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Popeyes Fried Chicken - Change of Recipe?

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allanc Apr 4, 2009 05:18 PM

I have been to the renovated Popeyes on Yonge near Steeles twice since they reopened.
There seems to be a lot less breading on the spicy chicken.
It is also a lot less spicy.
Has anyone else made the same observation either at this or another Popeyes?

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  1. redearth RE: allanc Apr 4, 2009 05:41 PM

    Ummm, you might find that you'll not get an overwhelming response when it comes to opinions regarding fast food on this board. I prefer Popeye's to KFC, myself, but I certainly do not have either often enough to comment on a change of recipe from either franchise.

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      jayt90 RE: redearth Apr 4, 2009 05:52 PM

      A few fried chicken franchises seem to do well on these boards.. Mary Browns, Chick 'n Joy, and Popeye's. I suppose we have catholic tastes.

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        foodyDudey RE: jayt90 Apr 5, 2009 12:22 PM

        I doubt that the regular customers at Popeye's have "Catholic tastes" :-)

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          allanc RE: jayt90 Apr 5, 2009 11:29 PM

          Interesting, I tried Mary Browns (Dufferin location) for the *first* time while the Popeyes at Yonge/Steeles was being renovated and I had the yen for fried chicken.
          It was 'good' but I thought that Popeyes was superior.
          *Now* that Popeyes has reopened, I think that the taste of the chicken there resembles that at Mary Browns (i.e. size of chicken breast, lack of coating/spice).

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            allanc RE: jayt90 Apr 5, 2009 11:30 PM

            Are there any Chick 'n Joy locations in North York, Thornhill, etc?

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              jayt90 RE: allanc Apr 6, 2009 04:25 AM

              They seem to be located in south eastern GTA and close to the lake or Kingston Road.
              The one I go to for a quick fried chicken fix is at Whites and #2; it is family run and fries are hand cut, somewhat variable. These franchises seem to have some local control, like Popeye's, but less expensive.

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              Chick-N-Joy
              1483 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1E2, CA

              Chick N Joy Restaurant
              4449 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1E2N7, CA

              Chicken N Joy
              3555 Thickson Rd N, Whitby, ON L1R, CA

              Chick N Joy Restaurant
              705 Kingston Rd, Pickering, ON L1V, CA

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                allanc RE: jayt90 Apr 6, 2009 05:32 AM

                Thank you.
                Those are the locations that I found when I searched also.
                I was hoping that maybe there was a location that was not in the online phone book.

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              jennjen18 RE: jayt90 May 23, 2009 09:00 AM

              Of the many Mary Browns I've visited, the one at Dufferin is the worst. Really terrible, compared to the ones in Durham region. The best is in Oshawa near the OC.. kinda far, I know. :(

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                deelicious RE: jennjen18 May 23, 2009 01:27 PM

                I tried MB on Dufferin and thought it was awful too. Is there a good location in the GTA? Where are people eating MB that they are raving about it?

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                  allanc RE: deelicious May 25, 2009 04:57 PM

                  The MB on Dufferin is the only one that I have tried.
                  Being a Popeyees fan (and the OP), I don't know what to compare it to.

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                    jennjen18 RE: deelicious May 26, 2009 06:56 PM

                    I tell you ... Durham region! Try Pickering - Hwy 2 and Liverpool!

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                      allanc RE: jennjen18 May 31, 2009 07:58 PM

                      That is kind of out of the way since I live in North York.
                      The farthest east that I travel to on a somewhat regular basis is Finch & Markham road.

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                        jayt90 RE: allanc May 31, 2009 08:46 PM

                        Maybe it's worth a side trip.

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              embee RE: allanc Apr 4, 2009 06:17 PM

              I haven't been to any Popeye's recently, but Popeye's spicy chicken was one of my guilty pleasures.

              Over the past few years, many Popeye's items have changed. Not surprisingly, these changes have not been for the better.

              The once wonderful biscuits, at least by Toronto standards, were reduced to less than half of their original size. They are now stingy and are usually dry. The once excellent house made to order onion rings are now frozen. None of the many menu additions ever tasted good, at least to me. There is no longer any "a la carte" option, so meals are too big and fattening for a snack.

              The one thing that stayed constant was the chicken recipe, but the prep has never been consistent from store to store. The spice level, coating quantity, greasiness, juiciness, and cooking has always varied all over the map. The Overlea and Lawrence E outlets were always much better than the outlets on Danforth or at Yonge & Dundas.

              While I don't know whether they recently changed the chicken recipe, the size of a breast piece had shrunk by half the last time I had one. (I think it was some time last summer.)

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                allanc RE: embee Apr 4, 2009 08:25 PM

                I ate at the Overlea location twice when there was only one other customer in the restaurant. Both times they made errors with my order (i.e. mild instead of spicy and/or dark instead of white).

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                  embee RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 08:34 AM

                  I do hope you had them correct the order. I sure would have done that. I don't like dark or mild Popeye's chicken. Service quality has never been a priority :-(

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                    allanc RE: embee Apr 5, 2009 03:10 PM

                    Actually, I did not.
                    I just do not have it in me to complain about a $7 meal in a restaurant with only one other customer that cannot get the order right.

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                      embee RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 03:51 PM

                      If I order something I like and get served something I don't like, it's going back whatever the price. This isn't a flawed prep - it's the wrong food. OTOH, if the chicken came overcooked but still edible, for $7, I'd let it go.

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                        allanc RE: embee Apr 5, 2009 11:23 PM

                        You are absolutely right in principle.
                        That (Yonge & Steeles) location brings back fond (and fun) memories of me taking my kids there 20 years ago.
                        I have now been disappointed by that location and the Licks that was nearby.
                        I can't explain the thoughts that are swirling around in my head.

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                  allanc RE: embee Apr 5, 2009 03:21 PM

                  You mean that you cannot order a chicken breast on its own?
                  It might be available although it is not on the visible menu.

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                    embee RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 03:52 PM

                    As far as I know, no.

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                  Crispy skin RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 11:31 AM

                  Try a different location. The couple locations I frequent have consistantly amazing chicken.

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                    foodyDudey RE: Crispy skin Apr 5, 2009 12:19 PM

                    Maybe you could mention which ones you like so we don't have to try them all to figure out which are the good ones.

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                      jennjen18 RE: foodyDudey May 23, 2009 09:03 AM

                      I'm in Mississauga, and I frequent the one in Heartland, at Mavis and Rodeo. They're friendly, service is good.. and I always tell them what I want, and they would always figure out which meal is best for what I need. I've once was advised to get a kids meal and then order a la carte other items so to save on cost.... so, a la carte ordering still exists, despite it not being on the board.

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                        embee RE: jennjen18 May 23, 2009 10:18 AM

                        At the locations I've been to, you can order à la carte sides. They won't sell a breast or a couple of wings & a biscuit anymore.

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                          jennjen18 RE: embee May 23, 2009 01:00 PM

                          The one I go to (Heartland in Mississauga) still does though. I've asked them how much one piece is ... they go: depends on which piece you want... breast is $x.xx.. i forget how much it was. I didnt go through with it, 'coz I was buying more, and like how others said, it's just more worth it to get it in a meal..

                          So, I didnt go through with it, but it seems like they still are able to do that at the one I go to...

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                            allanc RE: jennjen18 May 25, 2009 05:00 PM

                            My companion is a small eater so a single breast is perfect for her.
                            Or, you can order a 2 or 3 piece combo and upgrade one of the pieces to a breast.
                            I forget the upcharge ... maybe about $1.50?

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                        allanc RE: foodyDudey Jul 23, 2009 06:31 AM

                        I went back to my old nemesis location (Overlea) the other day.
                        Previously, they have *always* messed up my order (see other posts).
                        Well, they finally served it right.
                        Unfortunately, they are serving the new style of less batter and not even close to being as spicy.
                        That's three locations that I have tried now with the same 'issue'.

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                        allanc RE: Crispy skin Apr 5, 2009 03:12 PM

                        I have tried the location in Richmond Hill (north on Yonge/11) and it was good.
                        I thought the chicken pieces were smaller than what I remembered from the Yonge/Steeles location which was being renovated.

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                        LUV_TO_EAT RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 01:39 PM

                        When did it reopen...I thought they closed the location for good.

                        I go to the Don Mills Peanut Plaza location...last time I went it was good as usual.

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                          allanc RE: LUV_TO_EAT Apr 5, 2009 03:15 PM

                          Not sure exactly - I would say around February.
                          They did some major renovations and the restaurant is now a lot smaller.
                          A video store is now located between the corner of the building and Popeyes.

                        2. duckdown RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 01:42 PM

                          The one here in Brampton is AWFUL... They don't even change their oil, they just strain it through some machine and keep re-using it forever.. Very greasy

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                            allanc RE: duckdown Apr 5, 2009 03:16 PM

                            That location should be audited by the Popeyes head office.
                            Actually, with the inconsistency that we are all talking about, *all* the franchises should be audited.

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                            childofthestorm RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 03:57 PM

                            Yeah as long as we have this thread going, can we narrow down some good locations? I am craving some Popeye's spicy. For me, the new one around Queen and Sherbourne and the one on the Danforth around Vic Park would probably be convenient. But I WILL drive completely out of my way for what I want the way I want it.

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                              embee RE: childofthestorm Apr 5, 2009 04:17 PM

                              Caveat: no recent visits! (The North Yonge outlet would have been on my list of good ones).

                              Danforth: reliably poor
                              Lawrence/Midland: reliably good
                              Overlea: good when the chicken is fresh, but it dries out at off hours
                              Yonge/Dundas: reliably poor and often unfriendly

                              I've never been to Queen/Sherbourne, and I'd be uncomfortable at that location - given it's long and interesting history - if they don't have an onsite security guard.

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                                Wahooty RE: embee Apr 5, 2009 04:49 PM

                                I've had no complaints at Lawrence/Midland or Spadina/College. The latter is in such a high-traffic location that the turnover rate is pretty good, even at off hours.

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                                  pinstripeprincess RE: Wahooty Apr 6, 2009 08:12 AM

                                  i haven't had issues with the spadina/college one but i haven't ordered anything from there in the past... two months?

                                  i will say this though about the single piece order.... the frugal side of me just wants the bigger order because a piece of chicken shouldn't cost that much! so in the freezer the rest goes and it of course heats up perfectly fine with all that fat infused into it. i only ever get take out and eat it at home because the sides are so gosh darned disgusting... though i'm not one upping them much when i'm feeling particularly fast foodish and reach for the kraft dinner instead. it's a treat when i can get someone to make mac and cheese from scratch from our leftover nubs in the cheese drawer.

                            2. redearth RE: allanc Apr 5, 2009 04:48 PM

                              Shiver me timbers, matey! This post has garnered more responses than I thought it would!! Consider my first response null and void, if you please!! Also, I'm craving chicken wings tonight - has anybody had any fast food wings recently that are worth mentioning?

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                                allanc RE: redearth Apr 5, 2009 11:25 PM

                                Wasn't that in another thread :)?

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                                  jennjen18 RE: allanc May 23, 2009 09:05 AM

                                  Umm, if I could reply to the wings comment - I like wings from Pizza Nova, actually. They're baked, so a tad more healthy. :)

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                                  Connoisseur RE: redearth May 15, 2009 09:07 AM

                                  There are NO fast food wings worth mentioning. You have to find a pub to find good wings. and lots of rec's on the board. Good luck.

                                3. spoonandsoup RE: allanc Apr 6, 2009 07:12 AM

                                  Just went to popeyes over the weekend (across from Markville Mall). It definitely wasn't as crispy as before (my chicken strips came out a bit soggy actually) and NOT Spicy. I thought they might have given me mild...but they said spicy. As well, the menu does not allow ordering pieces only. Does anyone know which popeyes still have spicy and crispy chicken?

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                                    LovelyAsia RE: spoonandsoup Apr 6, 2009 09:14 AM

                                    No offense to the Popeye chicken lovers here, but personally I like the KFC Spicy better, but ONLY from a franchise that does it well. For some reason the KFC on Mount Pleasant near Davisville does an excellent job on the spicy version... nice and crispy and spicy , where other locations have been disappointing.

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                                      allanc RE: LovelyAsia Apr 6, 2009 11:09 AM

                                      I have not tried KFCs spicy.
                                      If there was a *good* location in North York or a little north I would definitely give it a try.

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                                      allanc RE: spoonandsoup Apr 6, 2009 11:07 AM

                                      I logged onto the Popeyes WEB site this morning and filled in a customer service request form.
                                      I mentioned my findings re the crispy and spicy.
                                      It will be interesting to see if I receive a response.

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                                        spoonandsoup RE: allanc Apr 6, 2009 12:40 PM

                                        allanc, it would be interesting to see what they say. I haven't tried KFC's spicy; hopefully it would be crispy as well.

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                                          LovelyAsia RE: spoonandsoup Apr 6, 2009 11:23 PM

                                          If you have a KFC nearby you could try it on a Tuesday for 2.79 (2 dark pcs + fries) and see if it is spicy and crispy enough for you as a cheap test...

                                          I find the Spicy at KFC much crispier than the original, if that is any indication.

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                                            allanc RE: LovelyAsia Apr 12, 2009 11:21 AM

                                            I tried earlier this week (not a Tuesday) at about 10:00 pm and it was too late to buy the crispy chicken.

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                                              allanc RE: LovelyAsia Jun 4, 2009 12:13 PM

                                              I *finally* managed to try KFCs spicy/crispy.
                                              It was good ... maybe 6.5 out of 10.
                                              Many thanks to those who suggested it.

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                                              allanc RE: spoonandsoup May 15, 2009 06:01 AM

                                              It is over a month since I posted a message on their WEB site and I never received a reply.
                                              I am disappointed, but not surprised.
                                              Awful service!

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                                                Connoisseur RE: allanc May 15, 2009 09:09 AM

                                                What happened to Churches Chicken.. This was IMO the best fast food Fried Chicken???

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                                                  allanc RE: Connoisseur May 22, 2009 09:43 AM

                                                  Actually, I have never heard of them.
                                                  I did a search at canada411 (across all provinces) and results were found.
                                                  The *do* have a WEB site and locator where you enter the zip code.

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                                                    jennjen18 RE: Connoisseur May 23, 2009 09:07 AM

                                                    On another note - what about the Chubby Chicken from A&W? I tried it the first time not too long ago... I mean, its not crispy .. its kinda like the KFC kind. But flavour is good! AND they have OH-SO-YUMMY onion rings. :)

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                                                      allanc RE: jennjen18 May 25, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                      Don't get me going on the root beer in freezing cold glasses from decades ago.
                                                      The A&W drive-in ... now *that* brings back memories :).

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                                                        jayt90 RE: allanc May 25, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                        That brings back memories! They would deep freeze large 16 oz mugs for an hour or more, then fill them with root beer on tap. The mug became very frosty, and the root beer was chilled to perfection.Regret to say that we college kids would try to steal a mug or two, and use it for frosty beer. I wonder why moral responsibility was not part of my undergraduate course of study.

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                                                          allanc RE: jayt90 May 25, 2009 07:46 PM

                                                          I have been told that at least one of the A&W's in a mall is serving their root beer in mugs. I forget which mall and I do not know if the mugs are frozen.

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                                                            tjr RE: allanc May 25, 2009 08:10 PM

                                                            Don't most A&W locations serve root beer in mugs? I've only been maybe once in Ontario in the past few years; and once in Calgary, but both served root beer in mugs. The one near the T&T in Mississauga uses mugs (at least, at the time I ate there maybe 6 months ago?)

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                                                              Wil RE: tjr May 26, 2009 02:28 AM

                                                              Ya basically any A&W that has their own seating serve in mugs still I think

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                                                      fogducker RE: Connoisseur Jul 23, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                      I second that about Church's being the best fried chicken. There were two locations in Durham Region till a few years back. They don't seem to do well in Ontario. They are a mainstay in BC.

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                                                        Pincus RE: Connoisseur Aug 27, 2009 12:23 PM

                                                        I think I saw their sign hanging off a convenience store on Gerrard near Pape Square. Can't pin it down more closely.

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                                                          embee RE: Pincus Aug 27, 2009 10:55 PM

                                                          That's a Chester Fried chicken sign. Church's had been gone from the GTA for many years. I'm not sure, but I think the Lahore Tikka House may once have been a Church's.

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                                                Jar RE: allanc Jul 23, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                I have neglected to reply about Popeyes for several reasons. When the franchises opened decades ago, all was well, then, I have to say that no matter what location you went to, the oil, whatever, you almost were ill, yes a feeling of illness from a change. I gave up for a long time and returned after years and all was well. Well, sort of, their fabulous Onion Rings were changing without public announcement to crummy non descript frozen non Onion Rings. The last time I ordered them was on Albion Road, asked if they were made fresh and was told yes --- and I ended up with what looked like the great Onion Rings, but they were so salty, they were inedible, and I wonder if it was a purposeful forced corporate move away to the frozen and ordered in ones. There was talk a few months ago on Chowhound about a change in flavour and I resisted, but after several months, I decided to order and the chicken was absolutely pathetic!!!! Have not been back, don't intend to again ever from my above described experiences!! Here is my thought, that the company is on the way out with it's most recent Franchisees to suffer. To be cynical, someone else might conclude that earlier Management and Franchisees with many locations have been cashing in big and ready to take the money and run, and then look for a Popeyes location! No matter what that cynical person may think, I personally have seen a roller coaster, changes from good to bad to good to bad, and really WHY????? You do not screw around with a winner, KFC, Harveys, McDonalds, etc. hold on and deliver, but good or bad the product. You fool around too much and witness the New Coke go kapung!!! The changes at Popeyes, perhaps to save money, perhaps all had a timetable, an aim, and a finaliztion that will reward the few ----- and an unhappy result for many. Changes, I had to become from the previous decades/years, a now past customer --- and the financial end as described to me, makes sense, I think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                  allanc RE: Jar Jul 23, 2009 02:21 PM

                                                  It was I who started the original thread re the batter and spiciness changes.
                                                  If I remember correctly, some of our neighbors to the south (USA) responded in either this thread or another saying that *their* version of the recipe had not changed recently.
                                                  Interesting.
                                                  I also mentioned earlier in this thread that I had sent a WEB form query regarding the change and never received a reply.
                                                  Great service to add to the great flavour.

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                                                    almond3xtract RE: allanc Jul 23, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                    I am from Louisiana and Popeye's is a HUGE tradition in the New Orleans area. The recipe in NOLA has never changed. If you go to a Popeye's anywhere else, it is

                                                    - blander; in Louisiana it is almost unbearably spicy
                                                    - soggier
                                                    - not fresh

                                                    Even in Atlanta, Popeye's is different than it is in NOLA.

                                                    BUT... Popeye's is still my all-time fave. Haven't been to a TO location but I can tell you it is not going to be as spicy or crispy...

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                                                      allanc RE: almond3xtract Jul 23, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                      You *should* try it here ... if only for the culture shock :(.
                                                      If you do, I would be interested to know if the branding on the cups, tray liners, etc is the same.

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                                                        almond3xtract RE: allanc Jul 28, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                        I did try Canadian Popeye's last week. The seasoning was close but still slightly mild compared to how it is back home. It was slightly over fried but just slightly.

                                                        The biscuit was TOO DRY!! Not enough butter. The Cajun rice ("dirty rice" as we call it) was also WAAAAYYY too dry and didn't have any gizzards... If you get the dirty rice down South it has lots of nice gizzards & livers.

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                                                          allanc RE: almond3xtract Jul 30, 2009 04:48 PM

                                                          Thanks for the comparison!
                                                          That was an interesting comment about the seasoning because I think that it is currently way too mild compared to before (here, in Toronto).
                                                          And, if I remember correctly, you said that the spicy was really, really hot in New Orleans.
                                                          Which means, I think, that the Popeye's up here *was hotter* than what you are used to in the USA, correct?
                                                          (My analytical background is shining through).
                                                          I think that years ago, I had a small spoonful of the rice and did not care for it at all (compared to the fries).
                                                          I would really like to try it with gizzard and livers (seriously).

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                                                            almond3xtract RE: allanc Aug 25, 2009 06:08 PM

                                                            Whoa. Where in my post did you read me say Popeye's in spicier here than in the US? You got that totally backwards.

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                                                              allanc RE: almond3xtract Aug 26, 2009 05:42 AM

                                                              I think that my post was overly complicated. Sorry.
                                                              What I was saying is that in my opinion, the spicy *now* at Popeye's here in Canada was much milder than maybe a year ago (in Canada).
                                                              So, if you were saying that the Popeye's now in Toronto is slightly milder than in New Orleans .... then maybe a year ago up here, the spicy would have been hotter than down south.

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                                                                almond3xtract RE: allanc Aug 26, 2009 05:08 PM

                                                                I'm sorry, but I HIGHLY doubt the spiciness of anything in TO is comparable to anything in Louisiana. Most of the food I've had here has really lacked in flavor, even the Mexican food. The only place I've eaten that wasn't afraid to use spice is Gandhi, and they are notorious for the spice factor.

                                                                When you order spicy chicken at Popeye's in Louisiana you will need a jumbo sized sweet tea to wash it down even if you are a native.

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                                                                  allanc RE: almond3xtract Aug 26, 2009 05:37 PM

                                                                  I will have to make sure that I try Popeye's in Louisiana *if* I ever visit that state.

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                                                                Teep RE: almond3xtract Aug 26, 2009 08:48 AM

                                                                almond3xtract, do you know the location of the one you tried? because there seems to be inconsistency even among the Toronto ones.

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                                                              julesrules RE: almond3xtract Aug 26, 2009 09:26 AM

                                                              Was it one of the Halal locations you tried? All the locations I have access to are Halal. Just curious. I read somewhere one of the rice dishes has a pork base in the US, which made me think the Toronto Halal locations can't possibly be using the same bases/recipes for everything. Interesting there are so many regional variations.

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                                                        allanc RE: Jar Jul 23, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                        BTW - I do not think that I agree with you regarding Harveys.
                                                        Yes, I have fond memories of their burgers (15-20 years ago).
                                                        However, the burgers have resembled hockey pucks the last couple of times that I have tried them at their locations within Home Depots.

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                                                        sbug206 RE: allanc Jul 23, 2009 09:44 PM

                                                        Yet another victim of corporate greed. Just like Tim Hortons who used to bake their doughnuts in house and then switched to the mass factory frozen crap. I'm sure they've changed suppliers (do you really think they hand breaded the chicken at the store?) and thus the recipe is changed.

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                                                          embee RE: sbug206 Jul 23, 2009 09:53 PM

                                                          Supposedly they did, somewhat supported by the extreme inconsistencies among stores. As with the onion rings, it is quite possible that they don't anymore.

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                                                            allanc RE: sbug206 Jul 24, 2009 06:27 AM

                                                            I have not watched that particular process in maybe 6 months.
                                                            However, before that, I used to see them (at the Yonge / Steeles location) do that.

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                                                              stephen RE: allanc Aug 26, 2009 02:28 PM

                                                              Surprised that nobody has mentioned the Dixie road location or the Hurontario ones in Mississauga. I have frequented both and do think that they lowered the spice level in the past couple of years.

                                                              The service we have received is a little iffy in both of these stores as well. Sometimes you have to wait 10 minutes for a batch to finish cooking, and the staff is sometimes distracted and self-absorbed.

                                                              I love the spicy chicken, but when it becomes too much of a bother to pay attention to service and consistency then it's much less appealing...

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                                                                allanc RE: stephen Aug 26, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                                Stephen,
                                                                And the amount of batter, right?

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                                                              allanc RE: sbug206 Oct 24, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                              BTW - I was at the Yonge / Steeles location last week.
                                                              The definitely hand breaded the chicken.

                                                            3. Bobby Wham RE: allanc Aug 27, 2009 10:00 AM

                                                              Popey's is anazing, crushes KFC, it's even better than Stockyards ;)

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                                                                Crispy skin RE: allanc Oct 24, 2009 07:30 PM

                                                                Did not read any of these posts but the best Popeyes is at lawrence and mcowen hot and fresh.

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                                                                  allanc RE: Crispy skin Oct 30, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                  @crispy skin
                                                                  We are located around Dufferin and finch.
                                                                  That is quite a drive!

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                                                                  Dufferin Cafe
                                                                  2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

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                                                                  Northern Light RE: allanc Oct 25, 2009 10:36 AM

                                                                  My observations of Popeyes are these:

                                                                  1) Why do most of the locations have jail bars on them? No other fast food chain does this, it really puts me off eating there, you'd think Toronto was demilitarized zone!

                                                                  2) I've never seen a chain where so many staff do so little. I don't eat their often, but when i do, I fine that almost never is there any chicken ready, and if there is, there are no fries ready, and this is in the middle of lunch; but with the place 2/3 empty.

                                                                  3)The staff are invariably absent, and when seen minutes later, can be found talking on their phone, reading the paper or arguing with one another.

                                                                  If the above could be ironed out, its really not a 1/2 bad place for fast food. I wouldn't dine there weekly; but I would stop by more often when the fried chicken craving struck.

                                                                  ** as an side note, I did complain once, a number of years ago, at the time Popeyes didn't have a Canadian website, I don't know if it does now or not. But the U.S. site was riddled with spelling mistakes, had the addresses of the Canadian locations wrong, it was really quite dreadful.

                                                                  1. kas RE: allanc Oct 31, 2009 05:35 AM

                                                                    there is one opening in the Yonge Wellesley area soon very soon

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                                                                      cubmike74 RE: kas Oct 31, 2009 06:26 AM

                                                                      good news!

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                                                                      wellbaked RE: allanc Aug 4, 2013 12:01 AM

                                                                      Still inconsistent, sometimes its not hot, then, next time it warms me up. Love it every once and awhile.

                                                                      1. 3MTA3 RE: allanc Aug 4, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                        I only eat at Popeye's every 4-5 years to remind myself why I only eat there every 4-5 years....

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