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  • Post #181 - March 5th, 2021, 3:18 pm
    Post #181 - March 5th, 2021, 3:18 pm Post #181 - March 5th, 2021, 3:18 pm
    Picked up Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen (Lincolnwood) new fish sandwich. I see enthusiasm for this sandwich though there must be wide variation outlet to outlet as this was not good. Sloppy construction. Slight fishy flavor. And the breading tasted like paste.
    Bun tasty. Pickle tasty. Overall. 2/10.

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    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #182 - March 5th, 2021, 4:49 pm
    Post #182 - March 5th, 2021, 4:49 pm Post #182 - March 5th, 2021, 4:49 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Bun tasty. Pickle tasty. Overall. 2/10.

    LOL . . . and how was the portion? :lol:

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  • Post #183 - March 5th, 2021, 5:11 pm
    Post #183 - March 5th, 2021, 5:11 pm Post #183 - March 5th, 2021, 5:11 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Picked up Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen (Lincolnwood) new fish sandwich. I see enthusiasm for this sandwich though there must be wide variation outlet to outlet as this was not good.


    I have never had the fish sandwich. But I have their chicken sandwich a couple of times a month. Their is HUGE variation on the quality of their chicken sandwich. The biggest variation is, as best I can gather, whether the sandwich was made 5 minutes ago or an hour ago. There is no question that they make these sandwiches ahead - at times far ahead. When it is good, it is very good. Many times it is not good at all.
  • Post #184 - March 5th, 2021, 6:11 pm
    Post #184 - March 5th, 2021, 6:11 pm Post #184 - March 5th, 2021, 6:11 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:LOL . . . and how was the portion? :lol:

    Nice size portion. Though neither Ellen or I ate more than 10% of the sandwich. Two fish sandwiches, ten bucks right down the float drain.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #185 - March 7th, 2021, 10:51 pm
    Post #185 - March 7th, 2021, 10:51 pm Post #185 - March 7th, 2021, 10:51 pm
    lougord99 wrote:I have never had the fish sandwich. But I have their chicken sandwich a couple of times a month. Their is HUGE variation on the quality of their chicken sandwich. The biggest variation is, as best I can gather, whether the sandwich was made 5 minutes ago or an hour ago. There is no question that they make these sandwiches ahead - at times far ahead. When it is good, it is very good. Many times it is not good at all.


    I would agree with you on that point. The chicken sandwiches are better at 10:30 am when they are made fresh. However, I ordered the fish sandwiches at 10 am and it was still not good.

    In general, to be blunt, the weakness of Popeye's is its absolute lack of consistency in BOTH service AND food quality. If you cannot count on consistency, why head to a chain?

    Each time I make my fried chicken sandwich in my air fryer, the less likely I am to head out to a fast food place.
  • Post #186 - March 9th, 2021, 5:16 pm
    Post #186 - March 9th, 2021, 5:16 pm Post #186 - March 9th, 2021, 5:16 pm
    I had the new KFC classic chicken sandwich today at the Munster,In location. There were 2 people ahead of me in line and yet it took over 20 minutes to get my sandwich. I opened the foil bag,similar to Popeye's, and I found my sandwich wrapped in tin foil. Upon taking the first bite it was apparent that this sandwich was fresh from a low wattage heat lamp. The sandwich was weak on seasoning. The taste of the pickles and mayonnaise came through stronger than they should have. Portion was good. It wasn't a bad sandwich overall and I'd order it again but only if a Popeyes wasn't nearby.

    As others have pointed out the quality of these sandwiches can vary from store to store and at what time of day you order it. I ordered mine around 3PM .
  • Post #187 - March 9th, 2021, 5:26 pm
    Post #187 - March 9th, 2021, 5:26 pm Post #187 - March 9th, 2021, 5:26 pm
    Artie wrote:it took over 20 minutes to get my sandwich.
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    it was apparent that this sandwich was fresh from a low wattage heat lamp.

    So you had to wait 20 minutes to get a sandwich that had been sitting around under a heat lamp. That's just a bad combination all around. Sorry to hear about it, but thanks for taking one for the team!
  • Post #188 - March 10th, 2021, 10:57 am
    Post #188 - March 10th, 2021, 10:57 am Post #188 - March 10th, 2021, 10:57 am
    nsxtasy wrote:
    Artie wrote:it took over 20 minutes to get my sandwich.
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    .
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    it was apparent that this sandwich was fresh from a low wattage heat lamp.

    So you had to wait 20 minutes to get a sandwich that had been sitting around under a heat lamp. That's just a bad combination all around. Sorry to hear about it, but thanks for taking one for the team!

    Truth be told I've had problems at that location in the past. The minute I saw that the sandwich was wrapped in foil I sensed a problem. I had watched a Joe Is Hungry you tube video review the day before and his experience was the total opposite of mine. He does really thorough reviews. First he pulls off to the side and checks the temperature of what he bought. He also buys several of whatever he's reviewing and does a weight test to see if they're comparable. I plan to try the sandwich again at a different location. Joe Is Hungry Review
  • Post #189 - March 10th, 2021, 6:44 pm
    Post #189 - March 10th, 2021, 6:44 pm Post #189 - March 10th, 2021, 6:44 pm
    A happy ending to my KFC adventure :) Shortly after posting here I remembered that I still had the receipt for the sandwich from yesterday. It had an offer for a buy one get one chicken sandwich if you filled it out. Being a senior citizen with too much time on my hands,of course I responded and reported my underwhelming experience from yesterday.

    At 1:45PM I received the following email...
    Thank you for letting us know about your experience at KFC. We do sincerely apologize that you were not satisfied with your visit to our restaurant and thank you for taking the time to alert us of your concerns. We take feedback of this nature very seriously and will be addressing this with the location that you visited.

    As a token of our gratitude for providing us with your comments we will be mailing a voucher to the address you provided which can be used for your next purchase at any participating restaurant. Please allow approximately 7-10 business days for your voucher to reach you. It is our hope that you will give us another opportunity to provide you with both fantastic service and great food.


    It's not often that a company responds that quickly to a complaint and goes the extra mile to rectify the problem. Hat's Off to KFC!
  • Post #190 - March 11th, 2021, 5:33 pm
    Post #190 - March 11th, 2021, 5:33 pm Post #190 - March 11th, 2021, 5:33 pm
    I tried the new McDonald's chicken (original). Meh. The spicy might be a little better but I really don't care. The KFC sandwich was very good and comparable to Popeye's. I like the KFC sauce so I put it on in place of the mayo.
  • Post #191 - April 15th, 2021, 12:37 pm
    Post #191 - April 15th, 2021, 12:37 pm Post #191 - April 15th, 2021, 12:37 pm
    Portillo’s new spicy chicken sandwich is good, but the one at Chubby’s Char House is great.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #192 - April 15th, 2021, 1:11 pm
    Post #192 - April 15th, 2021, 1:11 pm Post #192 - April 15th, 2021, 1:11 pm
    Dave148 wrote:Portillo’s new spicy chicken sandwich is good, but the one at Chubby’s Char House is great.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/c ... story.html


    Here's a visual aid from the beginning of last month. Chubby's is an MVP of the pandemic era for the burgeoning Near West takeout social media community and would be my GNR candidate for the year.
  • Post #193 - April 15th, 2021, 1:18 pm
    Post #193 - April 15th, 2021, 1:18 pm Post #193 - April 15th, 2021, 1:18 pm
    My current favorite is from Buddy's Bites & Brews (formerly Finn McCool's).
    Less pricey than nearby Fry the Coop ($8.99 -- including a side; there's also a slider version), their Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich is respectably firey, while being a bit less gloppy (both have slaw, BB&B has a little less, and it's less saucy). Good crunch, decent-sized, juicy chicken breast.

    OTOH, I'd skip the upgrade from fries or tots to onion petals -- the $1.99 gets you a bland, not-very-crisp, and small serving of refugees from a bloomin' onion. (I really miss Popeyes onion rings)

    Buddy's Bites & Brews
    702 N River Rd, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
    +18472987200
    http://buddysbnb.com/
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #194 - April 19th, 2021, 4:59 pm
    Post #194 - April 19th, 2021, 4:59 pm Post #194 - April 19th, 2021, 4:59 pm
    I had the good fortune today to try the new "Hand Breaded Chicken Sandwich at Burger King.

    This is an excellent sandwich that I would love to put up against Popeyes side by side. Came in the usual aluminum bag and was definitely freshly fried and extremely crunchy. The sandwich itself is huge and easily the biggest of all comparable fast food chicken sandwiches. I had the "classic". It was juicy,flavorful,and totally exceeded my expectations.

    The only downside is that it is the most expensive of all the chicken sandwiches, coming in at $5.68 tax included.
  • Post #195 - April 19th, 2021, 5:16 pm
    Post #195 - April 19th, 2021, 5:16 pm Post #195 - April 19th, 2021, 5:16 pm
    The guy at the Chicago Tribune liked Popeye's best in today's trib.
  • Post #196 - April 20th, 2021, 9:03 am
    Post #196 - April 20th, 2021, 9:03 am Post #196 - April 20th, 2021, 9:03 am
    Smashburger just announced they are also getting in the spicy chicken sandwich craze.

    The national burger chain on Monday announced its newest menu creation: the Scorchin’ Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

    The spicy sandwich is made with Nashville hot crispy chicken, spicy red pepper mayo, pickles, and served on a classic toasted bun. The new addition will be available for a limited time beginning April 19 through June 13 at locations nationwide.

    https://money.yahoo.com/smashburger-ent ... 50062.html
  • Post #197 - May 17th, 2021, 6:47 pm
    Post #197 - May 17th, 2021, 6:47 pm Post #197 - May 17th, 2021, 6:47 pm
    Portillo's Gets Into Spicy Chicken Sandwich Battle With New Menu Item (Featuring Hot Giardiniera Sauce)
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/05/17 ... era-sauce/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #198 - May 18th, 2021, 7:25 am
    Post #198 - May 18th, 2021, 7:25 am Post #198 - May 18th, 2021, 7:25 am
    Dave148 wrote:Portillo's Gets Into Spicy Chicken Sandwich Battle With New Menu Item (Featuring Hot Giardiniera Sauce)
    https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/05/17 ... era-sauce/

    Hot Giardiniera Sauce should be a "thing", I'd put that on everything. It can be next to the ketchup and mustard.
  • Post #199 - May 18th, 2021, 8:30 pm
    Post #199 - May 18th, 2021, 8:30 pm Post #199 - May 18th, 2021, 8:30 pm
    Meanwhile, I'm skeptical about the idea of saucifying giardiniera. From the pictures, it looks like a mish-mash of mayo and giard. I guess there's no reason it shouldn't work, but it just sits wrong with me, for some reason. I'd rather have a nice, oily giardiniera, but I can see the allure of suspending it in mayo to keep it from getting all over the place.
  • Post #200 - May 18th, 2021, 8:47 pm
    Post #200 - May 18th, 2021, 8:47 pm Post #200 - May 18th, 2021, 8:47 pm
    Binko wrote:Meanwhile, I'm skeptical about the idea of saucifying giardiniera.

    I've been blending/pureeing equal parts yellow mustard and giardiniera for a few years. First time was as topping for smoked Chicago style hot links at Chicago Gourmet. Mini New England style bun, smoked hot link, mustard/giardiniera, pickled red onions. Did about 2,500 for that event, went over very well. Been doing the mustard/giardiniera ever since as topping for a wide variety of items.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #201 - May 19th, 2021, 5:12 am
    Post #201 - May 19th, 2021, 5:12 am Post #201 - May 19th, 2021, 5:12 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    Binko wrote:Meanwhile, I'm skeptical about the idea of saucifying giardiniera.

    I've been blending/pureeing equal parts yellow mustard and giardiniera for a few years. First time was as topping for smoked Chicago style hot links at Chicago Gourmet. Mini New England style bun, smoked hot link, mustard/giardiniera, pickled red onions. Did about 2,500 for that event, went over very well. Been doing the mustard/giardiniera ever since as topping for a wide variety of items.


    I've ripped you off here, Gary. Giardiniera + yellow mustard is a fantastic condiment. We love it with pigs in a blanket.

    Giard mayo is also great, use that oil to emulsify!
  • Post #202 - May 19th, 2021, 7:13 am
    Post #202 - May 19th, 2021, 7:13 am Post #202 - May 19th, 2021, 7:13 am
    I'm glad they have the giardiniera mayo so I can get it as a dip for fries and onion rings.
  • Post #203 - May 19th, 2021, 1:19 pm
    Post #203 - May 19th, 2021, 1:19 pm Post #203 - May 19th, 2021, 1:19 pm
    gnarchief wrote:I'm glad they have the giardiniera mayo so I can get it as a dip for fries and onion rings.


    Yeah, Longman & Eagle has been putting giard mayo on their awesome burger for years and I always ask for extra to dip my fries in. So good.
  • Post #204 - June 14th, 2021, 10:42 am
    Post #204 - June 14th, 2021, 10:42 am Post #204 - June 14th, 2021, 10:42 am
    WhyBeeSea wrote:
    JoelF wrote:According to The Takeout, Popeye's has removed Cajun rice and green beans from its list of side dishes.

    The rice was my #2 choice, after the beloved onion rings. If they 86 those, that place will likely be dead to me.


    That's just brutal. It's one of my favorite fast food items

    Fake News! Cajun rice is served at the Mundelein location.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #205 - June 14th, 2021, 1:06 pm
    Post #205 - June 14th, 2021, 1:06 pm Post #205 - June 14th, 2021, 1:06 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    WhyBeeSea wrote:
    JoelF wrote:According to The Takeout, Popeye's has removed Cajun rice and green beans from its list of side dishes.

    The rice was my #2 choice, after the beloved onion rings. If they 86 those, that place will likely be dead to me.


    That's just brutal. It's one of my favorite fast food items

    Fake News! Cajun rice is served at the Mundelein location.


    I can’t speak to what goes on in the restaurant, but their on line ordering does not have rice.
  • Post #206 - June 14th, 2021, 1:08 pm
    Post #206 - June 14th, 2021, 1:08 pm Post #206 - June 14th, 2021, 1:08 pm
    scottsol wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    WhyBeeSea wrote:
    JoelF wrote:According to The Takeout, Popeye's has removed Cajun rice and green beans from its list of side dishes.

    The rice was my #2 choice, after the beloved onion rings. If they 86 those, that place will likely be dead to me.


    That's just brutal. It's one of my favorite fast food items

    Fake News! Cajun rice is served at the Mundelein location.


    I can’t speak to what goes on in the restaurant, but their on line ordering does not have rice.

    I can personally confirm that it’s available.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #207 - June 14th, 2021, 1:35 pm
    Post #207 - June 14th, 2021, 1:35 pm Post #207 - June 14th, 2021, 1:35 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    scottsol wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    WhyBeeSea wrote:
    JoelF wrote:According to The Takeout, Popeye's has removed Cajun rice and green beans from its list of side dishes.

    The rice was my #2 choice, after the beloved onion rings. If they 86 those, that place will likely be dead to me.


    That's just brutal. It's one of my favorite fast food items

    Fake News! Cajun rice is served at the Mundelein location.


    I can’t speak to what goes on in the restaurant, but their on line ordering does not have rice.

    I can personally confirm that it’s available.


    It could be that the specific franchise location still has ingredients on hand to prepare that side, but there is no guarantee that it will remain on the permanent menu.
  • Post #208 - June 14th, 2021, 3:01 pm
    Post #208 - June 14th, 2021, 3:01 pm Post #208 - June 14th, 2021, 3:01 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    WhyBeeSea wrote:
    JoelF wrote:According to The Takeout, Popeye's has removed Cajun rice and green beans from its list of side dishes.

    The rice was my #2 choice, after the beloved onion rings. If they 86 those, that place will likely be dead to me.


    That's just brutal. It's one of my favorite fast food items

    Fake News! Cajun rice is served at the Mundelein location.

    Just a double check: Cajun/Dirty rice or Red Beans and Rice? The latter is still on the menu, I believe.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #209 - June 14th, 2021, 3:02 pm
    Post #209 - June 14th, 2021, 3:02 pm Post #209 - June 14th, 2021, 3:02 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    WhyBeeSea wrote:
    JoelF wrote:According to The Takeout, Popeye's has removed Cajun rice and green beans from its list of side dishes.

    The rice was my #2 choice, after the beloved onion rings. If they 86 those, that place will likely be dead to me.


    That's just brutal. It's one of my favorite fast food items

    Fake News! Cajun rice is served at the Mundelein location.

    Just a double check: Cajun/Dirty rice or Red Beans and Rice? The latter is still on the menu, I believe.

    Cajun dirty rice.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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