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What to order at Popeye's? [split from a discussion on the Boston board]

Ok, I give. Can someone tell me what is so great about Popeye's? Is it head and shoulders above KFC? I've never seen hounds so excited about a fast food chain restaurant, and I respect all of my fellow hounds' opinions. I've never been there so I plead ignorance and hope you will fill me in on what is so great. I once told a friend from the south that i liked KFCs biscuits (mostly b/c that was pretty much the only place i could get them) and she said once I had a good southern biscuit I'd never wanna taste a KFC biscuit again. Do you think she'd have a little more respect for Popeye's?

Most importantly, all you guys who are so psyched for it to open, what will you order when you finally get there? Very curious on what's good and why.

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  1. It's actually not that good, twentyoystahs, at least not in my experience. I've been twice, once in Louisiana and one in Toronto. Louisiana was pretty good, for fast food (but you know, I may have been stoned on jambalaya for several days at that point) and Toronto was not. The food had been sitting around for a while and the sides were pretty grim: I remember prefab mashed potatoes with chemical-tasting gravy, and fries which were, well fries. Plus a dry biscuit.

    But you know, other people's mileage has clearly varied.

    1. I do think their biscuits are better than KFC's - they have more butter on them. In my opinion, the only thing that Popeye's has going for them is their onion rings. The rings are incredible. They use the same batter as the chicken and actually make them fresh for you - they truly are dipped by hand (these aren't frozen rings). You usually have to wait a few mintues because they are cooked to order.

      I actually think their chicken sucks. There is hardly any meat on it - KFC is much better.

      Now, if you want real southern fried chicken, find you a Bojangles the next time you're down south!

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      1. re: DC Gal

        bojangles... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

        1. re: DC Gal

          actually some locations do have the freezer-to-fryer onion rings, like all the ones in Vegas and its just the monthly special too...

        2. The Spicy Chicken only if fresh. I don't care for any of the sides.

          1. I like the variety in side items - the red beans and rice and dirty rice are both good.

            1. I like the mashed potatoes with cajun gravy a lot, and usually get a large container to go for later when I stop in, the fries are good. I'm a weirdo in that I don't really like chicken on the bone, so I get their tenders (spicy) and cajun mustard dipping sauce. If the Popeye's is busy, expect fresher food that's spent less time under the heat lamps, it it's not busy either walk out or expect dried out food. I hugely prefer Popeye's to KFC as far as fast food chicken goes. The biscuits at Popeye's are greasier and saltier...I heard they deep fry them, but I suspect that is the stuff of urban legends.

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              1. re: ballulah

                In high school, I worked at a local fried chicken establishment where we sold "Puffs, deep-fried butermilk biscuits" - sounds gross, huh? But, with some honey...mmm...

                1. re: ballulah

                  the biscuits aren't fried, they are baked in ovens...