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Aug 21, 2006 03:37 PM

Best Fried chicken chain

I love fried chicken. I grew up on Hollyfarms and KFC. My favorite for the past 10 years have been Popeyes. Before that, it was Bojangles and churches.

What is your favorite chicken chain?

BTW, not yet tried Pollo Campero. Any thoughts?

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  1. Pappy Parker's Fried Chicken, as served at the late, lamented Hot Shoppes.

    Roy Rogers used to have pretty good chicken, but now it tastes like they drown it in salt. Way too salty.

    Wendys uses Perdue chicken, so their breast are really meaty. But they cook the heck out of it, so it ends up being pretty dry.

    KFC's is usually pretty moist, but I never cared for the spices.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      I haven't been there in a while, but Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake (Los Angeles) used to serve Pappy Parker's. Other Big Boy restaurants across the country may, as well.

      1. re: Muskrat

        The Big Boy Restaurant that we visit in Lake Havasu, Arizona recently inked out the Pappy Parker's Fried Chicken from the menu. I was getting ready to try it since they had just placed it on the menu after many years absence. I snooze I loose. Bummer.

        1. re: Big N Fat

          And a reply to my last comment about the Lake Havasu Big Boy inking out their Pappy Parker's Fried Chicken, Big Boy has now inked out their Lake Havasu Big Boy restaurant! Geez. Guess I should have just been happy enough with the BB Combo.

    2. When I was a kid, I think Roy Rogers was my favorite chain for fried chicken but when I had Popeye's (as my taste buds sought out more heat) I only went to there.

      Now I make it at home more than getting it at the chains.

      1. Well, the key to KFC is to stick with original recipe rather than extra crispy; the seasonings are better (and spicier in certain neighborhoods; it varies).

        Roy Rogers is oversalted (which is something from a salt-lover like me) but still has a great texture and moisture. Only two left in New England.

        I love Popeye's but the only one in New England is on the Maine pike.

        Supermarket fried chicken can be a big step up depending on the chain. I like Stop & Shop's.

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        1. re: Karl S

          There's a Popeye's in Brockton at the Westgate Mall, I believe. I plan to check it out next time I'm in the area.

          1. re: Karl S

            The first Popeye's I ever went to was in New Haven. Is that gone? (I live in Maine and that one at the rest stop is going in the WRONG DIRECTION.)

            1. re: sciencediet

              This thread is SEVEN years old, so the location information should be sought at the Popeye's website....

          2. What fried chicken francises are out there? I've tried only KFC, Church's, and Popeye's (I prefer Church's of the three). I've also heard of Roy Rogers and Bojangles but neither of which I've tried.

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            1. re: J T

              But if I can count Chick-Fil'A as a fried chicken chain, then Chick-Fil'A is fave.

            2. popeyes, is it me or is the chicken spicier down south than up north?

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              1. re: byrd

                Pretty darn spicy at the ones in NJ and NY!

                1. re: byrd

                  The Popey's on Empire Blvd and Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn has pretty spicy chicken. Let me also say that I think Popey's has great out of the box bisquits and wonderful rice dishes.