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Old 01-03-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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Pope Yes Chicken (AKA Popeye's)

Back in the 90s I was newly divorced and visited my daughters on weeknights. We usually had dinner out and sat and chatted for a while. One of our favorite places was Popeye's Chicken. I was just learning to cook for myself and grew to love their spicy chicken and red beans and rice. Shortly thereafter, Popeye's closed and I was sad to see them go.

Fast forward to today, 20 years later. SO was off work today because of the storm and I wanted to share my Friday ritual of having the perfect Italian sub for lunch. So we hopped in the car and headed to the Deli. It was closed for the storm!

SO suggested we try the new Popeye's that just opened in town. I was all excited and we headed there at once. The place was mobbed. We ordered and sat down to enjoy our purchases. It was sooo good. Just as good as I remember from 20 years ago. The red beans and rice was outstanding and the chicken had just the right amount of spice.

I'm happy to have them right here in town. There aren't a lot of places to get fried chicken near where I live.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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Funny, we had a Popeye's here for years that suddenly closed last summer. We have a ton of fried chicken places.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:58 PM   #3
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I neglected to mention I like their biscuits better than KFC's.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:20 PM   #4
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I neglected to mention I like their biscuits better than KFC's.
That's one little tidbit of info that's worth mentioning.

Sometimes it's just nice to let someone else do your cooking and baking.

Here, this summer all the "in-town" KFC's changed over to Popeyes. ( One became a fast food sushi. I prefer made to order, not ready-made pulled from a tray tyvm.) All owned by the same franchisee? who knows. There are still KFC's in the 'burbs if a person prefers one vs the other. I haven't tried Popeye's yet. Thanks for the thumb's up.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:28 AM   #5
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That's great that they realized they had a good product and did not change it in those twenty years.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:48 AM   #6
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I prefer roasted chicken to fried and DH will only eat boneless, so we rarely go to KFC. The one in our town is small, and not very busy. I don't like eating at places that are not busy because you don't know how long the food has been sitting there.

There used to be a Popeye's but it was in a very bad part of town. I really wanted to try their chicken and red beans and rice but we never went there. Eventually it closed. Two months ago they closed a Wendy's and turned it into a Popeye's. It is right on RT 30 and it's always crowded so to me that says it's good. We will stop there someday. I want to try the red beans and rice. It's just not available in this Yankee town, and all I've ever had was Zatarains. I don't think it's the same.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:31 AM   #7
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I have only had the pleasure of Popeyes once. I am looking forward to the next time.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:44 AM   #8
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spicy chicken biscuit MMMMMMM!
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:07 AM   #9
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I've never had Popeye's, but it sounds delicious. I think the last one we saw was in New Orleans, and there were so many other restaurants and so little time....
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:14 AM   #10
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Popeye's is pretty good. KFC has really gone down hill over the last decade or so...we really don't ever go there. My favorite for "national" chicken chains is "Church's" They have huge pieces, and a wonderful crust. I'm a fan of legs and thighs, and they always have a special on a legs and thighs box for about $.75 a piece.

I'm cook pretty good fried chicken myself, but it's just so messy to make.



Oh...and to answer the thread title....the Pope would say "yes" to my chicken. :)
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