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Chick-fil-A & Dwarf House - Let's talk tea - Is it a Southern thing?

rworange Aug 28, 2006 05:25 PM

I had a tip from a Georgia native that Chick-fil-A serves good Southern sweet tea? Any opinions?

Is there anything else worthwhile on the menu? In the link to the website below the hand-spun (whatever that means) milkshakes sound good. Are they?

In the Atlanta area Chick-fil-A has full service restaurants, Dwarf House. I hear the biscuits and gravy are good. Are the biscuits and gravy at Chick-fil-A the same as Dwarf House?


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    DC Gal RE: rworange Aug 28, 2006 08:31 PM

    Chick-fil-A is likley my very favorite fast food chain. They do have really good freshly brewed sweet tea. In the south, that's really the standard when it comes to iced tea - sweet tea is the way to go. I personally love the nuggets and waffle fries at CFA too. Their sandwiches are good as well. And, the chicken biscuits served at breakfast ROCK! The service is always above par for fast food service.

    My mom has tried the shakes and says they are quite good. If you're having a party, the nugget trays are a great deal.

    Really, you can't go wrong at the CFA. In the south, they are a main stay. And, you have to respect a company that chosoes to close on Sundays over another chance for the almighty dollar.

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      Low Country Jon RE: DC Gal Aug 28, 2006 10:25 PM

      I'll vouch for their lemonade, too. Fresh squeezed, not from a mix. CFA is one of those chains that deserves credit for limiting themselves to a few things and doing them well. Problem is, I always seem to get CFA cravings on Sundays!

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        FoodFuser RE: DC Gal Nov 5, 2006 06:38 AM

        Yep... the founder wanted to ensure that every employee had a predictable day to be with their family, whether it was to go to church or not. His sons continue this position. They're good guys, with numerous positive charitable programs.

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          rjw_lgb_ca RE: FoodFuser Dec 16, 2013 03:28 PM

          Well, THIS is about the most hilarious thing I've read today...!

          The Cathy family are "good guys"...?!

          The money they give to anti-LGBT hate groups contradicts that notion. It would be like the Copelands taking Popeye's franchise money and giving it to Aryan Nation.

          And for the record: Popeye's sweet tea IS better than that at Chick-Fil-Hate.

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            sunshine842 RE: rjw_lgb_ca Dec 16, 2013 05:28 PM

            you do realize you're not only carrying on an argument that is now more than 7 years old and was written before the whole LGBT nastiness ever came to light...

            ...but with a guy who passed away about a year ago, and who absolutely, positively, WAS a good guy whose presence is still sorely missed on this board.

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              kitchengardengal RE: sunshine842 Dec 16, 2013 08:38 PM

              Thank you, sunshine. That post took me a little by surprise.
              Foodfuser is definitely missed here.

      2. TexasToast RE: rworange Aug 29, 2006 12:07 AM

        Chicken is good at CFA. MUCH better than at KFC or Church's. Nuggets or a plain burger. Yum!


        1. Foodrat RE: rworange Sep 1, 2006 04:35 PM

          LOVE sweet tea! It's been a few years since I've had Chick-Fil-A so I can't remember if it was especially good or not, but it probably was because I remember always ordering it.

          I just checked out their website and they have a location in Roseville and Fairfield. I wonder if those locations serve sweet tea...

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            DC Gal RE: Foodrat Sep 1, 2006 06:24 PM

            Let me know for sure, but I think they do serve sweet tea at all locations.

            I'll likely be enjoying some Chick fil A tomorrow at the NC State home opener in Raleigh! The beauty of southern football - you can even get a Chick fil A sandwich at the game. Chick fil A are huge sponosrs of the ACC and SEC.

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              rworange RE: DC Gal Sep 1, 2006 08:01 PM

              Fairfield definately has the sweet tea, because that was the place that was recommended to me. Since it is on their corporate menu, I'm sure they all do.

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            Loren3 RE: rworange Sep 1, 2006 08:15 PM

            In Georgia, it's pronounced swee'tea (one word). And you know someone's truly from Georgia when they start tellin' you their mama's recipe for swee'tea. I order it half and half (half sweet, half unsweet).

            I have a notable intolerance for fast food, but have always survived CFA. I liked their chicken salad sandwiches for a light snack.

            The first CFA was in Hapeville, GA, just north of ATL Hartsfield airport, also home of Jeff Foxworthy, for what that's worth.

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              kclay61 RE: Loren3 Nov 25, 2006 03:40 AM

              My DH went to HS with Jeff and his sister Jennifer. He even has the yearbook.

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              Gerard RE: rworange Nov 5, 2006 03:54 AM

              Hey rworange, fancy meeting...

              I was at the Fairfield one today. If you haven't already been, they do indeed have sweet tea / swee'tea.

              The Chick Fil-A is in the Solano Mall, but it's a full-size restaurant, not a food court stall.


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                kclay61 RE: rworange Nov 25, 2006 03:39 AM

                The Dwarf House IS the original Chick-fil-a. My DH and BIL used to work there when they were teens. I used to eat there a ton when I was a child. The first date DH and I went on was to the Dwarf House. It is across the street from the Ford Motor Plant in Hapeville, GA.

                CFA to me is NOT as good as the Dwarf House. Mr. Cathy's children own the CFA franchises or should I say "they split the profits".

                Here, in the south, when you say "tea" you don't have to specify if you want sweet but you DO have to if you want it unsweet.

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                  Will Owen RE: kclay61 Dec 16, 2013 06:43 PM

                  When I came to Nashville in 1972 it was that way there. By the time we left in 2000 most places would ask, "Sweet or unsweet?" However, out in the smaller towns you still have to say "Unsweet, please" upfront if that's your desire.

                  And Yes, the tea in the South is always brewed, and usually fresh. I'd gotten used to the ubiquitous instant stuff in California, so Nashville was like Iced Tea Heaven … after I was told I'd have to ask for unsweetened. Selling instant tea is probably a hanging offense there.

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                  fitchsoccer RE: rworange Oct 11, 2007 01:57 PM

                  I have to say that Chick-fil-A is by far the best fast food place to eat. I live in Nebraska and unfortunately there are none here, but when I visit family in North Carolina that is the only place that I for sure have to go to.

                  The chicken sandwiches are the best....and the sweet tea is to die for.

                  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: rworange Oct 11, 2007 02:30 PM

                    For the most part, Chick-Fil-A is very tasty. For some reason, most of the times that I want to go there it's Sunday and they're closed. Their breakfasts are definitely worth getting, as are the classic chicken sandwich and the lemonade. We have ones that are in malls and ones that are in standalone locations, and the standalones are generally far superior.

                    Around here in the Phoenix area, almost every standalone one also has an In-N-Out Burger very close by. Talk about the best of both worlds!

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                      teamuse RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Oct 12, 2007 09:55 AM

                      Chick-Fil-A's are closed on Sundays throughout the country for religious observances- it's part oftheir company policy.

                      I like to say that Chick-Fil-A's is my favorite fast food- I love their fries and chicken nuggets, their sweet tea is also very,very good.

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                      RedTop RE: rworange Dec 14, 2013 02:56 PM

                      I'm yearning for CFA to bring its product to metro Detroit. And I don't even like chicken!

                      1. Boston_Otter RE: rworange Dec 15, 2013 09:51 AM

                        You're much better off going to Popeye's. Much better chicken, much better sides, much better sweet tea, and you can feel better about patronizing the place.

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                          fourunder RE: rworange Dec 15, 2013 10:02 AM

                          When this post was recently revived, i was going to comment it was amazing that in seven years there was not one negative comment......until now.

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                            Boston_Otter RE: fourunder Dec 15, 2013 10:22 AM

                            I don't know that recommending a better chicken place is really a "negative comment". I've had the chicken and the sweet tea at both places, and Popeye's has the best sweet tea I've had anywhere (apart from my Grandma's house!).

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                            Jerseygirl111 RE: rworange Dec 15, 2013 08:57 PM

                            Their diet Lemonade is the best I have had.

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