37. Chick-fil-A

7 May

I’m going home for my dad’s wedding in a few weeks, and can’t wait to get me a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Yum! Those of y’all not familiar with Chick-fil-A might think this is just another fast food sandwich along the lines of McDonald’s Filet-o-fish. Well, two words: Nuh Uh! Chick-fil-A is the best chicken sandwich in the universe. Ever. Plus, it’s cheap! And fast!

Words cannot convey how amazing this sandwich is, but I won’t let that stop me from trying: it’s a DD-size breast o’ chicken dipped in some kind of breading and magical spices and then deep fried. But it’s not all greasy like something you’d find at KFC. Not that I’m claiming it’s some granola-ish health food. It just lacks the traditional fast food oil slick. The chicken breast (or “fil-A”) is cradled by a buttered bun and garnished with two pickle slices. No nasty Thousand Island goo. No sickly-sweet ketchup. Just two pickle slices.

I never manage to get up early enough for it, but one of these days I’m going to get a Chick-fil-A biscuit. I can’t even speculate how good that will be, seeing as biscuit trumps bun any day.

Considering my undying love for carbohydrates, y’all might be surprised to note that sometimes I skip the bun altogether and go straight for the nuggets. They’re that good.

When my mom died, I took a red-eye and got home around 10 a.m. Folks had already started bringing food, and the first thing I spotted was a gi-normous tray of Chick-fil-A nuggets. They were gone before 11:00. I couldn’t tell you how many I ate. A. Because I don’t remember and B. I’d be embarrassed to say. My best guess: a lot. I don’t know who brought them, but thank you, thank you, thank you. The next tray’s on me.

All right, it wouldn’t be fair to rave about Chick-fil-A without mentioning the downsides. There are exactly two: 1. Closed on Sundays. 2. Waffle-cut fries. While I respect their right to forgo work on the Lord’s day, sometimes I sure would like a sandwich. Or even one lonely nugget. Imagine me staring through the drive-thru window looking sad. And waffle-cut fries are just wrong, any way you slice it.

Also, their lemonade isn’t all that great. Better than Country Time, but just barely. However, they make up for it by having the absolute best soft-serve ice cream. What does it have that other soft-serves lack? In a word: flavor.

5 Responses to “37. Chick-fil-A”

  1. Raechelle June 3, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    You don’t like the waffle cut fries!? But..but…they hold the ketchup better than the plain ol’ straight fries! And they still have the skin on ’em. Love that.

    I agree about the lemonade. Pretty blah.

    • girloutofdixie June 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      that is a good point, albeit a moot one seeing as i loathe ketchup. also, i’m not a huge fan of potato skin unless it’s covered with lots o cheese and bacon bits.

  2. thebasicsbypaulbyrondowns June 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Have to say I miss the billboards in Atlanta of the cows trying to get people to eat chixken.


  3. Jenna June 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    The chicken mini’s are a million times better than their chicken biscuits. Picture Sister Shubert rolls with a chicken nugget on them. You actually have had them before, I bought them for you and Mom one morning when you were in Memphis. They are best with honey on them…wish they served them all day long.


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