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Saw this today, kind of interesting:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/kfc-dro...

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  1. Isn't that kinda oxymoronic?

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    1. re: ricepad

      It is. And a bit moronic, just IMHO. But I'll reserve further judgement until someone in Kentucky blogs more about this place.

    2. By us, the locals don't like chains, so McDonalds has to disguise their locations and make them look like a New England house, with a short sign with just an "M' out front. Once they have saturated the normal market, there is nowhere to go but upscale.

      1. I am SO over boneless everything I could bite nails and spit rust, and KFC's rush to turn chicken into something like popcorn is just one more assault on food that really is food, or something like it. The notion that boneless somehow equates to "upscale" will probably be okay with those infidels who insist on eating even fried chicken with utensils, but it sure doesn't go over with me. Bad enough that our meat and poultry departments are putting out more and more boneless steaks and boneless chops and boneless chicken parts, displacing all but a few of what used to come as originally carved off; I deeply hope that this venture will go the way of New Coke, and be not only a failure but an embarrassment.

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        1. re: Will Owen

          Some of us, for one reason or another, prefer boneless. With few exceptions, such as ribs, if I can't eat it, it doesn't belong on my plate. As a child I've choked on a small bone or 2 and learned a lesson. Fish is a good example; if there's one bone in a million pieces, I guarantee you it will be mine.

          1. re: mucho gordo

            If you are a fish eater, a few tiny bones shouldn't scare you.

          2. re: Will Owen

            In their raw chicken dept. I keep hoping Trader Joe's will start offering thighs, bone-in and skin on of course. I buy their drumsticks, but only because that's the best I can do there.

          3. Lipstick on a pig?

            1. I guess it's upscale compared to how KFC normally operates.Can I be totally blunt without getting this comment removed? Everywhere I've ever seen KFC is in extremely poor areas, i.e. you know you're on the "wrong" side of town when you see a KFC.

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              1. re: fara

                Maybe where you live or have been. That's not my experience in Chicago.

                1. re: fara

                  Not where I live. They're scattered in all parts of town, wealthy and poor.

                2. I ate the bones!!! Someone brought a tray of this new boneless concoction to a family dinner today. I will admit I am a KFC fan, however that is based on the 3/4/5 times a year I have it, like today. I'm normally a breast man (fried chicken people stick with the story) but I found the boneless pieces to be indistinguishable. I tried a few pieces of which most seemed to be white meat (mind you I have no idea how you order the new boneless) but unlike the bone in breast, this was noticeably dry. I've always found KFC to be crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, instead this was crispy and dry, very dry, needing a sip or two of your drink to swallow kind of dry. Still good overall flavor but a very noticeable difference to me.

                  1. IMO, the only way KFC will make this work is for them to remove the KFC name from the sign. Naming it "KFC Anything" will always mean KFC. For the upscale concept to work they need to come up with a more upscale name.

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                    1. re: al b. darned

                      Maybe the upscale ones could go back to Kentucky Fried Chicken, like a secret code to the masses of upscalers that are craving a fix.

                    2. I always liked the way Col. Sanders did TV commercials, saying "always fresh, never frozen".

                      1. KFC without Col. Sanders?!