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Chik Fil A coming to towamencin

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givemecarbs Aug 19, 2013 03:19 PM

Was grabbing my corn from Frankenfield when I spied a sign for a free standing chik fil a right next to the new shopping center that killed off the old center next door. Not sure how long it will be til they get it built.

  1. crazyspice Aug 19, 2013 06:13 PM

    Is Chik Fil A good? I have never been there.

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      givemecarbs Aug 19, 2013 09:39 PM

      Well for fast food it is not bad crazy. I was just surprised to see the sign. I feel sorry for the Boston Market or whatever that has managed to hang on just down the road.
      I remember the original The Store in that general area when that was the only place around. Boy they had everything though.
      Since someone brought up McDonalds I read on the Distorter online that the shut down lansdale location is soon to be a laundromat.

    2. Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 09:13 PM

      Is Chik Fil A related to Chick-Fil-A? If not, what is it? Can you fill us in? If it is the same thing, then is it really a big deal that a Chick-Fil-A is opening? I like Chick-Fil-A, but it is kind of like saying McDonald is opening at X location.

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        Bob Loblaw Aug 20, 2013 05:29 AM

        Hmmm... perhaps my life partner and I will head out that way one Sunday for lunch. ;-)

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          MainLiner Aug 20, 2013 08:18 AM

          Didn't they backtrack on their ant-gay stance? Seems to me their popularity rating took a nosedive, and the management recanted.. Similar stuff to Poppa John and his "Obamacare" rant to cut employee hours so as not to pay health benefits.

          I think Chick-Fil-A is among the better fast food alternatives out there. Frankly, though, it's not THAT hard to find substitutes if you don't agree with their politics. I don't know why mass-food producers seem to feel it necessary to make their views known on a public stage....

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            givemecarbs Aug 20, 2013 10:06 AM

            I know u are kidding he he Bob but they have just started building and they do lose a lot of money by not being open on sundays. My friend John won't eat there either.
            Last winter their peppermint shakes just owned me. So tasty.

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              Bob Loblaw Aug 20, 2013 12:48 PM

              i've never actually eaten at one. i stopped eating fast food w/ any regularity a long time ago, after eating at a BK where the broiler or whatever was in site of the counter. that was 87, only had fast food a handful of times since. mind you, this is thousands of gallons of ice cream, pastries, etc., ago. i eat plenty of food that's bad for you, and plenty of 'industrial' food, just don't really like fast food. burrito places excepted. though i have been meaning to try popeye's.

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                Chemicalkinetics Aug 20, 2013 01:01 PM

                Popeye is interesting. I have only eaten there twice in my life. Once, probably 10 years ago. Most recently, I tried it like 2 months ago. It is different than KFC. The breading is more crispy a lot more.

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                  Bigley9 Aug 20, 2013 01:19 PM

                  Popeye's is the only fast food I ever eat - but I eat their red beans and rice and greens. (I used to eat at taco bell but I live by the Italian market so no more, and I gave up Chik fil a for political reasons)

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                    Chemicalkinetics Aug 20, 2013 01:30 PM

                    If Popeye is to KFC, then what is to Chick-Fil-A? Does it has a serious competitor?

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                      cwdonald Aug 20, 2013 01:44 PM

                      On sheer volume of chicken sandwiches its probably McDonalds, Wendys and Burger King... though you could argue that KFC is also because it only sells chicken.

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                        MainLiner Aug 20, 2013 01:49 PM

                        Popeye's is famous for it BONE-A-FIDE chicken.. Where other places are going skinless/boneless/grilled etc. Popeyes is traditional FRIED chicken (though they do have boneless and "naked" - unbreaded options. They are among my guilty pleasures where fast food is concerned. The chicken is CRISPY (unlike KFC which can be downright SOGGY and greasy.) The Red Beans and rice, though inauthentic from NOLA standards, and redolent with liquid smoke, is still the finest side available in a fast food joint. The service can be iffy if there are no adult managers. Unless I know the place (like the Haverford Ave and City Line store) for a year, I go through every item by hand before taking it to the car. It shouldn't be rocket science to tell a breast from a wing, or include Cajun mustard, but apparently it requires a modicum of skill. I do like the lemonade at Chick-fil-A. The waffle fries would be great too if they were crisper.

                        Popeye's actually marinates the chicken in spices.. it's not just in the breading. I hate to stink up the house with oil, so it's my go-to fried chicken when I need a fix.

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                          Chemicalkinetics Aug 20, 2013 02:18 PM

                          Thanks guys.

                          Mainliner,

                          < The chicken is CRISPY (unlike KFC which can be downright SOGGY and greasy.) >

                          I don't eat at KFC or Popeye very often. Therefore, after my last Popeye's visit, I intentionally did a back-to-back visit to KFC (within 1 week). Popeye chicken is indeed crispier. However, I also heard that KFC seasoning is deeper, whereas Popey's seasoning is only on the surface.

                          <The Red Beans and rice>

                          I had that one too when I got stuck in the airport. I actually liked it.

                          <Popeye's actually marinates the chicken in spices.. it's not just in the breading. >

                          See, that is exactly the opposite I heard.

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                            MainLiner Aug 21, 2013 05:07 AM

                            From what I have read, they actually BRINE the chicken with cayenne. A guess there is a distinction between brining and marinating. I know I have had the Po' boy with "naked" chicken and it was pretty tasty, so it can;t all be in the breading.

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                      givemecarbs Aug 20, 2013 06:17 PM

                      Once last spring my friend and I got fried chicken and biscuits at Popeyes to go and then drove quickly to the KFC nearby just for the potato wedges to go with. Took it all home for a feast. Of course I got the red beans and rice as well.

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                  Philly Ray Aug 21, 2013 08:54 AM

                  It isn't just the food that makes me love Chick-fil-A. They have great service. At the one on Columbus Blvd in Philly, they will sometimes bring the food to your table after you have ordered and found a seat. A manager is also usually roaming the restaurant asking people how everything is and offering refills on drinks.

                  My favorite experience was the time I was sitting near a window as the sun was setting and eventually, the sun glare was hitting me right in the face. The manager came over, lowered the shade on the window, and said to me, "I'm sorry that someone didn't do that sooner." Do you think that would EVER happen at a McDonald's?

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                    givemecarbs Aug 21, 2013 10:42 AM

                    I ended up stopping for a quick lunch on one of the worst days of my life Philly Ray at the warrington Chick Fil A. I was not going to enjoy the meal much no matter what, but the attentive service and quality food made it so I didn't feel even worse. There was a manager roaming around seeing to things there also. I remember how grateful I felt that at least nothing else went wrong.
                    I usually get a classic chicken sandwich, waffle fries and slaw but most times it's all about the shake. When I hit Montgomery Mall when the heat is on a shake is almost irresistible. I wish the peppermint shakes were available year round and that they would bring back sweet potato waffle fries.

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