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Soup Aug 21, 2006 03:37 PM

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?

  1. monkeyrotica Aug 21, 2006 04:06 PM

    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
      Muskrat Sep 24, 2008 10:55 PM

      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
        Big N Fat Sep 26, 2008 12:40 AM

        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
          Big N Fat Mar 13, 2009 12:32 AM

          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.

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      Tugboat Aug 21, 2006 04:14 PM

      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. Karl S Aug 21, 2006 04:29 PM

        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
          maillard Aug 23, 2006 08:55 PM

          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
            sciencediet Sep 20, 2013 06:08 AM

            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
              Karl S Sep 23, 2013 12:45 PM

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

          2. J T Aug 22, 2006 01:37 AM

            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
              J T Aug 22, 2006 08:28 PM

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

              1. re: J T
                Infomaniac Aug 25, 2006 08:28 PM

                I agree...I love chick-fil-A

            2. byrd Aug 22, 2006 03:09 AM

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

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              1. re: byrd
                sivyaleah Aug 22, 2006 01:36 PM

                Pretty darn spicy at the ones in NJ and NY!

                1. re: byrd
                  bigmackdaddy Sep 7, 2006 11:21 PM

                  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.

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                  lyn Aug 22, 2006 03:17 AM

                  you may be on to something, when I lived in Fl the popeyes was perfectly hot, but here in Cleveland, the few times I have had it, I have had to add more hot sauce and sometimes they do not even have spicy made. I LOVE cleveland but these people have the wussiest palate out there. must be a midwest thing?and yes popeyes in the best chain fried chix

                  1. Professor Salt Aug 22, 2006 03:30 AM

                    I have very fond memories of a Lee's Famous Recipe chicken franchise in Goshen, NY. I'm sure that a near death experience before my first taste had something to do with it. Anyway, during my undergrad years, I visited often and liked it when the product was fresh out of the cooker.

                    The Goshen store's been gone for many years, but other locations exist around the country. Anyone else been to these?

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                    1. re: Professor Salt
                      orangefluf Oct 21, 2006 09:37 PM

                      there's one in Richmond, VA. i have yet to try it, though it smells amazing every time i pass by.

                      1. re: orangefluf
                        plujan3 Dec 2, 2006 05:05 AM

                        Not true! I live in Richmond, and I know that there are two now. One just opened in March of this year, and that is where I go all the time. They serve my favorite side...Onion Rings, and they also give a 50% discount to Law Enforcement which I find very generous!

                      2. re: Professor Salt
                        flavrmeistr Oct 21, 2006 10:00 PM

                        Lee's are mostly in the south. I ate at one in Lexington,KY about two weeks ago. Pretty good chicken, excellent biscuits and sides. I particularly like their green beans and slaw.

                      3. c
                        calabasas_trafalgar Aug 22, 2006 05:30 AM

                        Does Roscoe's count? For me its no contest.

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                        1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
                          davinagr Aug 24, 2006 03:43 PM

                          I second Roscoe's. Count's for me~

                        2. Katie Nell Aug 22, 2006 01:47 PM

                          Duh! Popeye's! :-)

                          1. Infomaniac Aug 22, 2006 01:50 PM


                            1. rumgum Aug 22, 2006 03:43 PM

                              It's a toss up between Popeye's and Church's. I guess Popeye's would have to win since I don't even know if there is still a Church's. I"m sure there isn't one in my area.

                              1. sivyaleah Aug 22, 2006 04:01 PM

                                Did I mention - Popeye's
                                Oh yea, and Popeye's

                                1. Vexorg Aug 23, 2006 04:04 AM

                                  Around here it's definitely Popeye's, but the closest one is 20 miles from here. Unless you live near one of the few scattered Popeye's in the area you're pretty much not going to find anything but KFC. For grocery stores, Fred Meyer is probably the best around here (just avoid the breasts, they're dry and lacking in flavor.)

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                                    Calamityville Aug 23, 2006 04:23 AM

                                    Do they still have Church's anywhere?

                                    I preferred Church's until they shut the local franchises or company stores down. We have Popeyes locally here in Portland OR but it seems to be inconsistant. I haven't tried the Freddy's (Fred Meyer is a local Supermarket and everything else chain) mentioned above, but maybe I will the next time I stop by.

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                                    1. re: Calamityville
                                      monkeyrotica Aug 23, 2006 12:17 PM

                                      Well, I tried their Flash-choked website, and I couldn't find anything useful. Instead of a simple list, you have to search by address and no matter what you put in, you get a movie of two idiots in tights waving at you, saying "Sorry, there are none near you."

                                      Judging by their menu, and the fact they're owned by the Cajun Marketing Company, I think they're going after the Popeyes market. Good luck.

                                      1. re: Calamityville
                                        Katie Nell Aug 23, 2006 01:52 PM

                                        Still some Church's here in Kansas City.

                                        1. re: Calamityville
                                          violet Aug 23, 2006 03:03 PM

                                          yeah there are definately tons of church's in michigan. TONS. a lot in ohio, too, i believe. i think there are a couple in illinois and indiana as well.

                                          1. re: Calamityville
                                            calabasas_trafalgar Aug 23, 2006 07:50 PM

                                            There's plenty of Church's in LA. If I can't get that or Roscoe's, Shakey's Pizza has pretty good chicken. I wouldn't go to Popeyes if you paid me.

                                            1. re: Calamityville
                                              YoungHood Sep 10, 2006 08:03 PM

                                              Here in the NYC area Churchs are often found combined in White Castles, Now thats Ghettofab!

                                              1. re: YoungHood
                                                KevinB Sep 24, 2008 01:03 AM

                                                Same thing in Ohio and Michigan - I think it's a great combo! A couple of sliders, a piece of chicken, and I'm good to go.

                                              2. re: Calamityville
                                                orangefluf Oct 21, 2006 09:38 PM

                                                there's one in Richmond, VA.

                                                1. re: orangefluf
                                                  plujan3 Dec 2, 2006 05:10 AM

                                                  Not true, there's two. One just opened in March of this year, they do well.

                                              3. rumgum Aug 23, 2006 05:46 AM

                                                In terms of grocery store fried chicken. My preference is Albertsons hands down!!

                                                1. zorra Aug 23, 2006 03:08 PM

                                                  Church's is still the best, always red hot ("just out of the grease", as my dad used to say approvingly) and juicy, with a nice crunch. Popeye's is a close second.

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                                                  1. re: zorra
                                                    rworange Aug 24, 2006 06:35 AM

                                                    That's the secret to Church's Fried Chicken. It has to be just fried and not sitting under a heat lamp.

                                                    For a while, I was going about opening time and the chicken was wonderful, amazing. I was actually going out of my way to go to Church's.

                                                    Then I dropped in one afternoon when the chicken had been sitting ... not good. Hard to believe it was the same chicken.

                                                    1. re: rworange
                                                      KevinB Sep 24, 2008 01:11 AM

                                                      Don't doubt your experience, but I've almost never been in a Church's where I haven't had to wait 10 minutes or so for them to finish frying the chicken. Not like KFC, where it seems to have been waiting 20 minutes or so for me to arrive.

                                                      1. re: rworange
                                                        James Cristinian Jul 25, 2009 09:36 AM

                                                        Church's can be the best, or worst chicken. I've been to local Church's stores, and thinking it would be fresh since they just opened, found it cold and nasty. I seems to be heated up chicken from the night before. Their tenders are also quite good, if they are fresh.

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                                                      beer786 Aug 23, 2006 03:12 PM

                                                      popeys is number 1! but kfc hits the spot as well. I have never heard of churches

                                                      1. rcheng Aug 24, 2006 04:13 AM

                                                        There are only 2 fried chicken chains nearby, KFC and Popeyes. I like the fried chicken better at KFC, but I love the side dishes at Popeyes.

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                                                          HollyDolly Aug 25, 2006 02:19 PM

                                                          Church's started out in San Antonio,Texas.They bought out here Youngblood's Chicken which had a place down near the Witte Museum on Broadway.Had very excellent fried chicken back in the 1960s.Church's has expanded all over the place.Seems to me they bought Popeye's Fried Chicken,or Popeyes bought Church's.
                                                          Also back in the 1980s only around San Antonio,Church's opened
                                                          G.W.Jrs.It was a place that sold hamburgers and such.Later Church's dumped the idea and they are no longer in business.There was one on Harry Wuzbach,but has reverted back to Church's Chicken. We also have KFC here too.Since I have gall bladder diease I avoid fried stuff. Did have some hot Church's chicken last week,and pulled the coating off,so I was fine,no gas.

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                                                          1. re: HollyDolly
                                                            James Cristinian Sep 24, 2008 09:49 PM

                                                            According to the Church's website, Church's and Popeyes were under the same corporate umbrella for awhile. They also are international having alot of restaurants in Latin America. They are also in Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and elsewhere under the name Texas Chicken, with the same logo. I agree with others that it must be hot and fresh to be good, when you catch it right it it as good or better than any chain, however, more often than not it is not fresh making it virtually inedible. I've been there early, say 11 a.m., and it's cold suggesting it to be last nights chicken. Disgusting.There is a location in a Houston suburb called Stafford that has a meeting room there apparently for district managers, if you see a bunch of Ford Taurus vehicles out front your in business. I've never had cold chicken there. Having said all that, for health reasons I rarely eat fried chicken but if I do it will be at a restaurant cooked to order, 25-30 minutes such as the Barbecue Inn or a local chain called Frenchys.

                                                          2. mochi mochi Sep 5, 2006 07:17 PM

                                                            Golden Bird Fried Chicken in Los Angeles is our favorite. Pioneer Chicken was excellent, but no more.

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                                                              monkuboy Sep 5, 2006 07:33 PM

                                                              Could you please tell me where the Golden Bird is located that you go to? I used to love their chicken - best fried chicken I have ever eaten. But I moved out of the area long time ago so I was wondering what locations are open now.

                                                              1. re: monkuboy
                                                                DiveFan Sep 7, 2006 11:11 PM

                                                                The only Golden Bird that I know of is part of Porky's BBQ, 801 E. Manchester, Inglewood. Haven't tried the chicken yet, too busy with the BBQ...

                                                                1. re: DiveFan
                                                                  grandstrand Sep 23, 2008 09:35 PM

                                                                  Golden Bird - remember it well. Very tasty and not too expensive. Local to SoCal.

                                                                2. re: monkuboy
                                                                  mochi mochi Sep 8, 2006 07:14 PM

                                                                  We go to the one in Los Angeles- Santa Rosalia ? By the Sears.
                                                                  The other location is:
                                                                  Golden Bird Fried Chicken
                                                                  1005 W M L King Jr Blvd - Los Angeles, CA
                                                                  I go to this one.
                                                                  Golden Bird Fried Chicken
                                                                  3767 Santa Rosalia Drive - Los Angeles, CA

                                                                  1. re: mochi mochi
                                                                    monkuboy Sep 8, 2006 09:47 PM

                                                                    The one on Santa Rosalia is still open? That's the one we would take out from all the time when I was growing up. That's my favorite fried chicken of all time! Thanks, I will have to make a trek over there in the near future.

                                                                    1. re: monkuboy
                                                                      mochi mochi Sep 9, 2006 04:33 AM

                                                                      The original building is gone. They opened a small restaurant in the mall area's parking lot. My folks still live in the area! Since 1953... No more bread and butter pickles and the pieces of chicken are a lot smaller, but still have that great greasy taste. Coliseum St. School, Audubon JH Dorsey HS Holiday Bowl???? Any of those bring back memories? lol

                                                                3. re: mochi mochi
                                                                  DiveFan Sep 7, 2006 11:14 PM

                                                                  There are apparently a few Pioneer Chicken franchises left, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Chicken for details.
                                                                  Here's a review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
                                                                  I tried the one on Olympic last year, nothing special to me.

                                                                  BTW I can't see what the big deal is about Pollo Campero. It's just slightly spicy fried chicken available with mostly pathetic American style side dishes. Viva Popeyes!

                                                                  1. re: DiveFan
                                                                    mochi mochi Sep 8, 2006 07:14 PM

                                                                    Thanks, I have to check that out. My husband will be happy.

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                                                                  River Rat Sep 8, 2006 01:40 AM

                                                                  Here in Texas, Grandy's is my favorite.

                                                                  1. monkuboy Sep 9, 2006 07:10 PM

                                                                    To mochi mochi (your reply about Golden Bird.. there's no "reply" link on your message itself so I'm posting a general reply): Hey, maybe we know each other! I'm a Dorsey alum! I just remember the first time I tried some Golden Bird chicken and thinking, this is WAY better than that Colonel Sanders stuff! I remember the pickles now that you mention it. My parents got sick and tired of me always asking for that chicken whenever we got take out. Too bad the pieces have gotten smaller. Well, I have got to make some time to get over there and bring back some memories.

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                                                                    1. re: monkuboy
                                                                      mochi mochi Sep 10, 2006 05:22 PM

                                                                      That is weird that there isn't a reply button.. I am actually a Hamilton alum, but all my friends were at Dorsey. I transferred myself out so I would actually go to school. lol
                                                                      Golden Bird is the best in my book.

                                                                      1. re: mochi mochi
                                                                        monkuboy Sep 10, 2006 07:04 PM

                                                                        I went to Hamilton for summer school one year -- a computer class when programming was still on punch cards. All we did was ditch class and eat at the hamburger place across the street. If I had gone to class I might have been in Bill Gates' place, LOL! Anyway, I graduated long time ago, 1972. But so that this is a food posting, let me say that Golden Bird is first in my book, too. I need to have some again to validate whether or not things seem more "golden" from the past than they really are, I guess.

                                                                    2. mochi mochi Sep 10, 2006 07:30 PM

                                                                      OMG small world. Me-1974,my husband 1973, so I am sure we know some of the same people. Getting back to food. If you are in the Crenshaw area, drop by Crenshaw Square by Ben K's Hair Design and you will see a small coffee shop owned by Mary that used to own a share in Holiday Bowl's coffee shop.Takky's-Mary's son, Takky owns Kay's Hardware on Jefferson Blvd. next to Grace's Pastries. She brings with her some flavors of Holiday Bowl. Also, if you frequent Kim's Chinese, still there, they make pressed almond duck and as far as I know a good Chinese Chicken Salad.

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                                                                      1. re: mochi mochi
                                                                        monkuboy Sep 10, 2006 07:58 PM

                                                                        Well the moderator will probably tell me I am off-topic but my e-mail address is my chowhound moniker at hotmail.com. All those places bring back memories! I also used to go to Walts Cafe sometimes with the old woman who made food at 90 mph, and Mr. Moto's Hawaiian place where the husband would scowl at me every time I went in there. Those were the days. Not too long ago I got some ribs from Phillips BBQ that used to be Leo's and was lamenting how there are no places like that in the SGV. Robins and Wood Ranch are good, but not the same.

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                                                                        YoungHood Sep 10, 2006 08:04 PM

                                                                        Kennedy Fried keeps it real! All there locations are in the hood.

                                                                        1. Low Country Jon Sep 10, 2006 08:09 PM

                                                                          If you're including local chains, then Smithfield Chicken and BBQ in North Carolina would be my choice. Regarding larger chains, I'd pick Bojangles for their southern fried chicken not the cajun spiced, which to me has a strange, almost fishy flavor. After Bojangles, I would list Popeye's and Church's. If Chick-Fil-A counts, that would probably be my pick among national chains.

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                                                                            flavrmeistr Oct 18, 2006 08:08 PM

                                                                            The Popeye's on the Florida Turnpike at Canoe Creek plaza. Huge volume. Best chain chicken anywhere.

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                                                                              Kelli2006 Oct 18, 2006 10:23 PM

                                                                              White House chicken or Hopokan Gardens in the Akron Ohio region. Barberton chicken in a Hungarian specialty and they always serve it with a spicy rice side dish, and hand cut fries with the skins on.

                                                                              I would appreciate any information anyone could provide about the spicy chicken in Nashville Tennessee. I have a aunt and uncle in Brentwood and I am going down in a few weeks for a family reunion, and want to try this local specialty.


                                                                              1. amkirkland Oct 19, 2006 06:26 PM

                                                                                It's rumored that at the release of the "Extra Tasty Crispy" the Colonel, associated with KFC by face only, referred to it as a "Damn fried doughball on a stick," and their gravy as "pure wallpaper paste." Oh the things Uncle John's Bathroom Reader has taught me.

                                                                                1. masha bousha Oct 20, 2006 02:43 PM

                                                                                  Popeye's. There is more than 1 of them in New England. They opened one up in Hartford right off of I84. It's addictive. I don't get the cajun spice flavor...just regular. Juicy and delicious!
                                                                                  It beats the pants off KFC and the biscuits and mashed w/ cajun gravy are nummy!

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                                                                                    swsidejim Oct 20, 2006 02:50 PM

                                                                                    Popeyes hands down.

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                                                                                      Brioche For The Girl Oct 26, 2006 01:28 AM

                                                                                      Church's, but only if it is fresh.

                                                                                      1. rockhopper Nov 8, 2006 10:31 PM

                                                                                        Crown Fried Chicken in the Philadelphia area. Not a wide area; most are in the city.

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                                                                                          BarefootandPregnant Dec 2, 2006 07:07 PM

                                                                                          I wouldn't feed KFC or Church's to my dog-though in Church's defense, I think the branch I visited was always serving less than fresh bird.

                                                                                          Pollo Campero, otoh, I have had from Guatemala and El Salvador after it has winged its way to Boston with guests, and Long Island after a day in the car in Thanksgiving weekend traffic, and a night in my friend's fridge, and it was delicious. Our preference was for the LI bird, btw, which was their original recipe. What we have had from C.A. has been (unfortunately) extra crispy, or extra spicy, or extra summin' summin'.

                                                                                          We have not tried the sides; we're all about the chicken, baby.

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                                                                                            grandstrand Sep 23, 2008 09:20 PM

                                                                                            Alrighty then. I am the biggest Fried Chicken eater in the world and an afficionado on the best chains, so here we go:

                                                                                            #1) Church's Fried Chicken - Biggest pieces, best batter, cheapest prices. If you are attempting to eat at a combo White Castle / Churches, it isnt the same. Go to a stand alone Church's. If it doesn't have bullet proof glass and a bomb-thru door for the food, you don't have the full experience. Also, THE best dark meat deals. If you are a white meat freak, they cut their breasts and wings differently than any other chain, to make them more equal. I rarely order white meat. I prefer juicy dark meat in my women and chicken. I generally travel 20 - 40 minutes into the Hood for my chicken. Always, ALWAYS worth the experience and extra effort.
                                                                                            #2) Popeyes Fried Chicken - probably the best from other people's perspective. Higher prices than Church's on average and sometimes overcooked and overseasoned.
                                                                                            #3) There are none - KFC isnt even Fried Chicken, it is made in a pressure cooker, they seem to price themselves way out of the market.
                                                                                            #4) Bojangles is ok and they get kudos for being a stand alone Fried Chicken franchise.
                                                                                            #5) Lee's Fried Chicken - I ate at the one on Broad Street in Richmond - wasnt that impressed.
                                                                                            #6) Chick Filet just isnt fried chicken on a bone. It is however a very well run establishment with the best dining experience.
                                                                                            #7) Pappy Parker Fried Chicken - clarification - This was the branded name of chicken at Junior Hot Shoppes, which was a fast food chain in the Washington DC area, derived from Hot Shoppes Cafeteria. Hot Shoppes Cafeteria was a eating establishment found in shopping malls (Montgomery Mall, Bethesda MD) and some strip malls if memory serves. When Junior Hot Shoppes closed down in the 70s, Roy Rogers picked up the name. The chicken was VERY good. They kept the Pappy Parker label. In fact, Pappy Parker had a doll that they sold on promotion. He had a blue hat covering his face with a big nose and moustache sticking out. Overalls and a red plaid shirt completed the look. This is from a freakesh memory 30 years ago. After a period of time, Roy Rogers dropped the Pappy Parker branding, changed the recipe for the worse and just calling it Roy Rogers chicken. It was edible.

                                                                                            In the mid to late 80s, Roy Rogers was bought out by Hardees. In a big bone head mood, the DC area stores were all converted to Hardees. Of course, wearing a Hardees hat on your head required instant stupidity, where Hardees cornered the market. Hardees chicken was horrible and as others have entioned, oversalted and over seasoned. It should be noted that the DC stores were later converted back to Roy Rogers. I dont know what the current status is of the franchise.

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                                                                                            1. re: grandstrand
                                                                                              Bobfrmia Sep 24, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                                                              Biggest fried chicken eater in the world. Bold claim. Exactly how big are you?
                                                                                              I love fried chicken, but I'm not very big.
                                                                                              Never tried Churches, but I'm curious as to which of Popeyes you're talking about. Regular, or Spicy? I find them to be totally different birds.
                                                                                              By the way, this seems to be your first post. Welcome to Chowhound!

                                                                                              1. re: grandstrand
                                                                                                monkeyrotica Jul 20, 2009 10:54 AM

                                                                                                The parent company that owns Roy Rogers is trying to expand in the Northeast. They opened a store in Frederick, MD and there were lines out the door. I have two Roys within driving distance and they're both awful: salt lick chicken, dry burgers (at least you get a Fixins Bar), and their breakfast sandwich tastes like weatherstripping.

                                                                                                If they brought back Pappy Parker Fried Chicken, I'd be a regular customer.

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                                                                                                  flavrmeistr Jul 20, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                                                                  There are three Roy Rogers in Frederick and they have all been open for at least four years now. But you're right; they ain't what they used to be.

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                                                                                                    Fibber McGee Jul 21, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                                                    I stopped at the one in Thurmont not too long ago. Not much different from what you get in terms of quality off the PA turnpike.

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                                                                                                      flavrmeistr Jul 23, 2009 02:04 PM

                                                                                                      The Roy's at the I-95 plaza near the Delaware line is actually a bit better than those elsewhere. Maybe because the high volume makes for a fresher sandwich. On a related note, my preferred meal of last resort in the Frederick area is Burger King. All of them are owned by one family and the quality level is noticeably better than I've been subjected to elsewhere.

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                                                                                                        flavrmeistr Jul 24, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                        I've only been there in the daytime and had to wait while they made my sandwich, so they've been good and fresh. The only problem was that due to the high volume, the "fixins" bar looked like a garbage pit.

                                                                                              2. coney with everything Sep 24, 2008 06:17 AM

                                                                                                In the Detroit area, Chicken Shack is the best!

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                                                                                                1. re: coney with everything
                                                                                                  Jim M Sep 25, 2008 08:41 AM

                                                                                                  Chicken Shack (which I guess is broasted rather than fried) is indeed a greasy treat. When I lived down South I used to like Mrs. Winner's, but it's been a while since I've gone there.

                                                                                                2. Chew on That Sep 24, 2008 11:05 AM

                                                                                                  I guess this isn't really a "fried chicken" restaurant perse, but they do have a lot of fried chicken. I like Buffalo Wild Wing's for their boneless buffalo wings!

                                                                                                  1. podunkboy Sep 24, 2008 05:51 PM

                                                                                                    Popeye's, spicy, with biscuits and cajun rice. Nothing else comes close.
                                                                                                    Church's has really gone downhill around here, both in quality and service.
                                                                                                    KFC...I grew up on it, but had a couple bad buckets 20 years ago, and haven't been back.

                                                                                                    1. lulubelle Sep 24, 2008 10:49 PM

                                                                                                      Y'all obviously aren't from Chicago.

                                                                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold&#... eat it and weep.

                                                                                                      1. chowchomper Sep 28, 2008 01:32 PM

                                                                                                        No way. Bojangles has the ultimate southern fried chicken and biscuits. Get their cajun pintos. :) Who agrees?

                                                                                                        1. JoanN Sep 28, 2008 01:46 PM

                                                                                                          Just came across this thread now that it's been bumped up again. I've had Pollo Campero often in Guatemala and it's pretty good, but I still like Popeye's better.

                                                                                                          There's what I believe to be a small chain near my mother's house in New Jersey called Chicken Holiday. I don't like their spices quite as much as Popeye's, but the chicken is excellent--cooked to order in one of those pressure fryers so you get it hot out of the cooker.

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                                                                                                            scrapple Oct 14, 2008 12:53 AM

                                                                                                            Am I the only Bojangles fan?
                                                                                                            Bo-han-glais for life.

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                                                                                                            1. re: scrapple
                                                                                                              nearlywild Mar 8, 2009 11:35 PM

                                                                                                              I love Bojangles. Never had Churches before but I always thought that Popeye's chicken was too greasy. I'm visiting my in-laws in Phoenix and they have a Pollo Campero just down the road from them, I want to try it before we head back home.

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                                                                                                              rltomkinson Feb 27, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                                                                              I used to love getting Kentucky Fried Chicken at Gino's before KFC existed. Also liked Pappy Parker's chicken. Never had Church's. First time I had Popeye's in DC, I loved it. Very disappointed with the Popeye's in Columbia Mall in MD. The spicy chicken wasn't. I think the put salt and pepper on it and called it spicy.

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                                                                                                                CocoaNut Jul 23, 2009 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                Local Dallas metro chain - Babe's Chicken Dinner House. Absolutely do not come to Dallas and pass up the opportunity to have THE best fried chicken you've ever wrapped your lips around! ANYwhere!!


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                                                                                                                  James Cristinian Jul 23, 2009 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                  I've never been there, but the name alone sounds delicious. Next time I'm up from Houston, I'll give it a try. If you're ever in Houston, give the original Frenchy's on Scott Street a try, and don't forget the red beans and rice and collard greens.

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                                                                                                                    fourunder Jul 25, 2009 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                    No one's mentioned this yet....but I haven't been to a Korean Fried Chicken place I did not enjoy. Here in the New York/New Jersey area they are becoming increasingly popular. I'm sure it's the same on the left coast......more expensive, but a nice change from KFC or Popeye's.

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                                                                                                                      pdpredtide Jul 28, 2009 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                      are you referring to kyon chon??

                                                                                                                  2. re: CocoaNut
                                                                                                                    shanagain Jul 28, 2009 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                    2nd'ed. And my stomach just growled. And I want that salad Right.Now. (Why is that salad so good? I don't understand.)

                                                                                                                  3. Uncle Bob Jul 26, 2009 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                    For me...Popeye's rules. KFC is mush!! Church's left town...I think.

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                                                                                                                      Uncle Bob Sep 21, 2009 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                      Nope they didn't leave town...Saw one (Church's) today.....Stopped by for a snack....I want make that mistake again!!!!! I Garontee!!

                                                                                                                      Popeye's Rules!!!

                                                                                                                    2. pikiliz Jul 27, 2009 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                      I vote Popeye's but does anybody remember Bojangles own by arby's good spicy chicken and here in Ft Lauderdale there was Brown's fried chicken now that was awesome stuff

                                                                                                                      1. pdpredtide Jul 28, 2009 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                        popeyes hands down.


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                                                                                                                          Soup Aug 22, 2009 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                          Has the sizes of the chicken peices gotten smaller over the years?

                                                                                                                          Last time I was at popeyes, I could have sworn that the leg could have come off a pigion, it was so small. I understand that you don't want roaster size chickens for frying but this was really small. In addition, I have notice at KFC and popeyes that they seem to cut the thighs in half. Do they do this to create two servable peices from one thigh?

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                                                                                                                            RCTRIPLEFRESH5 Aug 24, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                            popeyes spicy chicken sandwhich is very very good. i used to LOVEEEEEEEEEEE kfc however since they changed their snackers to original chicken instead of crispy i dont like it that much however i got some today and i still miss the older chicken lols.

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                                                                                                                              beauxgoris Sep 5, 2009 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                              Popeyes all the way!

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                                                                                                                              ArrowSmith Sep 6, 2009 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                              Yeah maybe I'll try it in 2 years when I can afford to include fried chicken in my diet.

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                                                                                                                                Fritish Sep 21, 2009 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                I don't see any mention of Zaxby's. Granted, their chicken is mostly chicken fingers instead of the bone-in fried chicken. But it's still tasty. And I love their sauce.

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                                                                                                                                  rainroosty Sep 26, 2009 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                  KFC by a mile. :-)
                                                                                                                                  Best dang fried chicken on the face of the earth. :-)

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: rainroosty
                                                                                                                                    Fibber McGee Sep 29, 2009 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                    You a franchisee?

                                                                                                                                  2. pdpredtide Sep 29, 2009 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                    ny mag came out with a taste test of fast food fried chicken in ny and guess who the winner was...POPEYES!


                                                                                                                                    1. Popeye’s
                                                                                                                                    The hands-down winner for a high-decibel crunch and some fairly juicy flesh.

                                                                                                                                    2. Pollo Campero
                                                                                                                                    Good marks for crispness, but lacking the famous Latin flavor.

                                                                                                                                    3. KFC
                                                                                                                                    An unashamed judge immediately identified it as KFC, and then admitted it sent a Proustian shiver down his spine.

                                                                                                                                    4. Kennedy Fried Chicken
                                                                                                                                    “Loose batter, dry meat.”

                                                                                                                                    5. New Caporal
                                                                                                                                    The golden-brown hue looked nice, but the meat was “tough” and “very dry,” according to our panel.

                                                                                                                                    1. BeaN Sep 29, 2009 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'm convinced that Bojangles here in Jax NC is frying miniature chickens. I bought a three piece dinner the other day and wondered if the bird even had feathers it was so small. It was over $8 with an extra side and it wasn't even good.

                                                                                                                                      1. bbqboy Sep 29, 2009 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        Go Chicken Go is a small chain in KC. Gizzardsm Wings, and Livers with mashed potatoes always hit the spot.

                                                                                                                                        1. Kajikit Sep 30, 2009 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                          There aren't a lot of fried chicken options around here. KFC is horribly salty and I won't eat there... but Popeyes is FANTASTIC! Alas the store is miles from where we live, so if I have a fried chicken craving I either get it at Publix (lovely and crispy but too salty to eat more than a little bit at a time), or make it myself... homemade is my favourite now because I don't like it salty.

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                                                                                                                                            1. knowspicker Sep 18, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              I like Kyochon... unfortunately, the only US store is in Manhattan but maybe someday they will spread. I've only had them once but the signature wings are great.

                                                                                                                                              I will second Albertson's for Grocery store chain fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                              Chicken Now has really good fried chicken tenders that are battered and fried to order so they get my vote for best chain.. at least today. Granted in Seattle we don't have that many options but they are really good. For local chain Ezell's or Heaven sent.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: knowspicker
                                                                                                                                                mrgreenbeenz Sep 30, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                Numerous kyochon outlets in LA preceded the ktown (or more accurately kblock) one in manhattan.

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                                                                                                                                                  knowspicker Sep 30, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, the site I found only had Manhattan and now Flushing listed. Must be an independent NY site. Good to know they are on the West coast.

                                                                                                                                              2. SaraAshley Sep 18, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                Popeyes is a guilty pleasure of mine, so that's my choice. I don't have Bojangles where I live now, but I liked them when I lived in NC. My vote goes to them for the best biscuit. I've never had Church's, and KFC is gross. I'd rather not waste the calories.

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                                                                                                                                                  4X4 Sep 19, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Popeye's and Royal farms. With Royal farms, you have to eat it at the store (some have a small dining area) or in the car. I awalys had it that way, on the way to or from Ocean City, MD. When I got some to go from a new(ish) store near my home, the skin was soggy - and this was only after a 5-10 minute drive!

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 4X4
                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Double yes, my all time top favorites as well.

                                                                                                                                                  2. RetiredChef Sep 23, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Personally I wouldn't waste my calories on any of the chains, there are many great regional restaurants that serve some great fried chicken. IE. Mama Dips in Chapel Hill, NC. Central Michel Richard in DC, Ad Hoc in Napa Valley, CA. Casper Fry in Spokane, WA. All of these places put the chains to shame.

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                                                                                                                                                      bbqboy Sep 23, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Many locales, sad to say, are not blessed with Fried Chicken palaces, in which case the best chain question becomes more
                                                                                                                                                      meaningful. People in these parts think pressure cooked supermarket fried chicken is the bomb, never knowing the sheer delight of good pan fried birds.....

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bbqboy
                                                                                                                                                        monkeyrotica Sep 24, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Since I discovered Chinese carryout fried chicken wings, I rarely patronize the chains. The exception being Roy Rogers.

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                                                                                                                                                          flavrmeistr Sep 24, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Hershey's in Washington Grove, man. That is chicken worth eating...at the bar, where it tastes best.

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                                                                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Oh yea, this! I love Popeyes and Royal Farms but never order the chicken wings. When I want fried chicken Wings, I call the Chinese carryout. Also, always with a side of carryout fries too.

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                                                                                                                                                              JonParker Oct 2, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                              1. Eischens in Okarche, Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                                              2. Popeyes
                                                                                                                                                              3. Church's
                                                                                                                                                              4. Royal Farms

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: RetiredChef
                                                                                                                                                          monkeyrotica Sep 24, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                          The fried chicken at Central is excellent. Will I spend $30 again for it? Probably not.

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                                                                                                                                                          rasputina Sep 24, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                          If I'm getting fried chicken from a chain, it's usually Raising Canes. I can't remember the last time I ate bone in fried chicken from somewhere other than homemade.

                                                                                                                                                          1. RussTheRaccoon Sep 29, 2013 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Popeye's spicy, without hesitation.

                                                                                                                                                            1. RussTheRaccoon Sep 29, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Popeye's spicey, without hesitation.

                                                                                                                                                              The fries and biscuits are good, too.

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