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Aug 3, 2006 04:15 PM

In praise of my fast food indulgence, Popeye's... this one's for you jupiter and sivyaleah!!

On the recent McDonald's ramblings, several of us waxed poetic about Popeye's fried chicken, specifically making a crispy skin taco! Jupiter admitted to making skin tacos with the crispy skin and filling them with cole slaw! Well, I told my boyfriend about this invention, and it got us started on a Popeye's craving, so we went last night! Had the Spicy Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and the biscuit with butter and honey... so good! My favorite part of the evening... my boyfriend ripped a big piece of crispy skin off his chicken breast handed it over to me and said, "Here, for your skin taco!!" That's love on so many levels!!! :-) Filled it with the mashed potatoes and gravy and yum! You know what else I love about Popeye's? The music! Oh, the sweet music! I don't know if every Popeye's has the same music, but the one by us has Ray Charles and B.B. King and Gladys Knight... it's just wonderful! Just try and stop me from dancing in my seat while eating my skin tacos and listening to Ray Charles!! So, I may not have a huge McDonald's addiction, but I do have a weakness... don't we all?!

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  1. I never really cared for Popeye's. I used to love Bojangles, then they disappeared. Their breading was spicier & better than Popeye's, their biscuits & dirty rice definitely better. I'd say it may have been the only fast food chain I really ever had a weakness for.

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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      Just FYI, Bojangels is around in a lot of states...

      Watch out for the annoying music on the link:

    2. I'll have to try popeyes and other chicken chains! ...kind of sounds gross though...a skin taco.....

      I had a Popeye's FEAST once with a tasting of everything on the menu....good stuff! Liked the chicken and the dirty rice.....

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      1. re: Xericx

        When I was a kid I used to wrap rice and meat in the skin and call it sushi. I still do it, except I don't call it sushi anymore.

      2. This skin taco honestly doesn't sound bad - but it unfortunately reminds me of this outrage that KFC is advertising around here - they take some chicken, throw in some canned corn, put mashed and gravy on top, then some cheese, and call it some kinda bowl. I understand the concept that it all ends up in the same place - but my god, don't people even pretend to have a semblance of a capable and differentiating palate any more? Why not stir the entire mess into a giant plastic tub of coke and drink it all?

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        1. re: applehome

          Oh no, you cannot even compare the skin taco to KFC's puke bowl!!! That's just wrong!

          1. re: applehome

            that's disgusting. and your last line made me laugh out loud.

            however, Popeye's does not do that kind of thing. Popeye's is what fast food was meant to be. Or maybe what it was 30 years ago? I don't know.

            1. re: applehome

              That thing is rather disgusting, isn't it? The picture is enough to give me indigestion for a year.

            2. Popeye's also has AWESOME onion rings! They use real and fresh sliced onions and then the same spicy batter they put on the chicken. And, the rings are always FRESH because they don't cook them until you order them! It's a beautiful little secret in the fast food world! We actually just had an order of them tonight.

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              1. re: DC Gal

                I haven't tried the onion rings... thanks for that tip!

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Warning: not all Popeyes make onion rings. And expect a dirty look when you order them from the ones that do. As DC_Gal indicates, they are made to order, and are always hot and fresh -- probably the best thing on the menu.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                    That is very true! When I got them last week, I even went through the drive thru. I was shocked that they let me sit in line and wait for the rings. I would have been perfectly fine pulling over to the side or something, but the guy never told me to. Instead, I held up the whole line - all for those wonderful onion rings. they're worth it!

                    1. re: DC Gal

                      Does anyone else think that they have changed the onion ring batter in the past 2 years?

              2. Thanks! I just adore Popeyes. When they first opened in NYC, back in, geez was it the early 80's, late 70's? there was only one store on 42nd Street. It was in a HUGE space, with a stained glass ceiling (probably plastic tho). I think the space used to be a theatre. Anyway - my office was across the street pretty much and I went there nearly daily. This was long before anyone knew about cholesterol issues and I was only in my early 20's so who cared, right?

                My dad even bought stock in the company - he loved that chicken too!

                Then they floundered for a long time and started closing up stores. The one on 42nd disappeared, too large and probably too much money to run. Boy I missed my chicken and those wonderful biscuits!

                Thankfully a few stores still managed to hold on in NY - the one on West 34th near Penn Station :-), kind of scary at times to be in, quite a crowd...

                Many years later, they started popping up here and there. I moved out to NJ about 5 years ago and was pleased to discover that there was one in my town! Wow! But of course, by now, it's like 20 years later and middle age has crept up and I can't eat it every day - or even weekly, so my fix is maybe on a monthly basis (ok, maybe a bit more than that, don't tell my doctor). But I still think that they are the ones that "do chicken right". The spicy chicken is perfect every time, always fresh it seems, always crunchy, just the right amount of heat. Great sides, the mac and cheese actually tastes like mac and cheese, not fake like the one at KFC and their biscuits are to die for. And other sides are interesting and not found at other fast food places - dirty rice, yum!

                Plus, I love how they have these specials sometimes which are so totally southern, like catfish or just chicken wing specials. My oh my!

                And yes, the music rocks!

                I could was poetic about Popeyes for quite a while. The only other place in my area which I think gives it a run for it's money is a local restaurant, Freshwaters in Plainfield NJ, which is true southern/cajun/creole cooking and yep, they do chicken right there too :-). But for the quick fix, without having to do a sit down meal, I'm down w/Popeye's over any fast food joint all the way!

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                1. re: sivyaleah

                  I had honestly never eaten at Popeye's until we moved to Kansas City about two years ago! I've just loved it from the beginning, but it makes me wonder why there are so many KFC's everywhere else you go! It used to be somewhat decent when I was younger, but now... blech! And I haven't tried the mac n' cheese yet, so another reason to head back to Popeye's! Ha... as if I needed a reason! :-)