I probably haven''t had Popeye''s in 20 yrs. I can''t even remember what it tasted like.
It is delicious, but my cholesterol levels don''t agree.
Too much crust, too salty, and here in St. Louis the typical types working in the places are likely to sell it to you still frozen.
tastee! glad there isn''t one nearby...
Fingers slip off the keys, R5?
Popeye''s = Good Frickin Chickin
Nah, lost post, R6. I remember eating Popeye''s 25 years ago and back then the chicken was better, juicer and delicious. Maybe fresh, not frozen in those days?
It is still the best franchise chicken around.\
I have worked in a chicken joint (KFC) and I know what goes on in a fast food place.\
I don''t care.\
If I get on death row I want Popeye''s spicy chicken
Love the onion rings
Can you still buy the little side of jalapenos? I haven''t been to a Popeyes in a good 12 years--the last time had to have been in the Lindbergh area of Atlanta.\
I liked to squeeze the peppers over the chicken!
It is good chicken! Not sure if it''s a national thing, but here there is a Tuesday special - 2 pieces for $1. It makes for a cheap, if unhealthy, dinner, but the line is out of control. We got some this week and my boyfriend waited in line for over an hour.
They''re ... okay. Quality of Popeye''s chicken is nothing special. But the same can be said of KFC''s chicken.
I''ve never had it. How does it compare to KFC (both recipes) and Church''s?
Ezell''s Chicken in Seattle. Oprah has it Fed-Exed directly to her mouth.
[quote]If I get on death row I want Popeye''s spicy chicken.\
DLs collapse is complete.
I wonder if anyone on death row ever requested some vegan delicacy as his last meal.
vegan delicacy, what?
Bojangles chicken is so much better.
2 in my area closed down,don''t know why it was always busy. A 2 and a half hour drive is the closet...
What kind of people eat there? What''s typical?
Love that chicken.\
Unfortunatly, the franchise closest to me has their fryer temp set too high, so the chicken is always slightly overcooked. Have to drive and extra 5 minutes to one that does it perfectly, but it''s worth it.\
Their full-size fried shrimp (not the popcorn shrimp) is unbelievable as well.
KFC is nothing compared to Popeye''s, I dont know why they are still in business.
It''s threads like these that illuminate what most of the posters here must look like.\
I prefer Church''s. Church''s isn''t as salty and has a lighter batter. I''m not crazy about the cut of their breast and wing pieces though.
I''m glad this thread is giving the manorexics such a satisfactory thrill of superiority. Yes, it''s true, some of us do prefer a good meal to being able to count our ribs through our skin. Loathsome, I know.\
I agree that Popeyes is far better than KFC. They have better side dishes too (dirty rice!) Though fried chicken is one of those foods that is always better prepared at home by a good cook than in any restaurant.
r25 a good meal is popeyes? Are fucking kidding me?\
It''s lethal shit. This has nothing to do with manorexia. This is about your White Trash and Ghetto Trash eating habits,
25 posts and nobody has mentioned the biscuits?
You guys want great chicken? Come to Kansas City and go to Stroud''s. Been in business since the 30''s and there is still an hour or longer wait for a table during the dinner rush.\
But man, they have great chicken.. served family style along with choice of salad or soup, potatoes, green beans, cream gravy and homemade cinnamon rolls.
I like the seasoning, but they use the scrawniest chickens.
I had to literally put down and back away from the chicken strips. I just can''t afford to eat that kind of food very often.
r30 they probably pump less hormones into their chickens. \
I can just eat their biscuits (with honey) and fries and be satisfied.
The free-floating hostility troll is on manic setting today!
R19: "A 2 and a half hour drive is the closet..."\
Thankfully, you managed to get out of it.
Here in Cali, one must put their life at risk and venture deep into the hood to find a Popeye''s.
I prefer KFC extra crispy to Popeye''s. The skin is more dry, which I like in my fried chicken; Popeye''s is too greasy. \
Popeye''s sides are far superior, though. \
I must agree though that this is food that should be eaten very rarely.
You are making me want to hop in the car and go to Popeye''s this afternoon.
It''s a nice day I can walk it off
There is a Popeye''s about 10 minutes from me but I haven''t eaten there in 15 years.\
All this talk has me interested to give it a try. I had no idea they sold shrimp. I thought it was just chicken.\
What should I order and what sides ?
I don''t think I have ever had a side that WASN''T good but I like their red beans and rice...
Onion Rings. But only if they are fresh. Some of the franchises use frozen.\
My favorite side other than the ORs is the Cajun Rice. In fact, I can eat that and skip the chicken.\
I find the shrimp overcooked.
Popeye''s is ghetto.
R37, I wouldn''t count Chick Fil la. They aren''t a typical chain like KFC or Popeye''s. They do not sell chicken on the bone. In fact, I had some relatives from California go to Chick Fil la not realizing this. \
I like Popeye''s but prefer KFC original.
Forget the chicken. Just give me a couple biscuits, a side order of dirty rice, and a side order of their red beans and rice and I''m happy.\
OK, toss in a couple of wings too, I guess.
[quote]I have worked in a chicken joint (KFC) and I know what goes on in a fast food place.\
I love those biscuits.
I was surprised by how good Chick Fillet is.
"It''s threads like these that illuminate what most of the posters here must look like.\
They didn''t say they ate Popeyes chicken ten times a day, you jackass. Now fuck off, you snotty cunt!
Rice with meat mixed in. Sometimes it''s organ meat but at Popeyes it''s ground beef. And spices. And it''s heavenly. I like the Red Beans and Rice but I live in New Orleans and there''s all kinds of delicious Red Beans and Rice available.
Their Cajun rice and biscuits are delicious! It seems whatever Popeye''s I go to, the service is really slow.
[quote]Onion Rings. But only if they are fresh. Some of the franchises use frozen\
Oh, please. Nothing is fresh in fast food chains. Are you nuts?
r47 dirty rice is pretty much jambalya but not as sticky. Al Copeland started his Popeye''s Chicken franchise in New orleans in the seventies. He went from a poor chicken cook to a very wealthy man in just a few years. There''s a Popeyes on evey street corner in south Louisiana. Maybe that''s one reason we have so many problems with obesity. We are loyal Cajuns. Give us our spicy, greasy Popeye''s anyday over any other chicken place.
Bojangles is the best chicken chain by far. Not only is their chicken great, but their biscuits are so superior so any other chain. No wonder it has a cult following.
People who like Popeye''s obviously don''t have a Bojangles around. Wherever there is Bojangles, Popeye''s is run out of business.
Why did he name it after Popeye?
[quote]Popeye''s is ghetto.\
Yes, thats why the chicken is so good! Popeyes has onion rings?! Why did anybody tell me??
Kennedy Fried Chicken in the Bronx and other outer boroughs is the ghetto-est ghetto fried chicken restaurant. If you see chicken bones on the subway, they''re likely from Kennedy.
Popeye''s Red Beans and Rice is the best. Often copied but never the same.
By "fresh" I mean "not frozen". They used to always be not frozen in New Orleans. Now they only do it as a special. The "not frozen" ones are wonderful and prepared as below. The frozen ones are the same kind you can get in the deep freeze of the supermarket.
The Cajun Rice is NOT Jambalaya! It''s not even close. If you are really cajun R55, you should be ashamed.
Popeyes was named for the reaction you get when you eat it. \
Rolanda, the onion rings are not even listed at the website, nor on the menu, at least not out here. Now you know. But only try them if they aren''t the frozen ones.
[quote]The Cajun Rice is NOT Jambalaya! It''s not even close. If you are really cajun [R55], you should be ashamed\
WTF-describing it as like jambalaya, especially CAJUN jambalaya, brown jambalaya made without tomatoes, is pretty damned accurate. It''s not exactly the same but what the hell would it be more similar to?? Paella?? Rice Pilaf??\
And I''m not 55.
I said it''s LIKE jambalya. I didn''t say it was jambalya. Most people have eaten jambalya at some point in their lives even though they may not be Cajun but very few people know what dirty rice is. Jambalya is about as close to dirty rice as I could explain it. Both are delicious but I rather the stickness of jambalya over dirty rice which is sometimes too dry.\
And as for the person who asked about the name, Al Copeland named his place after Jimmy Popeye Doyle in the movie The French Connection, not after Popeye the cartoon character.
Bojangles has a more authentically Cajun menu. Their dirty rice is incredible.
When Popeye''s first came on the scene, we told my little sister that they made the chicken hot and spicy by force feeding the chickens jalapeno peppers.\
She believed it and told that story for years and years until one of her friends set her straight.\
Does anyone remember Pioneer Chicken? They used to be all over Los Angeles, but now I know of only one, on Sunset Blvd in East Hollywood. I love how crunchy the chicken is when you bite into it. Yummy!
So what is the difference between jambalya, paella and dirty rice? This is all very confusing.
Why isn''t there a Popeyes in Brentwood? Why not???? This makes me sad :(
Bojangles has the best dirty rice. I am going to Maryland to get some now. THey also have those great seasoned french fries.
Anyone remember Brown''s Chicken? That was good. All gone now.
I would have sworn you were correct, R73. I thought sure Brown''s all closed years ago and I read an article about it.\
Much to my surprise they still exist:
Holy shitballs. I didn''t know Coon''s was for real.
There are 2 Popeye''s locations in Portland and they are both on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Just sayin.
I LOVE Popeyes but there isn''t one near me. Always try to stop at one when I travel though.\
Anyone remember Roy Rogers?? Now that place had some good chicken. Most of them closed but last I remember there were a few still open in the Jersey Turnpike rest areas.
They do in New Orleans, R86. They are very popular.
Then I wonder R88 why the NO stores have them and the others do not.\
I am guessing that somehow the New Orleans stores didn''t convey to AFC when Copeland sold out.
You can get fried chicken livers at KFC
Popeye''s can kiss my grits.
I don''t know, R89. I do know Copeland didn''t own them anymore. Maybe there was an uproar here and they put them back on. I know that''s what happened with the onion rings. People had a fit when they went frozen.
R91, no you can''t.
There used to be a Copeland''s restaurant here in Dallas; great food (and, of course, the same biscuits). A tragedy when it closed. Is the one in New Orleans still there?
We have "Chicken Express".\
I order the #1, 4 chicken strips, a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, an extra gravy, and fried okra.\
It''s kinda expensive ($7.99) but SO good.\
The dog generally gets one of the strips.
I haven''t lived on the east coast for more than 25 years, but this thread is making me nostalgic. \
And I still sing the old Popeye''s jingle: "Love that chicken from Popeye''s! That New Orleans spice tastes oh so nice! There''s a party going on in mah mouth!"
Well then, do any of the fried chicken chains have fried chicken livers on their menu?\
Popeye''s does only in the New Orleans area, and there is a dispute among posters here whether KFC does. Perhaps it is a local thing if a KFC store offers them, and not a national thing.\
I like the shrimp po-boys at Popeye''s.
Go Chicken Go is good. But are there any locations in Kansas City other than the one on Troost? A friend was robbed the last time he was there. Has Rockhurst and UMKC cleaned up that area? Is it safe? I did take out when I was in grad school 20 years ago and yes, the chicken was great. That was the last time I was there.
Never mind R87-- I saw your website link.\
This thread is making me miss home (NOLA.) The Popeyes locations here in Austin are just okay. Btw. People always ask why the locations are always located in urban areas-- because that''s where their patrons are, duh. I doubt that many people in Beverly Hills patronize chicken joints on a regular basis.
If you want a change from spicy chicken, Yogi Bear''s honey-fried chicken can''t be beat. Unfortunately, there''s only one location still open, in SC.
Not a chain, but the Broaster Company sold a heck of a lot of their cookers to different restaurants back in the day, and their chicken is pretty darn good. It''s fried in a pressure cooker, and the chicken stays very moist with a crisp breading. \
It''s a real hit ''n miss finding a restaurant that uses the process, but if you see "broasted chicken" on the menu you might give it a try.
When I was a kid the big treat for dinner was broasted chicken from Cubby''s Drive-In. \
"Broasted" always tasted so much more delicious than plain old "fried".
I want me some Bojangles!
It is good stuff. The biscuits and the rice and beans are too salty.
Aside from KFC, each of the top six chicken chains grew business last year. Chick-fil-A grew sales 9% to $3.2 billion, and gained 1.8 market-share points to 20%. Sales were also up at Popeyes, 0.3%, Church''s, 2%, Zaxby''s, 8%, and Bojangles, 8%. Interestingly, El Pollo Loco, which mounted a comparative advertising assault against KFC''s grilled chicken on the West Coast, also suffered sales declines, 7% to $582 million.\
KFC sales, meanwhile, fell 6% to $4.9 billion last year, according to Technomic. The chain also lost 1.7 market-share points. Sales are also down from 2005, when it rang in $5.2 billion. But KFC has also closed 300 locations since then.
There are Copelands all around New Orleans in the burbs. Metairie, Kenner, Gretna. Then there is Cheesecake Bistro and Social City who are just Copeland''s under another name.
There''s enough Popeye''s locations in NYC to keep me from setting foot in a KFC. But if I go down south, it''s Bojangles.
I forgot to mention the KFC buckets do fit better in my Jazzy Scooter''s basket.
R110 admitting she''s fat
There is a Bojangles in NYC.
R103, the Yogi chicken sounds delicious, but most of the comments at their Facebook page complain that the owner changed the recipe for the worse.
There''s a Popeye''s on Vine St. in Hollywood, south of Sunset.
Which Chicken Chain did Precious steal her chicken from?
I ate at Yogi''s about a year ago and it was delicious. Those Facebook comments are disappointing, perhaps the owner will change things for the better.
Don''t think it was a chain r115
So Very Lonely In Kentucky
KFC has fried chicken livers on the menu in Tennessee. You have to wait a few minutes for them because they make them to order.
I always found their chicken too greasy. Last time I bought a piece, yellow fat oozed out of it when I bit it. Almost vomited on the spot.
But the rice and beans is awesome
Their red beans and rice with a biscuit on the side lunch for me about once a month.
R104 & R105, you read my mind. One of my earliest food memories was broasted chicken from a local restaurant chain that no longer serves it because the employees kept on burning themselves on the pressure cookers. Damn, that sure was some crazy good chicken!
I prefer Bojangles
Those fries are gross. Bojangles is best.
Ech. Who would put this poison in their body?
Every fucking thing tastes exactly the same Spicy chicken, spicy fries, spicy shrimp. How about the chicken tasting like fucking chicken.
Has anyone tried their waffle battered tenders yet?
There's someone who types fat that created Kung Pao chicken using popey's nuggets.
It looks more tasty than Panda Express, but my fatness means I've had to give up fast food.
They force feed those poor little chickens Serrano chili pepper flakes at a ratio of 1:1 with regular chicken chow.
Burns their little beaks off over time and cauterizes their little cloacas. Then Popeyes slaughters them.
PETA ought to get on this animal cruelty and shut them down!
I like Popeye's spicy version. Love their Red Beans 'n Rice, and Dirty Rice(and no, don't tell me what's in them) Church's is the best though; unfortunately, all their stores disappeared from around here. Same with White Castle. Why God, why???
Popeye's closed in Greensboro.
They are building more upscale restaurants in suburbs now.
R133: moron typing an oxymoron.
I had a Lonely Planet guidebook to Seoul in which the author thought that Popeye's was a Korean chain, and the "Louisiana" was just an affectation. Wow, what an idiot (popeye's founded by Al Copeland in Arabi, Louisiana in 1972). I think he was fooled because Popeye's seasoning tasted Korean to him.
Popeyes is crushing rivals with a mix of upscale marketing and unapologetically greasy comfort food that customers—and investors—can’t resist.
Cheryl Bachelder used to cringe driving past a Popeyes restaurant. “We looked like an old-fashioned chicken chain from the ’60s. Tired, dirty and slow,” she says.
Not anymore. Seven years after taking over as CEO, Bachelder has proved that high-calorie greasy food can still thrive in America. While the rest of the fast-food industry sputters (even McDonald's has been losing customers the last two years), Bachelder has engineered five straight years of juicy U.S. same-store sales growth. The chain added 126 domestic restaurants in 2013 and is on track to open up to 130 more this year (as rival KFC suffers through its ninth straight year of declining store counts). Investor praise is fawning: Shares are up an eye-popping 950% since the beginning of 2009.
Her secret recipe? Turning a chain of dingy chicken joints into restaurants modeled on “fast casual” darlings like Chipotle and Panera. Fried chicken may not be an upscale product, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sell it like one.
“Popeyes was going to go away,” says Piper Jaffray analyst Nicole Miller Regan. “But if you look today, it’s not even in recovery anymore. It’s all about growth–and that stems from Cheryl coming in and righting the ship.”
Bachelder accepted the top job at Popeyes against the advice of friends. She inherited a mess. Founded in 1972 by Al Copeland in a New Orleans suburb, Popeyes went bankrupt 20 years later after it tried to swallow larger competitor Church’s Chicken. Reorganized as AFC Enterprises (for “America’s Favorite Chicken”), the company added Cinnabon and Seattle’s Best Coffee. But the conglomerate days were short-lived after the Arthur Andersen accounting scandal; AFC had to restate three years of earnings. The other brands were sold off, leaving only Popeyes, long overdue for a makeover.
Popeyes still had loyal customers reciting old commercial taglines–”Love That Chicken!”–and singing the praises of the signature flaky buttermilk biscuits. Superfan Beyoncé reportedly served Popeyes at her wedding. But the business was a disaster, with declining customer counts in a shrinking backwater of the fast-food industry. The restaurants, shabbily adorned with touristy evocations of New Orleans, like street lamps and Mardi Gras beads, didn’t help.
The first goal for Bachelder, an ex-marketing chief at Domino's Pizza and KFC, was to remove the cringe factor. But she hit a wall. Popeyes’ relationship with its franchisees had soured. When Bachelder showed the initial restaurant redesign, franchisees “said, essentially, ‘Hell no,’ ” she recalls. They complained about the “ Salvador Dalí-esque” design and the projected costs. Bachelder admits she was naive to expect frustrated small-business owners to put hundreds of thousands of dollars into failing restaurants.
It took two trying years of negotiations to win them over. In one meeting a veteran franchisee railed against a chicken special, yelling at Bachelder, “You nearly bankrupted the system!”
Her counterpunch: data. With new accounting software in over 1,000 restaurants Bachelder could prove the promotion generated record operating profit. The system tracks restaurant profitability and delivers detailed quarterly reports comparing franchisee results against regional and national averages. Many chains don’t gather such data. “Popeyes is the true poster child for how collaboration produces for both parties,” says Aziz Hashim, a fast-food franchisee in Atlanta for 20 years, who sold off his other stores since coming to Popeyes in 2009.
Patience–and a remodeling effort that topped out at $100,000 per location–paid off. Instead of lawyering up, Popeyes franchisees are upgrading at a rapid rate. The chain will have 80% under the new redesign by the end of this year.
The company’s new name – Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – and its new look embrace Cajun spices and classic Southern fare, a theme pounded home by Popeyes’ first national television ad.