What''s so great about KFC?
Can someone tell me what is so great about KFC? I eat here and I like eating here but have traveled all over the world and can't say KFC is better than, say, Popeye's or Churches yet if you try and compare the two you get people jumping down your throat lambasting you for suggesting that KFC is not "The Greatest Chicken in the World"
What exactly makes it the greatest chicken in the world?
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/30/2014|
It is most definitely not "great." It's pretty nasty as far as fast food fried chicken goes; I would even go so far as to say it is about the same quality as Swanson frozen entree fried chicken! There is no comparing KFC with the relatively delicious Popeye's and Church's fried chicken. I guess those people who assert KFC is the best must also love McDonald's.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/23/2010|
I've only been to KFC once - it was very greasy.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/23/2010|
OP and R1 must be some kind of freaks.
KFC is the greatest chicken in the world.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/23/2010|
You need to expand your circle of friends, OP. I've never met anyone who gives two shits about KFC.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/23/2010|
Has anyone tried their whole fried chicken? I saw someone eating it and was like WTF, how did they get so many pieces in their meal?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/23/2010|
A lonnnnnng long time ago (like 25 years ago or more) KFC was edible. Now it's nasty. Won't go near the stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/23/2010|
[quote]yet if you try and compare the two you get people jumping down your throat lambasting you for suggesting that KFC is not "The Greatest Chicken in the World"
Wtf kind of losers do you hang out with?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/23/2010|
I always wondered if people actually go in and buy "food" in all those places. Now I see that not only they buy, they even EAT it. Ugghh.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/23/2010|
I also prefer Popeye's, and have never met a KFC partisan. What part of the country are you in, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/23/2010|
Do they still serve it in buckets?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/23/2010|
Why would you eat at a fast food chain?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/23/2010|
If ever walk into a Fast Food Fried Chicken joint, it won't be until they bring back the authentic Pioneer Chicken.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/23/2010|
Popeye's, Church's and Roy Rogers all trump the mediocre KFC by a mile.
I have no idea why KFC has so many franchises all over the world when there is so much more great fried chicken chains.
I guess having a mascot helps sales? Popeye's needs its own Colonel Sanders.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||08/23/2010|
Back in the 1960's it was pretty damn good chicken, but even Col. Sanders complained about how it turned to crap. One of the problems is that they have a real consistency problem from store to store, and a lot of absentee owners.
One of the restaurant magazines had an interesting article a few years ago about a family from India who had made an absolute fortune buying up failing KFC stores, cleaning them up, repairing equipment, and actually preparing the chicken according the book.
Of course the other problem is that if you actually use the Colonel's original formula you wind up with a heart attack in a bucket, and in this day and age of product labeling that will never do, so they've made all sorts of changes to make the product more healthy (a relative thing when talking about fried chicken to be sure), and all those changes have come at the expense of taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||08/23/2010|
We used to be able to recognize the parody threads around here.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||08/23/2010|
Had it not too long ago. Very salty.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||08/23/2010|
If you have ever had fried chicken cooked by someone who knows what they are doing (a great southern cook or someone who just knows how)- or in a really good southern restaurant like Silvia's in NYC, you will never step foot in KFC again. KFC is half dried up chicken and half greasy crust with lots of salt. Good fried chicken has a thin crispy crust- I like it with a bit of snap (salt and pepper), and of course tender chicken. Should be cooked in very not, very fresh oil-
|by Anonymous||reply 21||08/23/2010|
"in those places." Nice to smell your feces doesn't stink.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||08/23/2010|
Look at their latest disgusting idea (after the "Double-down").... the SKINWICH!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||08/23/2010|
I don't eat meat but whenever my friend goes to Popeye's, they are rude and always forget at least one thing you ordered.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||08/23/2010|
It's just battered, deep fried chicken fat and skin.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/23/2010|
[quote]a really good southern restaurant like Silvia's in NYC
That doesn't make any sense.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||08/23/2010|
"A lonnnnnng long time ago (like 25 years ago or more) KFC was edible."%0D %0D When I was a kid KFC tasted completely different (and 100 times better) than it does today. I have eaten it ONCE since back then, and I was so horrified at the taste, I thought my memory and my tastebuds had failed me. Nope, it's just not the same as it once was. %0D %0D Which is good, because otherwise I would probably be wearing a KFC bucket on my head right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||08/23/2010|
[quote]It's just battered, deep fried chicken fat and skin%0D %0D You say that like it's a bad thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||08/23/2010|
The biscuits make it sooo good.
Also like the gravy they put on their potatos.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||08/23/2010|
Used to be cooked in lard. Not allowed anymore - heart attacks. That compromised a lot of the flavor.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||08/23/2010|
I've always thought KFC is awful. I prefer Popeye's chicken, and so does everyone I know. %0D %0D If you're hosting family or having an event, in the NY area we go to Pathmark Supermarkets and buy a large amount of fried chicken. They use large pieces of good quality meat and they run a clean operation. You just have to select the right market -- some of them fry the chicken in the same oil they use for frying fish. Blecchhh.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||08/23/2010|
Please, I beg of you, does anyone know if any of the chains sell fried chicken livers?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||08/23/2010|
One of my friends worked for KFC during summer vacations, and his job was cutting up frozen whole chickens with an electric saw. He said they were supposed to cut them into separate white and dark meat pieces, but they usually just cut them into quarters, which was why there were so many "mystery pieces" in a bucket. I think KFC delivers the frozen chicken pre-cut now (because who wants to trust an underpaid, undereducated 18-year-old with an electric saw?)
|by Anonymous||reply 35||08/23/2010|
R27, Southern food, you know like a Italian or French or Chinese? Sometimes also called Soul Food- except fried chicken is ubiquitous in Southern cuisine, white or black.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||08/23/2010|
R1, if you eat at Church's and Popeye's there is no need to say you aren't a food snob. It goes without saying.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||08/23/2010|
Agree with R7. Bojangles is best
|by Anonymous||reply 38||08/23/2010|
[quote]in a really good southern restaurant like Silvia's in NYC
Then I would love to try Silvia's. In Harlem we have this nasty steam table restaurant named Sylvia's where the chicken (and most everything else) is awful crap doled out for tourist buses. The worst 'soul food' in the world.
KFC used to be fried in lard and tasted very peppery to me...in the 70's when I was a kid.
Now it is bland.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||08/23/2010|
I respect Sylvia's business acumen and her longtime survival - and political -- instincts in a rough town for restaurants in general, but her food isn't all that. I took a date to Sylvia's one night, ordered a side dish of green beans ($2) and got a quarter-cup of what was clearly commercially canned green beans with no seasoning. %0D %0D Try Miss Mamie's and their branch Spoonbread.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||08/23/2010|
The secret to the success of BOTH KFC and McDonald's is that they don't make anything you can't eat without teeth.%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 41||08/23/2010|
I sent an e mail to Popeyes customer service because I had extra spicy in New Orleans and it was great. In Harlem...not so good.
They admitted that the spice mix is different outside of New Orleans, much less cayenne.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||08/23/2010|
Back in the 60's as someone else posted, the KFC box chicken dinner was a treat! The mashed potatoes, gravey, roll, cole slaw and 3 pieces of chicken were very plentiful. The chicken was almost like good home made, if you can believe this now.%0D %0D The New KFC is like fried skin and grease. It is hard to believe they can be in business and sell such dreadful food.%0D %0D McDonalds seems the same as 45 years ago and was never Great then or now.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 43||08/23/2010|
r42 - interesting -- that may be why a product they introduced in ads for the latino market included a teeny bottle of hot sauce. seriously!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||08/23/2010|
"McDonalds seems the same as 45 years ago and was never Great then or now." No. McDonalds fries used to be the closest thing to Heaven on Earth before they stopped using hydrogenated oil. Now it pales in comparison to its former fry glory.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||08/23/2010|
I'm a fan of Popeye's and Bojangles'%0D %0D I also have to say that my Publix has fantastic chicken. It's far superior to KFC in every way. They keep it fresh and hot, and the crust is delicious.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||08/23/2010|
Gladys and Ron's Chicken and Waffles is out of this world!!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||08/23/2010|
The fries' oil was changed and do not seem much different to me. The hamburgers same, malts may be smaller or less ice milk?
|by Anonymous||reply 48||08/23/2010|
In Canada they charge extra for white meat. So if you order a 3 piece and ask for white meat only, that is an extra $3.00
|by Anonymous||reply 49||08/23/2010|
They need to do a mea culpa like Dominos and make a new recipe for themselves because the current one ain't working.
Even though Dominos still tastes like shit...
|by Anonymous||reply 50||08/23/2010|
There is almost always a "local place" in larger cites which has much better food at lower prices compared to FAST food junk.%0D %0D In & Out Burger is one exception, out west.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||08/23/2010|
Good thing about KFC today is, if you are constipated and you get a box or bucket, eat two pieces at least, within the hour your will no longer be constipated, but you may have another problem, diahhrea.%0D %0D As to MickyD's fries, the primary taste difference is they used to put beef talon in the cooking oil, and after all the changes that had to be made because of trans fats, they had to stop using the beef talon.%0D %0D At home, peel a potato, cut into fries size, put oil, or crisco (not from under your bed tho) and add a little beef broth (2 Tbsps), the heartier the better. Get the oil hot hot hot, but not smoking and cook potato's. That will get you real close to fries of yore at MickyD's.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||08/23/2010|
They were really good in the 1970's. I think they were all owned by The KFC corporation. Now who the hell know who owns them.%0D %0D %0D %0D KFC is popular in England. My Aunt calls them "Kentucky". She'll say, "Should we get a Kentucky tonight?" And just like Brooklyn and the Bronx, there are also copy cat fried chicken places in England such as, Mississippi Friend Chicken, Louisiana Fried Chicken and even a Tennessee fried chicken
|by Anonymous||reply 53||08/23/2010|
Popeye's is actually better than a lot of restaurant fried chicken.
Mmmm...their biscuits with honey is mouthwatering.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||08/23/2010|
Kennedy's Fried Chicken and Crown Fried Chicken in the NYC metro area are just as disgusting but in a different way. I can't explain it. It also might have something to do with thinking you could be shot when you enter one.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||08/23/2010|
[quote]In Canada they charge extra for white meat. So if you order a 3 piece and ask for white meat only, that is an extra $3.00%0D %0D But KFC never has white meat. I've ordered white meat, the robot behind the counter takes my money, then a minute later robot says they don't have any white meat. This happened three or four times.%0D %0D I now go to El Pollo Loco instead. Their chicken tastes better and they always have white meat.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||08/23/2010|
r46, I agree about the fried chicken at Publix. It's fresh, juicy, not greasy at all with a perfect crust. It is actually my favorite fried chicken. Publix-who knew??
|by Anonymous||reply 58||08/23/2010|
Is this the first time a parody thread sort of ignored the original intent of the parody and became a real thread?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||08/23/2010|
Uhm, this is a sheepish R1. I meant to post earlier, but I was the idiot who didn't realize OP was doing a parody post and indignantly posted the first response.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||08/23/2010|
R52 did you mean beef 'tallow'? not talon.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||08/23/2010|
Beef talons are related to vaginas, not french fries. R52 must have egg, or should I say ovum, on his face.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||08/23/2010|
So how do we get Publix or Bojangles fried chicken in Vegas? Guaranteed it'll be successful; we even have a fast food row on Boulder Highway, way off of the strip. Our Church's and Popeye's are always crowded too.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/25/2013|
[quote]Can someone tell me what is so great about KFC? I eat here and I like eating here but have traveled all over the world and can't say KFC is better than, say, Popeye's or Churches yet if you try and compare the two you get people jumping down your throat lambasting you for suggesting that KFC is not "The Greatest Chicken in the World"
Where the fuck do you live? I've never heard a mass of people passionately defend KFC as the best. They just accept it as the preeminent chain in terms of visibility and size, but most say they like something else better. In fact, I don't really hear people passionately defend any chicken place.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/25/2013|
R65, Have you ever been to Dinah's in LA near LAX? It's more like a diner than a fast food place and the fried chicken is really hot. A real fav with truckers and others.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/25/2013|
[R-65] you need to make a reservation at Sylvia's and order the Irony plate, with a side dish of reading comprehension since you are deficient in both since R1/R60 addressed this a few posts ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/25/2013|
Once or twice a year I get a craving for KFC. It's a child of the 60's nostalgia thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/25/2013|
Circa 1974 KFC had the most delicious BBQ pork ribs. I guess I was the only one who liked them though since they were gone a year or two later. They actually had some kind of breading or crust on them under the very tasty sauce. I'd never known anyone else to do that.
LOL, does anyone remember in the late 1980s or early 90s Burger King trying waiter service and baked potatoes in the evening? Imagine those behind the counter trying to be servers. The second I saw it I said it was never going to work. Oh and it came served in a basket. I'll bet those baskets were never cleaned from customer to customer.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/25/2013|
My local KFC is alright but the KFC in the hood is top notch. You have to go where they take fried chicken seriously.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/26/2013|
I used to get a hankerin for KFC every once in awhile. I always enjoyed it and would then feel sick. Kind of like the square fish at McDonalds. I'd get a hankerin for that and then feel sick. IT'S SQUARE FISH PHYLLIS.
Popeyes is just down the street from me now. I don't go there often but when I do I don't get that urfy feeling.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/30/2013|
There is a reason people like it. It tastes very good.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/30/2013|
Popeye's certainly IS the best. Crisp, non-greasy, I'm a fan of the spicy variety. Love their sides too; Dirty Rice and Red Beans and Rice. We used to have the Church's chain here, but one by one they closed up, and Popeye's moved right in. The people have spoken!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 83||10/07/2013|
Church's chicken smells funny to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||10/07/2013|
I can't believe these miniature sized drumsticks and wings served as 2 pieces of chicken. What's the deal?
|by Anonymous||reply 86||06/22/2014|
Bring back lard. We're all going to die anyway, and 60-85 is awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||06/22/2014|
The problem I have with Popeye's is the inconsistent quality. And the store closest to me almost always gives me OLD food... chicken or shrimp that is chewy and tough and luke-warm. Dry crumbly biscuits. Cold fries.
When Popeye's is FRESH, it's damn good. But I won't eat there any more because it's such a crap-shoot.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||06/22/2014|
KFC is the best. Way better than Popeyes. My husband and I love a KFC dinner and yes, it still comes in a bucket.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||06/22/2014|
And I've had chicken at Sylvia's. KFC is best.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||06/22/2014|
I'd much rather spend an evening at Chick-Fil-A and end the evening with a Let's Roll Cinnamon Roll™
|by Anonymous||reply 91||06/22/2014|
The bad meat scandal in China is killing their image.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||07/25/2014|
@64 Try M and M Soul Food Cafe in Las Vegas.
Another fan of Bojangles.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||07/25/2014|
It was good up until about the late 1970s. I know it's not just my opinion. I met a guy whose father was a general manager for all the NYC KFCs back in the 1960s - 1990s and he said they kept using cheaper and cheaper everything from chicken to oil and by the time he retired he could not even recognize the product.
Once upon a time long, long ago McDonalds wasn't too bad either. They once actually used real food.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||07/25/2014|
Love me a KFC extra crispy Chicken breast RIGHT NOW
|by Anonymous||reply 96||09/10/2014|
I used to like KFC. But it taste different.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||09/10/2014|
That, R97 , is what people say when they get old.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||09/10/2014|
I love KFC, but it's always a crap shoot-sometimes it's dry as shit, but when it's good it's like edible God.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/10/2014|
Popeyes's is best, KFC is second, Church's comes in a remote third with Browns dead last.
KFC is only gross for it's regular chicken, the extra crispy is awesome.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/10/2014|
Go Chicken Go near UMKC and Rockhurst University in Kansas City has great fried chicken. However, they have the rudest employees. Best to only use the drive thru.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||09/10/2014|
The only mash potatoes I eat.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||09/30/2014|
The mac and cheese, coke slaw, mashed potatoes are amazing
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/30/2014|