven't tried the Popeyes sandwich yet, but I do like their chicken and biscuits. Mostly though, I love their red beans and rice! I will have to try their sandwich after the lines get shorter.
     
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    After careful research mere moments ago, I can echo some of the same sentiments as Controller1. I think the filet (and breading) is similar on the regular and spicy version as well.
    Some other observations FWIW:
    • Cost: Popeye's chicken sandwiches are about $0.40 more per sandwich than Chick Fil A's versions.
    • The size of both sandwiches seem similar, but I think the Popeye's filets were a bit plumper.
    • The breading on the outside of Popeye's chicken filet was good while the sandwich was hot and fresh but after a bit seemed to lose a bit of taste after a bit. To be fair, I tend to sense this same sort of phenomena with Chick Fil A as well.
    • The pickles on the Popeye's sandwich were indeed better - much like a Claussen pickle (not that thick but similar in taste and appearance). This helped the Popeye's sandwiches considerably as a good pickle on a sandwich is a taste climax!
    • The mayo and spicy mayo sauce from Popeye's does lack the variety and combination potential the sauces of Chick Fil A offer.
    Conclusion? If it is meal time and I am in the area of either establishment and my meal requires only the sandwich, I might tend toward Popeye's but if my meal needs a drink, the tea at Chick Fil A is consistently good and as a tea drinker, this is important.

    I would not say no to either choice.....both very good and tasty.
     
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    After reading all these comments in the most recent food war of CfA vs P, I laugh---both at myself and at our culture.

    But simultaneously I have also come to this basic conclusion about it all----Isn't FOOD great???

    For some crazy reason, I enjoy it more and more as time passes, and find that I've become far more discriminating
    than when I was younger. Dining out has become a special occasion, and not to be taken lightly or without
    contemplation and planning, even when discussing such a thing as a chicken sandwich.

    It's not a be-all or end-all regarding life issues, but it's enough to learn that "simple things can matter".
    Maybe that's why I took on the personal calling of doing a Hilton Head Dining Guide, of all things!
    Who more unqualified, but willing, than I?
    I'm learning, but it's made my life more enjoyable in the process, and at the same time opened my eyes
    to so much more than I ever thought.
    My wife thinks so, and she now benefits from the amazing meals we enjoy together because of it.
    Not to mention the occasional helping of guests and fellow travelers in a significant way, in a place we love so much.
    It's expanded to Boston and Charleston now, where we frequently travel also.

    Regarding any dining experience itself, it becomes apparent that it can be enhanced by table location, food preparation
    and presentation, value, and even service---so all that becomes necessary to discuss......
    but finally, it's truly all about TASTE.

    A good meal can be very satisfying, even contributing to an overall favorable impression of a certain travel destination,
    since we're all about travel.
    And, in the same vein, an evening out together can become very gratifying because of shared time with a spouse or with friends.
    It's a wonderful thing.

    Popeye's or Chick-fil-A????
    Who cares, really?
    They're both good, and on any given day, I'm a fan of both---- and, given the great product that both offer,
    I will be content not to judge too harshly, but simply in the end to enjoy the moment.
    "Good" matters in all things, I suppose, so let's start from there---it has to be good.
    The special part, which should never be forgotten,
    is that looking across the table and sharing time with someone you care about,
    and who matters, is also a worthy pursuit.
    "Date nights" go a long, long way.
     
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    I agree. Love their fried chicken too!
     
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    If it makes any difference, the now-deceased TV star Anthony Bourdain once plugged Popeye's, saying on the air
    in an interview that whenever he arrived at a destination and was hungry, prior to doing his food, chef,
    & restaurant-related duties, he would head straight for Popeye's. He admitted that he loved it, actually craved it.

    That sounded pretty impressive to me, so for the many months I put off trying Popeye's, I kept reminding myself
    that if Bourdain loved it, maybe I would too. This week I finally stood in line to satisfy the current cultural curiosity
    that Popeye's has become. And it was very good. Different but very good.
    So I cannot dismiss it for not being a great sandwich, as advertised.

    Addendum 11-7-19:
    I need to try the Spicy sandwich next. Have a feeling it'll be even better.
    One thing I'll add is that the Popeye's sandwich is very large....big crispy piece of chicken, and the bun is also large. Could be good, could be bad, depending.
    Not necessarily an indictment to have a large wonderful sandwich, as it doesn't speak to the quality or the taste, but for logistics and for me personally,
    maybe it is.

    The down side of that is, it's not an easy sandwich to eat. You MUST eat it
    with two hands, guaranteed, and for me, that's sometimes difficult because
    I will order a sandwich in the drive-thru for lunch and take off driving. And when you see that sandwich in front of you, you have to come up with
    a plan of attack, LOL.... Sort of like the Whopper from Burger King.

    So, the Chick-fil-A sandwich is slightly smaller and can easily be handled with one hand. For me, that's better. So many factors to consider, but given the taste, size, etc of the C-f-A sandwich, it'll probably remain my 1st choice, and for the silly factor of size.
     
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    For many decades I loved KFC, until I discovered Popeyes. Popeyes fried chicken is much less oily then KFC's. BTW, I tear off as much skin and breading as I can when I eat fried chicken. Still, Popeyes is better.
     
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    OK, this thread convinced me to try Popeyes today. I was in the next town which has one. I went at noon. Drive through had a line, but I walked inside right up to the counter. Got the spicy chicken sandwich (690 calories, yikes)! It was delicious. Just the right amount of spice. Huge piece of chicken. Soft bun. Definitely filled me up. Sat at a table in the near empty restaurant, and finished a book.
     
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    I'm going to try it once the hoopla dies down. I used to love Popeye's but our local outlet has always disappointed me.
     
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    Did you have them fresh and hot? I rarely have them but when I do, that hot light has to be on. Melt in your mouth goodness!
     
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    It is best to eat them hot fresh baked and hot fresh glazed. Then they just melt in your mouth. It is very easy though unwise to eat a dozen. When you are at home and have some left over put them in the Microwave for 8 seconds. Almost as good as fresh.
     
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    Well I tried it and was underwhelmed.

    First off, they cannot execute the recipe. Ordered two sandwiches, one spicy and one normal. Neither had any dressing and only one sandwich had a single slice of pickle.

    I was a nice juicy piece of chicken and the bun was ok.

    Popeye's needs to work on their process. It looks like it is not scalable.

    I have been through the lunch rush at Chick Fil A. During the lunch rush they have three people going through the line with portable terminals getting orders and accepting payment. I don't know how they keep it straight, but they do. The window now just has to deliver the product ... Smart.

    We have a Whataburger that stacks up cars for the dinner rush. They take the order and stage the car in one if 3 overflow positions, take payment and proceed in an orderly fashion. At breakfast and lunch cars are wrapped around the building.

    When we went to Popeyes, it was at ~8:00 PM and there were about 4-5 cars in the line. It took us 30 minutes to get through the line. Popeyes needs to step it up on delivery and quality.
     
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    The popularity of Popeyes chicken sandwiches is now a Saturday night live sketch - (but SNL is past my bedtime)

    chick12-09-29.jpg
     
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    I have never had it. I have never had Chick-fil-a either.

    We are not normally fast food/fried food eaters. i will have to give it a try someday.

    Is it all about the butter/crispy coating? Or is the chicken actually delicious?
     
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    Hmmm, we'll never tell.....you just have to try them to see. Worth trying, that's all I will say.

    Chick-fil-A is good enough, or I should say great enough, that it changed our habits
    prior to EVERY trip out of town (when we drive).

    We either pick up chicken biscuits if we leave in early a.m.(OMG), or chicken sandwiches if we leave
    around lunchtime.
    We crave them both, and are firmly stuck on that "tradition". And we always leave on our trip very happy.
    Did just that on a trip to Charleston this past weekend.

    The biscuits are akin to homemade ones--- fresh, hot, fluffy, & buttery good and almost falling apart, and the chicken
    is tender and perfectly spiced. And the sandwiches, albeit different, are simply delicious in every way.
    Good luck (and "You're Welcome").
     
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