Who is your favorite go-to for fast food chicken? For me, it's Popeyes. Their chicken is always crunchy and flavorful, and their biscuits are to die for!
Popeyes or KFC
|by Anonymous||reply 180||09/02/2016|
Popeye's no contest.
KFC has no flavor...just lots of grease. The sides at Popeye's are also 10x better.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/10/2012|
Popeyes has a spicy flavor that I don't care for. My favorite is KFC original recipe with some beans, coleslaw, and a biscuit.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/10/2012|
Looks great. I can't wait.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/10/2012|
Churchie's. Their batter lets the chicken speak for itself and isn't as salty as Popeye's and is crispier than KFC.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/10/2012|
Agree Church's. But where do all these chicken chains get their miniature chickens? If a few years, a drumstick will just have 3 bites. By the way they now have copycat recipes on line.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/10/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/10/2012|
OP, you type fat.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/10/2012|
KFC = MSG. All the others have it too, but not to the extent of KFC.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/10/2012|
R7 hasn't eaten a thing in 8 days (and his mind is gone).
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/10/2012|
Fuck you, R9. I'll have you know I had a Red Bull and five DELICIOUS Tic-Tacs today, thank you!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/10/2012|
KFC got rid of all the dipping sauces that didn't suck (primarily the honey mustard, but also the buffalo sauce). I've tried all their remaining sauces and they all suck.
They do have the best chicken tenders, but in general, I prefer Popeyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/10/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/10/2012|
Popeye's tastes better and has better biscuits, but it's not conveniently located.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/10/2012|
Do people actually still eat that shit?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/11/2012|
Is this the Size 36 Waist thread?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/11/2012|
Popeye's chicken strips are heavenly!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/11/2012|
[quote]Is this the Size 36 Waist thread?
You seem to be lost. The thread for shorter and scrawnier men like you is on page two.
The secret to Popeye's biscuits is good old-fashioned lard.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/11/2012|
Popeye's biscuits can't hold a candle to the ones I make.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/11/2012|
LtLB -- Do you use lard, too?
I eat silver leaf lard by the spoonful -- better for you than butter! Tastier too.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/11/2012|
Popeyes heightens the heat of their fried chicken by having their suppliers add dried chili peppers to their chicken feed.
Systemic spiciness is cheaper/easier to achieve than added heat in the soaking and breading prior to deep frying.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/11/2012|
Popeyes. For a fast food joint their red beans and rice are very good. Sometimes that's all I get.
There is a place down here called Frenchys that I'd like to try. It's been in business in the same building since the 40's I think. I've never had it but their fried chicken is supposed to be fabulous. The neighborhood is a sketchy one in a mainly black dominated area but supposedly worth the trip.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/11/2012|
Actually, Roy Rogers has them ALL beat but they're very hard to find these days. There's one near 34th street in NYC. They used to be all over the place when I was a kid though. Perfect crispiness. I love when the skin is so crispy that there is an audible crunch to it. Plus it's perfectly seasoned. Not too spicy, salty or greasy.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/11/2012|
Popeyes is so so very
KFC extra crispy is nice
Church's sucks the meat, but their fried ocra is simply to die for. I mean I am talking MURDER ONE
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/11/2012|
R21 Frenchys is damn good!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/11/2012|
Since I worked at KFC and witnessed some really disgusting things I have to go with Popeyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/11/2012|
[quote]Since I worked at KFC and witnessed some really disgusting things
The disgusting things were done by the loser who worked at KFC. Seriously how ghetto fab with tats are you that you can't even find a job in a department store.
I was 16 and I had a job in a hospital answering the phone and my friends worked at Saks and Macy's
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/11/2012|
This thread topic is a PERFECT example of what has happened to this site.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/11/2012|
And you're still an ass, R26, so what good did it do?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/11/2012|
How nice R26. Some middle class high school kids actually do work at fast food joints in the real world.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/11/2012|
I suppose R26 would rather those kids sell crack or weed.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/11/2012|
[italic] ENOUGH. [/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/11/2012|
R26 Yes I worked at KFC for my first job. I know, it's soooooo crazy.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/11/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/11/2012|
Tell us, what disgusting things happened while you worked at KFC? We want to know.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/11/2012|
[quote]The neighborhood is a sketchy one in a mainly black dominated area but supposedly worth the trip.
Was this part of your summation at all necessary?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/11/2012|
[quote]This thread topic is a PERFECT example of what has happened to this site.
I know. It's an example of how GREAT the site has become. If you were meaning the opposite, then fuck off already.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/11/2012|
[quote]I was 16 and I had a job in a hospital answering the phone and my friends worked at Saks and Macy's
Yes, because there are literally HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of those kinds of jobs, amirite?
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/11/2012|
What is silver leaf lard? Where can i get some?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/11/2012|
I prefer Lee's, started by Col. Sanders' brother. Next in line would be Popeye's. KFC inevitably makes me ill.
And no, you don't have to have a fat ass to post on this thread. Moderation and exercise allows anyone to have some decent fried chicken every once in a while.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/11/2012|
The latent racism in this thread is why Data Lounge is dying.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/11/2012|
However the biscuits at Popeyes are horrid.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/11/2012|
What kind of taste do you have if you call Popeye's golden, buttery, fluffy biscuits horrid? R41's tastebuds are in his ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/11/2012|
Wow. I'm surprised with the poll results. I haven't had either in ages, but about 10-15 years ago in Chicago, Popeyes was awful. It was greasier and never failed to give heartburn. KFC was much better.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/11/2012|
I pity you dumb-cunts who can't even boil a pot of spaghetti and some sauce, or are so fucked-up "busy" that you only eat take-out.
Stop. Get a life. and start to cook. You'll be a better person, healthier, happier and ultimately, not such a loser like OP
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/11/2012|
R34 Where are your tastebuds? They don't use butter but rather a nasty chemical filled margarine.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/11/2012|
Mary at R44 thinks boiling a bottle of Ragu spaghett sauce is "cooking."
Here in L.A. we have Dinah's! Yay!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/11/2012|
5'11" and 179 lbs is Carrot Top.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/11/2012|
FUCK YOU R44. Sanctimonious asshole. That is all.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/11/2012|
Both delicious just make sure to eat it in the bathroom to cut down on the time it will take you to make it to the bowl.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/11/2012|
Golden Bird. Not sure if they're still around, tho. And even if they are, not sure if it's still the same. But at one time they had the best fried chicken, hands down.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/11/2012|
Don't worry, that actually wasn't a pube in your food:
|by Anonymous||reply 51||07/11/2012|
I remember Golden bird...the very definition of BLAND.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||07/11/2012|
Actually, 5'11" and 179 lbs is a wee bit smaller than perfect.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||07/11/2012|
Really, R48, it's only a chicken, Ingrid.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||07/11/2012|
Do you mean "Golden Chick"?
I love their yeast buns and chicken tenders, but yeah, kinda bland.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||07/11/2012|
R46, no, I don't, but it is a far better option than take-out greasy chicken.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||07/11/2012|
[quote]Really, [R48], it's only a chicken, Ingrid.
Tell that to R44.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||07/11/2012|
[quote]Do you mean "Golden Chick"?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||07/11/2012|
Church's = Black Folk Chicken
Browns = White Suburban Folk Chicken
Popeyes = Upscale People's Chicken
KFC = Everyone else
|by Anonymous||reply 59||07/11/2012|
My favorite is Pioneer Chicken. Old west coast chain. The batter was tempoura. Very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||07/11/2012|
No lard, just a bit of butter and sour cream!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||07/11/2012|
I don't eat either because I hate being fat but I used to work for KFC and know what goes on behind the scenes so if I had to pick one, it'd be Popeyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||07/11/2012|
[quote]I pity you dumb-cunts who can't even boil a pot of spaghetti and some sauce, or are so fucked-up "busy" that you only eat take-out. Stop. Get a life. and start to cook. You'll be a better person, healthier, happier and ultimately, not such a loser like OP
Do you really think high carb pasta coated in tomato sauce is any healthier? Seriously? You are stupid.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||07/11/2012|
I like Crown Chicken, but they all seem to be disappearing in my city. They use a pressure cooker.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||07/11/2012|
I'm confused...what has boiling spaghetti and sauce got to do with frying chicken.
I guess when r44 wants salmon he grills a cheese sandwich and opens a jar of pickles.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||07/11/2012|
R63 do not assume facts that were not given. He did not mention tomatoes, he said 'some sauce'. He could be referring to pistachio pesto for all you know.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||07/11/2012|
My fried chicken is the best. I find all the commercial chicken underseasoned.
I am a true hot mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||07/12/2012|
KFC is my favorite food EVER!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 68||07/12/2012|
We showed this thread to our cook, Sadie. She snorted, because she knows, as do we, that she makes the best fried chicken and this commercial crap isn't fit for wharf rats.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||07/12/2012|
Do you not know, R2, that Popeye's has a "mild" option?? Also, the best cole slaw, red beans & rice & biscuits.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||07/12/2012|
The minute I swallow anything from KFC I can literally hear my love handles enlarging
|by Anonymous||reply 71||07/12/2012|
I never eat take out
|by Anonymous||reply 72||07/12/2012|
Bojangles is the best chicken chain restaurant by far.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||07/13/2012|
KFC was founded by the Klan
|by Anonymous||reply 74||07/13/2012|
[quote]Bojangles is the best chicken chain restaurant by far.
I LOVE their BOberry biscuits!
|by Anonymous||reply 75||07/13/2012|
I tried Popeye's Butterfly shrimp and fries once. It had ZERO flavor, there wasn't any spice at all. It wasn't like the commercials. I was at least expecting a little bit of spice considering that's a big thing with them. Their chicken is good though.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||07/13/2012|
I've had the new Popeyes Zatarain's shrimp twice in the last week. It's not bad when it's fresh. It's really crunchy, and the lemon/garlic dipping sauce they give you is really good.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||07/13/2012|
Well I'm willing to try it again R77, maybe the Zatarain's will help. I don't think there was any special spices on the batch of shrimp I got.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||07/13/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 79||04/14/2013|
Well, r19, I put a little lavender oil in MY silver leaf lard to make a hair-straightening pomade.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||04/14/2013|
BOGANGLES! OMG, so damn good, makes all the others seem like scat.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||04/14/2013|
I loathe fast food, but back in the day I used to love Popeyes. KFC tastes like rancid vomit.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||04/14/2013|
PS: I've never had anything from Bojangles that didn't practically shatter my teeth every bite. They overcook EVERYTHING.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||04/14/2013|
Haven't had fried chicken in years, but during my 80s youth Sisters Fried Chicken was my favorite hangover food. Good dirty rice and yummy biscuits, and tender, non-greasy chicken. I don't know why that chain failed when the gross Church's continued to grow.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||04/14/2013|
The Popeyes store in my neck of the woods is so badly run that they have actually run out of chicken … at noon.
And they never have spicy fried and ready. I think the manager doesn't like it or something. If you want spicy Popeyes chicken, then you have to wait 15-20 minutes while they fry it.
I think they must be on something like "corporate probation."
Needless to say, I stopped going there.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||04/14/2013|
Here's a hilarious news report on people who descended in droves on a Minneapolis Popeye's seeking a nationally advertised special, only to find out that the store wasn't participating.
"I'm in a cab from Burnsville" will be funny to anyone who's lived in MPLS.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||04/14/2013|
BOjangles is best
|by Anonymous||reply 87||05/10/2013|
Neither, they are gross.
If I want good fried chicken I make it myself. Not hard.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||05/10/2013|
KFC is everywhere. Popeyes is limited in coverage.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||06/03/2013|
KFC sales have slumped lately
|by Anonymous||reply 90||06/15/2013|
Did you read this HILARIOUS review of Popeye's "Ripin' Chickin'"?? It's a must-read... I busted out laughing a few times.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||06/15/2013|
OP is yet another slithering Shilly McFraucunt.
Your gunt stinks like the ammonia-shit-filled pens for brainless herded tortured hens that these corrupt toxic corporate cunts spew out in the mini-malls of America.
You are all that stinks.
You are feces piled upon feces.
You are dirtier than a cheap Vegas whore.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||06/15/2013|
I don't like Popeye's fries. Nasty. Bojangles has the best fries of all chains.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||06/29/2013|
Here's a link describing leaf lard.
If you find a source for leaf lard you let me know. I can't find it and I am in NYC
|by Anonymous||reply 94||06/29/2013|
I prefer Popeyes - especially the spicy chicken. Unfortunately, the Popeyes in my neighbourhood closed recently so I ended up at KFC. I can't believe how salty it is. The over-riding taste is sodium. I wish they would reopen a Popeyes
|by Anonymous||reply 95||07/01/2013|
Popeyes has nasty fries
|by Anonymous||reply 96||07/25/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 97||07/25/2013|
R97 said that as he was munching on a Popeye's breast
|by Anonymous||reply 98||07/25/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 99||08/15/2013|
I think Popeye's is best, love the Red Beans 'n Rice and also the Dirty Rice( I don't care what's in it, thank you very much)The chicken itself is shattering-ly toothsome. Biscuits are a tad salty though. YEARS AGO you could get a little packet of some sort of seasoning to sprinkle over your food, it was called "Cajun Sparkle" or"Popeye's Sprinkle", something like that. It DID amp up the flavor. Used to love Church's, but they all went belly up in my city. KFC? Wouldn't give you a dollar for a truckload of it. I remember fondly when I was in the service, a roommate and I would frequently go to a local drive-in movie, even in the Winter, and when it rained, each with a bucket of some local, no name fried chicken. And some Dr. Pepper too. Ahhh.... good times. Fat then, fat now.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||08/15/2013|
KFC's biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy AND chicken pale in comparison to Popeye's.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||08/15/2013|
OP is yet another slithering Shilly McFraucunt.
Your gunt stinks like the ammonia-shit-filled pens for brainless herded tortured hens that these corrupt toxic corporate cunts spew out in the mini-malls of America.
You are all that stinks.
You are feces piled upon feces.
You are dirtier than a cheap Vegas whore!
|by Anonymous||reply 102||08/15/2013|
How about neither? KFC's chicken has a texture that isn't like any other fried chicken I've had. There's something off about it...can't even describe it.
When I was a child, my dad brought us home a bucket of chicken on his way home from work. It was bloody and raw on the inside.
The potatoes are not fresh. They are just made with processed potato flakes and they are very, very high in sodium.
I won't eat any of it anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||08/15/2013|
[quote]You are dirtier than a cheap Vegas whore!
You are SO full of compliments! Thanks, babe!
|by Anonymous||reply 104||08/15/2013|
I myself liked Famous Recipe --- the Colonel and his son in law started that in about 66 when he sold his interest in KFC --- its was more flavorful and their extra crispy was really unique tasting --- and a local chain Mr Chicken ---- Im a cole slaw, biscuit, and baked bean fan, but make my own beans....
|by Anonymous||reply 105||08/15/2013|
Here here! Lee's Famous Recipe is good. Church's was da bomb, getting a jalapeno pepper with GIANT wings! Oh the memories.....sigh
|by Anonymous||reply 106||08/15/2013|
I haven't been to a Popeye's in over 20 years, but I remember I really liked it. I'm sure it was full of sodium and lots of unnecessary fat, but you expect that from most fast food.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||08/15/2013|
Neither. A&W's Chubby Chicken -- skin crispy to perfection and tastes wonderful.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||08/15/2013|
Where? Where? Hmm, you stupid illiterate cuntress junk food addict?
The phrase is, "Hear, hear!" as in I hear you!
Of course, no one needs to hear anything you have to say, you grease-drooling fat-gulping frauphag.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||08/15/2013|
Popeyes makes my shitter burn.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||08/15/2013|
Sounds like R109 has a crispy drumstick shoved up her ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||08/16/2013|
KFC hasn't been good since the 1980’s.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||08/16/2013|
Popeyes because it's chicken and not genetic shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||08/16/2013|
Ever since The Colonel died, KFC has gone to shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||08/16/2013|
Sounds like R111 is an obese guntress who'll soon die of colon cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||08/16/2013|
I like to shove a Popeyes chicken into a KFC chicken into a Boston Market chicken, kind of like my own personal Turducken.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||08/16/2013|
Newsflash, R115...you've already got it.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||08/16/2013|
BREAKING: R104, 111, 117, etc, etc, is another fraucunt shitbag white trash turd-licking corporate whore who guzzles down toxic chain food as if she were a Times restaurant critic!
Hey, cuntessa, you left your cooze spawn in the minivan once again!
|by Anonymous||reply 118||08/16/2013|
How is Zaxby's?
|by Anonymous||reply 119||10/18/2013|
Popeye's has just expanded in our city. I have gone to two different stores. The first took a long time and the spicy wasn't very spicy. The second one took even longer to wait on me and then they told me they didn't have any of the spicy. About a week later as a comparison I went to a KFC and the service was fast. Food is ok. I don't have chicken out very often as I make it better at home but I doubt I'll go to Popeye's again.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||10/18/2013|
i can't believe how many DLers are so cheap and vile as to eat Fast Food!
|by Anonymous||reply 121||10/18/2013|
I remember a lengthy debate about the merits of KFC v Popeye's v Church's v Hartz. I was a patient in a locked psych ward at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||10/18/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 123||11/20/2013|
I've been to Popeye's a couple of times since they opened stores here and I'm through with them. Once they had no spicy chicken available. recently I went in to try their crawfish dinner. When I got my basket there was no horseradish sauce as advertised. "Oh we're out of it. They were supposed to tell you that when you ordered." They didn't. I had to ask for an alternative, they didn't even offer anything else. I'm done going there.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||11/20/2013|
Church's hands down. Theirs is crispier and less fatty than KFC, while juicier and twice as big compared to Popeye's. Also, pickled jalapenos and fried okras.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||11/20/2013|
Enjoy your colon cancer, fattyfraufags.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||11/20/2013|
KFC has vegetables, Popeye's does not.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||01/14/2014|
My favorite hangover food in college came from Sister's Fried Chicken, a chain that I think was owned by Wendy's. They had the best dirty rice.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||01/14/2014|
Probably haven't been it either since the mid-eighties.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||01/14/2014|
[quote]KFC has vegetables
What are these "vegetables" you speak of?
I'll second Sisters Chicken and Biscuits. Good stuff, especially the spicy chicken. The mashed potatoes were the best ever in fast food. And their catfish was good, too. Where did you go to college, R128? Columbus, OH?
|by Anonymous||reply 130||01/14/2014|
The comments about KFC's and Popeye's failings are right, but as with everything you have to go to a decent spot. And not all the urban ones are bearable, unfortunately. I've had frozen Popeye's and rubber KFC served. Church's seems the most reliable, although my experience goes over years.
Nowadays, in St. Louis, I go to Porter's! It's great.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||01/14/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 132||05/21/2014|
Food shills should all die in a grease fire, but since they're doing the same thing to their intestines, that wish is redundant.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||05/21/2014|
I used to love Bogangles in the Carolinas the best of all, but Popeyes is very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||05/21/2014|
Wherever one can get a floor show like this to go along with the meal.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||05/21/2014|
Bojangles is superior to them all, by far.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||05/21/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 137||05/21/2014|
kfc is slipping
|by Anonymous||reply 138||07/17/2014|
|by Anonymous||reply 139||09/15/2014|
Don't eat this shit. Find your local soul food place and go there.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||09/15/2014|
R140 my local soul Place is Sylvia's with the blandest nastiest fried chicken on the planet.
Give me Popeye's but keep those margarine dipped biscuits and their nasty chemical taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||09/16/2014|
Bojangles is better than KFC or Popeyes
|by Anonymous||reply 142||09/16/2014|
Shares of Yum (YUM) fell in early trading after the company disclosed in a regulatory filing late Wednesday that same-store sales in the company's China division plunged 13% in the quarter that ended in August.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||09/18/2014|
Popeyes. The chicken at KFC always tastes slimy and weird. YuchhH!
|by Anonymous||reply 144||09/18/2014|
Commercial at [italics]Sisters
|by Anonymous||reply 145||09/18/2014|
Best soul-food/Southern fried chicken:
Busy Bee Cafe and The Colonnade, Atlanta
Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken, Harlem
|by Anonymous||reply 146||09/18/2014|
Charles' is bland, not good at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||09/18/2014|
Remember when Popeys' had a picture of Popye the salior?
|by Anonymous||reply 148||09/18/2014|
Stroud's, Kansas City, Missouri. End of thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||09/18/2014|
I thought the Colonnade was closed.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||09/20/2014|
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 campaign, which introduced spokes-character Annie, the straight-talkin’ African-American chef.
The tag trickles down to restaurants, where signs tout Louisiana’s “uniquely American cuisine” and glass jars filled with chili peppers decorate pantry racks. Bone-in chicken delivers 60% of Popeyes’ sales, while boneless is the choice of people under 30, the group Bachelder wants to woo for lunchtime visits. A recent success is tenders fried in waffle batter. Limited-time offers drive traffic–boneless chicken sales are up 100% since 2008, and a new fried seafood push is also performing well.
So is the home office. It netted $35.4 million on $221.5 million in revenue over the most recent four quarters, compared with $33.6 million on $194.7 million a year earlier.
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Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan has stopped selling fries as a U.S. labor dispute that has crimped vital potato exports from the West Coast took another bite out of the Japanese fast food market.
The chain became the latest casualty of a chip shortage that forced McDonald’s Japan to temporarily ration servings.
“Due to the prolonged dockworkers’ disputes on the United States West Coast, it has become difficult to secure stable supplies of potatoes,” the firm said in a statement dated Thursday.
“The company will halt the sales of potatoes temporarily until a stable supply becomes available.”
Chip troubles for “The Colonel” came after McDonald’s Japan said last month it had airlifted in more than 1,000 tons of potatoes and had arranged an emergency shipment via an unusual sea route.
The airlift eased the shortage, which had forced the chain to limit customers to small servings of fries.
That came after the operator of the Gusto restaurant chain said it planned to airlift in around 200 tons of french fries to avoid running short.
Dockworkers on the West Coast are reportedly in the midst of a go-slow campaign and have not been providing full crews for months in a bid to gain leverage in labor negotiations with employers.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||01/26/2015|
The demise of the fast food chains cannot come soon enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||01/26/2015|
CHICK FIL A
|by Anonymous||reply 154||01/26/2015|
Green beans are good at KFC
|by Anonymous||reply 155||04/27/2015|
Chik fil a
|by Anonymous||reply 156||04/27/2015|
R152 Oh, brother.....
|by Anonymous||reply 157||04/27/2015|
R151 is far worse. He's absolutely boring me to tears. I'm leaking all over my KFC.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||04/27/2015|
EXTRA KRISPY, Y'ALL!
|by Anonymous||reply 159||04/27/2015|
I stopped going to KFC when they raised their prices for a box of chicken. At Popeye's you can get 8-10 pieces for around $12. But KFC wants $20 for a box of chicken.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||04/27/2015|
I think this thread caused the Baltimore riots, y'all.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||04/27/2015|
Church's by far my fave
|by Anonymous||reply 162||04/27/2015|
They're all toxic and will give you lower class broods heart disease, so it's a good thing.
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|by Anonymous||reply 164||04/27/2015|
A tough vote for all the fatties.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||04/27/2015|
KFC by far
|by Anonymous||reply 166||01/25/2016|
I don't like fried chicken. All I taste is the grease. I don't like fast food either, especially hamburgers from any fast food place. McDonald's hamburgrs are very suspect to me. The meat doesn't even taste like meat, and the smell is horrible.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||01/25/2016|
I had Popeye's tonight (and I was happy to see it in Dubai). The one near me is clean, the workers are friendly and the food's always hot. I've always found that it pulverizes KFC (which is popular in any number of countries). Obviously it's not the healthiest stuff, but it's an excellent occasional indulgence.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||01/26/2016|
I tried Popeye's a couple of times and the restaurants were very poorly run. Slow service. They were out of the spicy chicken one time and another they had an advertised special that had some special sauce and they were out of the sauce. When I got my meal, there was no sauce so I asked for it and that's when I was told they were out. Needless to say, I won't go there again.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||01/26/2016|
Bojangles is superior
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|by Anonymous||reply 174||09/02/2016|
[quote] FUCK YOU [R44]. Sanctimonious asshole. That is all.
The assholes are the ones who use the word "sanctimonious" as a pejorative when it's obvious that some people need and deserve to be preached to.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||09/02/2016|
[quote] Bojangles is superior
Bojangles has the Cajun-style spices no other chicken chain has, but sadly they are only in the Southeast.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||09/02/2016|
I rarely have either but we used to have KFC fairly often when I was growing up in the 80s and it was good. Every time I have it now it's just a pile of grease.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||09/02/2016|
Is Popeye the sailor related to this Popeyes in anyway?
|by Anonymous||reply 178||09/02/2016|
Bojangles is in DC and Maryland
|by Anonymous||reply 179||09/02/2016|
Bojangles has great sides
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