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Popeyes or KFC

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!

by Anonymousreply 18009/02/2016

Popeye's no contest.

KFC has no flavor...just lots of grease. The sides at Popeye's are also 10x better.

by Anonymousreply 107/10/2012

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 Anonymousreply 207/10/2012

Looks great. I can't wait.

by Anonymousreply 307/10/2012

Churchie's. Their batter lets the chicken speak for itself and isn't as salty as Popeye's and is crispier than KFC.

by Anonymousreply 407/10/2012

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 Anonymousreply 507/10/2012

Pope! Yes!

by Anonymousreply 607/10/2012

OP, you type fat.

by Anonymousreply 707/10/2012

KFC = MSG. All the others have it too, but not to the extent of KFC.

by Anonymousreply 807/10/2012

R7 hasn't eaten a thing in 8 days (and his mind is gone).

by Anonymousreply 907/10/2012

Fuck you, R9. I'll have you know I had a Red Bull and five DELICIOUS Tic-Tacs today, thank you!

by Anonymousreply 1007/10/2012

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 Anonymousreply 1107/10/2012


by Anonymousreply 1207/10/2012

Popeye's tastes better and has better biscuits, but it's not conveniently located.

by Anonymousreply 1307/10/2012

Do people actually still eat that shit?

by Anonymousreply 1407/11/2012

Is this the Size 36 Waist thread?

by Anonymousreply 1507/11/2012

Popeye's chicken strips are heavenly!

by Anonymousreply 1607/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 1707/11/2012

Popeye's biscuits can't hold a candle to the ones I make.

by Anonymousreply 1807/11/2012

LtLB -- Do you use lard, too?

I eat silver leaf lard by the spoonful -- better for you than butter! Tastier too.

by Anonymousreply 1907/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2007/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2107/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2207/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 2307/11/2012

R21 Frenchys is damn good!

by Anonymousreply 2407/11/2012

Since I worked at KFC and witnessed some really disgusting things I have to go with Popeyes.

by Anonymousreply 2507/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 2607/11/2012

This thread topic is a PERFECT example of what has happened to this site.

by Anonymousreply 2707/11/2012

And you're still an ass, R26, so what good did it do?

by Anonymousreply 2807/11/2012

How nice R26. Some middle class high school kids actually do work at fast food joints in the real world.

by Anonymousreply 2907/11/2012

I suppose R26 would rather those kids sell crack or weed.

by Anonymousreply 3007/11/2012


[italic] ENOUGH. [/italic]

by Anonymousreply 3107/11/2012

R26 Yes I worked at KFC for my first job. I know, it's soooooo crazy.

by Anonymousreply 3207/11/2012


[italic]PISS OFF.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 3307/11/2012

Tell us, what disgusting things happened while you worked at KFC? We want to know.

by Anonymousreply 3407/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 3507/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 3607/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 3707/11/2012

What is silver leaf lard? Where can i get some?

by Anonymousreply 3807/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 3907/11/2012

The latent racism in this thread is why Data Lounge is dying.

by Anonymousreply 4007/11/2012

However the biscuits at Popeyes are horrid.

by Anonymousreply 4107/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4207/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4307/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4407/11/2012

R34 Where are your tastebuds? They don't use butter but rather a nasty chemical filled margarine.

by Anonymousreply 4507/11/2012

Mary at R44 thinks boiling a bottle of Ragu spaghett sauce is "cooking."

Here in L.A. we have Dinah's! Yay!

by Anonymousreply 4607/11/2012

5'11" and 179 lbs is Carrot Top.

by Anonymousreply 4707/11/2012

FUCK YOU R44. Sanctimonious asshole. That is all.

by Anonymousreply 4807/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 4907/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 5007/11/2012

Don't worry, that actually wasn't a pube in your food:

by Anonymousreply 5107/11/2012

I remember Golden bird...the very definition of BLAND.

by Anonymousreply 5207/11/2012

Actually, 5'11" and 179 lbs is a wee bit smaller than perfect.

by Anonymousreply 5307/11/2012

Really, R48, it's only a chicken, Ingrid.

by Anonymousreply 5407/11/2012

Do you mean "Golden Chick"?

I love their yeast buns and chicken tenders, but yeah, kinda bland.

by Anonymousreply 5507/11/2012

R46, no, I don't, but it is a far better option than take-out greasy chicken.

by Anonymousreply 5607/11/2012

[quote]Really, [R48], it's only a chicken, Ingrid.

Tell that to R44.

by Anonymousreply 5707/11/2012

[quote]Do you mean "Golden Chick"?

Sounds delicious.

by Anonymousreply 5807/11/2012

Church's = Black Folk Chicken

Browns = White Suburban Folk Chicken

Popeyes = Upscale People's Chicken

KFC = Everyone else

by Anonymousreply 5907/11/2012

My favorite is Pioneer Chicken. Old west coast chain. The batter was tempoura. Very good.

by Anonymousreply 6007/11/2012

No lard, just a bit of butter and sour cream!

by Anonymousreply 6107/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6207/11/2012

[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 Anonymousreply 6307/11/2012

I like Crown Chicken, but they all seem to be disappearing in my city. They use a pressure cooker.

by Anonymousreply 6407/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6507/11/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6607/11/2012

My fried chicken is the best. I find all the commercial chicken underseasoned.

I am a true hot mouth.

by Anonymousreply 6707/12/2012

KFC is my favorite food EVER!!!

by Anonymousreply 6807/12/2012

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 Anonymousreply 6907/12/2012

Do you not know, R2, that Popeye's has a "mild" option?? Also, the best cole slaw, red beans & rice & biscuits.

by Anonymousreply 7007/12/2012

The minute I swallow anything from KFC I can literally hear my love handles enlarging

by Anonymousreply 7107/12/2012

I never eat take out

by Anonymousreply 7207/12/2012

Bojangles is the best chicken chain restaurant by far.

by Anonymousreply 7307/13/2012

KFC was founded by the Klan

by Anonymousreply 7407/13/2012

[quote]Bojangles is the best chicken chain restaurant by far.

I LOVE their BOberry biscuits!

by Anonymousreply 7507/13/2012

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 Anonymousreply 7607/13/2012

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 Anonymousreply 7707/13/2012

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 Anonymousreply 7807/13/2012


by Anonymousreply 7904/14/2013

Well, r19, I put a little lavender oil in MY silver leaf lard to make a hair-straightening pomade.

by Anonymousreply 8004/14/2013

BOGANGLES! OMG, so damn good, makes all the others seem like scat.

by Anonymousreply 8104/14/2013

I loathe fast food, but back in the day I used to love Popeyes. KFC tastes like rancid vomit.

by Anonymousreply 8204/14/2013

PS: I've never had anything from Bojangles that didn't practically shatter my teeth every bite. They overcook EVERYTHING.

by Anonymousreply 8304/14/2013

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 Anonymousreply 8404/14/2013

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 Anonymousreply 8504/14/2013

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 Anonymousreply 8604/14/2013

BOjangles is best

by Anonymousreply 8705/10/2013

Neither, they are gross.

If I want good fried chicken I make it myself. Not hard.

by Anonymousreply 8805/10/2013

KFC is everywhere. Popeyes is limited in coverage.

by Anonymousreply 8906/03/2013

KFC sales have slumped lately

by Anonymousreply 9006/15/2013

Did you read this HILARIOUS review of Popeye's "Ripin' Chickin'"?? It's a must-read... I busted out laughing a few times.

by Anonymousreply 9106/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 9206/15/2013

I don't like Popeye's fries. Nasty. Bojangles has the best fries of all chains.

by Anonymousreply 9306/29/2013


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 Anonymousreply 9406/29/2013

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 Anonymousreply 9507/01/2013

Popeyes has nasty fries

by Anonymousreply 9607/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 9707/25/2013

R97 said that as he was munching on a Popeye's breast

by Anonymousreply 9807/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 9908/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 10008/15/2013

KFC's biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy AND chicken pale in comparison to Popeye's.

by Anonymousreply 10108/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 10208/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 10308/15/2013

[quote]You are dirtier than a cheap Vegas whore!

You are SO full of compliments! Thanks, babe!

by Anonymousreply 10408/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 10508/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 10608/15/2013

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 Anonymousreply 10708/15/2013

Neither. A&W's Chubby Chicken -- skin crispy to perfection and tastes wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 10808/15/2013

"Here here!"

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 Anonymousreply 10908/15/2013

Popeyes makes my shitter burn.

by Anonymousreply 11008/15/2013

Sounds like R109 has a crispy drumstick shoved up her ass.

by Anonymousreply 11108/16/2013

KFC hasn't been good since the 1980’s.

by Anonymousreply 11208/16/2013

Popeyes because it's chicken and not genetic shit.

by Anonymousreply 11308/16/2013

Ever since The Colonel died, KFC has gone to shit.

by Anonymousreply 11408/16/2013

Sounds like R111 is an obese guntress who'll soon die of colon cancer.

by Anonymousreply 11508/16/2013

I like to shove a Popeyes chicken into a KFC chicken into a Boston Market chicken, kind of like my own personal Turducken.

by Anonymousreply 11608/16/2013

Newsflash,'ve already got it.

by Anonymousreply 11708/16/2013

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 Anonymousreply 11808/16/2013

How is Zaxby's?

by Anonymousreply 11910/18/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12010/18/2013

i can't believe how many DLers are so cheap and vile as to eat Fast Food!

by Anonymousreply 12110/18/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12210/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 12311/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12411/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 12511/20/2013

Enjoy your colon cancer, fattyfraufags.

by Anonymousreply 12611/20/2013

KFC has vegetables, Popeye's does not.

by Anonymousreply 12701/14/2014

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 Anonymousreply 12801/14/2014

Probably haven't been it either since the mid-eighties.

by Anonymousreply 12901/14/2014

[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 Anonymousreply 13001/14/2014

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 Anonymousreply 13101/14/2014


by Anonymousreply 13205/21/2014

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 Anonymousreply 13305/21/2014

I used to love Bogangles in the Carolinas the best of all, but Popeyes is very good.

by Anonymousreply 13405/21/2014

Wherever one can get a floor show like this to go along with the meal.

by Anonymousreply 13505/21/2014

Bojangles is superior to them all, by far.

by Anonymousreply 13605/21/2014

YAY!!! Bogangles.

by Anonymousreply 13705/21/2014

kfc is slipping

by Anonymousreply 13807/17/2014


by Anonymousreply 13909/15/2014

Don't eat this shit. Find your local soul food place and go there.

by Anonymousreply 14009/15/2014

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 Anonymousreply 14109/16/2014

Bojangles is better than KFC or Popeyes

by Anonymousreply 14209/16/2014

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 Anonymousreply 14309/18/2014

Popeyes. The chicken at KFC always tastes slimy and weird. YuchhH!

by Anonymousreply 14409/18/2014

Commercial at [italics]Sisters

by Anonymousreply 14509/18/2014

Best soul-food/Southern fried chicken:

Busy Bee Cafe and The Colonnade, Atlanta

Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken, Harlem

by Anonymousreply 14609/18/2014

Charles' is bland, not good at all.

by Anonymousreply 14709/18/2014

Remember when Popeys' had a picture of Popye the salior?

by Anonymousreply 14809/18/2014

Stroud's, Kansas City, Missouri. End of thread.

by Anonymousreply 14909/18/2014

I thought the Colonnade was closed.

by Anonymousreply 15009/20/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 15112/02/2014

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 Anonymousreply 15201/26/2015

The demise of the fast food chains cannot come soon enough.

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by Anonymousreply 15401/26/2015

Green beans are good at KFC

by Anonymousreply 15504/27/2015

Chik fil a

by Anonymousreply 15604/27/2015

R152 Oh, brother.....

by Anonymousreply 15704/27/2015

R151 is far worse. He's absolutely boring me to tears. I'm leaking all over my KFC.

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by Anonymousreply 15904/27/2015

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 Anonymousreply 16004/27/2015

I think this thread caused the Baltimore riots, y'all.

by Anonymousreply 16104/27/2015

Church's by far my fave

by Anonymousreply 16204/27/2015

They're all toxic and will give you lower class broods heart disease, so it's a good thing.

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by Anonymousreply 16404/27/2015

A tough vote for all the fatties.

by Anonymousreply 16504/28/2015

KFC by far

by Anonymousreply 16601/25/2016

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 Anonymousreply 16701/25/2016

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 Anonymousreply 16801/26/2016

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 Anonymousreply 16901/26/2016

Bojangles is superior

by Anonymousreply 17001/26/2016

Browns Chicken.

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by Anonymousreply 17409/02/2016

[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 Anonymousreply 17509/02/2016

[quote] Bojangles is superior

Bojangles has the Cajun-style spices no other chicken chain has, but sadly they are only in the Southeast.

by Anonymousreply 17609/02/2016

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 Anonymousreply 17709/02/2016

Is Popeye the sailor related to this Popeyes in anyway?

by Anonymousreply 17809/02/2016

Bojangles is in DC and Maryland

by Anonymousreply 17909/02/2016

Bojangles has great sides

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