I’ll pass on the chicken sandwich
By: Bob Sloan
So please tell me, what’s all this fuss about a chicken sandwich? I mean, really?
Three weeks ago Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen began selling a new chicken sandwich in its restaurants. Since that moment, our world has not been the same. People have scarfed up the fowl fast food fare as quick as Justin Wilson can say, “ah, gaaa-rawn-tee!”
People stood in line for hours to fork over $4 for this crunchy Cajun creation that is said to be most tres bon. That means “very good” in French Creole, as any good native of the state of Louisiana could tell you.
Many unfortunate souls who craved just the smallest taste of the Popeyes poulet au pain (chicken on bread) were left grangou (hungry) and wont (disappointed). The sandwiches disappeared quicker than beads at a Mardi Gras parade.
At some restaurants, like the Popeyes in Florence, the window of opportunity for a bite of the sandwiches was ever so small. A cashier at the restaurant said on the first day it took only a few hours before eight cases of chicken had flown the coop. She said she really doesn’t know when they will get more in.
Calls to the Popeyes restaurants in Sumter and Dillon on Friday of last week confirmed they were still selling the sandwiches, but both said they would likely run out by the end of the day.
The company released a statement last week saying it is working with suppliers to bring the sandwiches back as soon as possible. I’m sure the good folks at Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s are weeping at such sad news. I also wonder what KFC’s Colonel thinks of this mess and if the fine folks at Bojangles really “gotta wanna needa getta hava,” one those Popeyes sandwiches?
The truth is, Popeyes chicken sandwich was released with very little fanfare. It wasn’t until the people at Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s took to social media insisting that their sandwiches were better that all the silliness ensued. With the gauntlet thrown down, the race was on to see if the Popeyes chicken sandwich was really the rule of the roost. Mainstream media joined in and things went nutty.
How nutty you, ask? Well, I’ll tell you. The demand for the Popeyes sandwich was so high that some fools tried to sell the sandwiches on eBay for upwards of $3,000. No word on if there were any larger fools who forked over their money.
Again I ask you, what’s the big deal? What makes this sandwich worth waiting hours in line for? The only thing I’d wait in line that long for is my momma’s green bean casserole, or maybe Miss Nancy’s collard greens. Boy, those collards are good. Anything other than those two is for the birds, pun intended.
This is how Popeyes describes its sandwich: “A buttermilk battered and hand-breaded chicken filet with barrel-cured pickles and creamy mayo on a buttery toasted brioche bun.”
Sounds pretty much like any other chicken sandwich. But is it? Most people who I have talked to that have actually tasted a Popeyes chicken sandwich say what makes it special is its “crunch.”
The Colonel knows a little something about “crunch.” His is called “extra crispy.” And don’t even think about asking for the recipe with the “11 secret herbs and spices.”
Needless to say, I’m not buying any of this hullabaloo. A chicken sandwich is a chicken sandwich. Any one of them will do. Just don’t ask me to stand in line more than 10 minutes to get one.
So if you absolutely, positively must have one, what do you do while you wait for Popeyes to stock up?
A few days after Popeyes introduced its chicken sandwich, the folks at Chick-fil-A began selling another Southern staple, mac and cheese.
I can’t say I’ve tried the sandwich causing all the ruckus, but I have sampled the mac and cheese. I’ll give it two big thumbs up.
How good is it? I can’t say I’d wait in line an hour for it. Maybe a good fifteen minutes.