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2004/03/17 01:33:43 (permalink)

Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin

MMM so tasty, just had some for dinner as it's the leg and thigh for 99cents special night, along with some homemade baked mac&cheese and stewed spinach. They have great gravy for the mashed taters but had to skip it for budget reasons. Their "Spicey Sprinkle" packets are key to the enjoyment factor...along with a few jalepeno's. The one I frequent is only a 5 min drive from my house so it's convenient as well...my sister actually worked at that same location in college. That whole Red Barn thread had me all worked up for some right greasy chicken so I couldn't resist. Summed up it's a great alternative to the other fast fried chicken places here in the SW...at least till I figure out how to fry some decent here at home. I wanna try the Golden Pride fried chicken that's just up the street though it's not feasible on my budget currently. It's a local chain affiliated with the "Famous" cough "Infamous" Frontier restaurant here in Albuquerque. They do however sell nice inexpensive carne adovada burrito's there at the Golden Pride. Ok I think this ramble is through for the time being...feel free to ramble in response;)

Fried Chicken Rocks!
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 03:25:39 (permalink)
    I Still Love Churches, but all the Chicken Joints prices
    are starting to get out of the reasonable price range for what ya get.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 05:05:23 (permalink)
    We just got a Church's here last year.. I can't stand KFC for fried chicken so this place is a revelation (still not as good as my long lost Grandy's however)..but Church's biscuits and corn fritters are out of this world~
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 08:00:12 (permalink)
    The one time I went to Church's, the chicken was sitting under a heat lamp in a pool of grease. I haven't been back.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 08:34:01 (permalink)
    We have takeout at Churche's Chicken sometimes 3 to 4 times a month. we have never found the chicken to be greasy. Don't care for the paste they call "mashed potatoes" Cole slaw is good
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 09:43:33 (permalink)
    I usually have Church's the infrequent times I visit my old stomping grounds in the Upstate. I also liked Holly Farms (?), Honey Dipped and now am able to enjoy Maryland Fried down where I am now. I like the occasional KFC, we have two here, each owned independently, and the best one (i.e., cleanest and most on-their-toes) is a ways away. They also stopped using the box and the styrofoam for individual meals and started using a plastic thing that the lid pops off of when you try to handle it. Totally impractical and almost messed up my car. Enough of my rambling. NEXT!!
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 11:24:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    I also liked Holly Farms (?), Honey Dipped and now am able to enjoy Maryland Fried down where I am now. NEXT!!


    I, too, liked the Holly Farms products (but then I grew up in Wilkes County, NC where Holly Farms was located), and their "Holly Taters" were outstanding (better than the very good potato wedges that KFC started serving after HF quit). I think all of their retail outlets went away when Tyson bought them.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 11:36:03 (permalink)
    Church's!!! Yuck!!
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 11:50:40 (permalink)
    To each his own
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 13:47:31 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Church's!!! Yuck!!


    It beats KFC as far as we are concerned.... but it still isn't Popeye's. Now if we could just get Popeye's to move back to the area things would be ok.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 13:55:56 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by DLnWPBrown

    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Church's!!! Yuck!!


    It beats KFC as far as we are concerned.... but it still isn't Popeye's. Now if we could just get Popeye's to move back to the area things would be ok.


    I'll take a mom n pop joint any day
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 14:24:25 (permalink)
    I never have liked Church's chicken - too salty for my taste.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 14:28:39 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by DLnWPBrown

    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Church's!!! Yuck!!


    It beats KFC as far as we are concerned.... but it still isn't Popeye's. Now if we could just get Popeye's to move back to the area things would be ok.


    We have Popeye's here, but I've never had their chicken. All I've ever eaten there is a shrimp poorboy and red beans and rice.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 14:46:43 (permalink)
    Popeye's is not bad either. Our closest mom and pop's started shutting down on week-ends. If we want chicken on weekends it's Churches, Popeye's, or KFC. I'll take Churches thank you.
    My rateing
    # 1--Churches
    # 2--Popeyes
    #345---KFC
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 16:22:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew



    I'll take a mom n pop joint any day




    Me too...........after all, that is what Roadfood is really all about!
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/17 16:27:52 (permalink)
    My favorite carry-out fried chicken in the world can be found at a local place in Memphis, Tenn., called Jack Pirtle's. It sustained me during my college days.

    Back then a two-piece white snack, with fries, two homemade biscuits and gravy cost about $2. That was only about 20 years ago.

    I think they are still found there.

    And one other thing ... Has anybody ever noticed how much better Popeyes Chicken is in the New Orleans area than anyplace else. I think they cook it with an extra spicy zing in the Crescent City.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/18 10:42:34 (permalink)
    We have a few Mom-n-Pop's here that serve great fried chicken. The best by far, though, is L.T.'s on Lady's Island. Magnificent!!! It comes with a few sides that are all homemade, including the mashed potatoes. He makes the BEST mashed potatoes. Soul/Country cooking at it's finest. I would've eaten there yesterday if I hadn't been craving Sgt. White's cornbread and sweet tea.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/23 18:41:59 (permalink)
    Mom & Pop operations, I just found me a dream spot. Dallas Chicken & Biscuits. It is the old time way, seasoned and fried in a deep fat fryer.... fried the old way yet tastes like KFC original wishes it tasted like. It has a flavor that makes you think of it while being sooooo much better. They are located on hwy. 55 when you are going into downtown Apex, NC from US.1

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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/03/23 19:04:06 (permalink)
    The best fried chicken I've found in Denver (a town not known for its fried chicken) is at, oddly enough, my local Safeway supermarket deli.
    Tender and moist with an excellent crust. It could, however, use a little more spice.
    They had a sale over the weekend- 8 pieces for four bucks. It was very good chicken. Not cast iron skillet caliber, but a great deal for the money.
    It's the fourth time I've had their chicken, and it's alway been good.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/08 13:10:02 (permalink)
    Does anyone know where you can get potato wedges that taste like the Holly Taters. KFC's wedges doesn't even compare
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hillbilly

    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    I also liked Holly Farms (?), Honey Dipped and now am able to enjoy Maryland Fried down where I am now. NEXT!!


    I, too, liked the Holly Farms products (but then I grew up in Wilkes County, NC where Holly Farms was located), and their "Holly Taters" were outstanding (better than the very good potato wedges that KFC started serving after HF quit). I think all of their retail outlets went away when Tyson bought them.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/08 13:24:01 (permalink)
    Used to be (maybe still is) a chain called "New Orleans FC" in Tennessee. I thought it was very good until I discovered Popeye's. Haven't had Church's, as the only one I've seen is in a service station and the help didn't: too busy having a conversation! KFC is okay most of the time.

    Popeye's is very good here, though I thought their shrimp sub was awful: no shrimp flavor at all. And they have the absolute best store-bought biscuits I've eaten.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/08 16:39:05 (permalink)
    Hey Biscuit,

    I feel the same way about King Sooper's chicken. And you're sure right about finding fried chicken in the Denver area. Have you tried White Fence Farms? I've heard they're good but never been there. Far as I know, you've got to travel up to Berthoud to the Wayside Inn for good fried chicken.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/08 17:37:34 (permalink)
    Last Saturday evening, I drove four hours to Junction City, Kansas, for a night of walleye fishing. Got a motel in town when I arrived about dark, then headed for Milford Lake. I passed a Church's Chicken en route, so of course I had to stop.

    They had just dumped a fresh batch of chicken out of the fryer. I bought a box with two thighs, a leg and a biscuit for $2.50 and drove with it to Milford Dam. There, I rolled down the car windows, sat in the dark and scarfed hot fried chicken. It was pretty darn good.

    We have a Church's in Columbia, but this one was better. Or maybe it was just the long drive and the refreshing touch of cool night air off the lake.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/08 21:02:24 (permalink)

    Of the 'quickie' chicken stands i like Popeye's the best overall. A box of the spicy chicken...and the Mashed Potato(not so good alone) with the sausage pepper gravy (much better) The slaw is usually too sweet, but not all the time.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/09 00:43:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    "local Safeway supermarket deli"


    Stater Brothers Supermarket Deli here in the Los Angeles Area has great fried chicken as well. For the price it can't be beat. However, it has to be fresh from the kettle. If it sits for more than a minute it ain't worth buying.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/09 10:34:00 (permalink)


    Hey Pwingsx,

    No, I've never tried White Fence Farms. I'm not even sure where it is, but I've heard of it.

    I agree on Soopers fried chicken, it's pretty good, too. I've found, like Safeway, the quality can vary from store to store, though. I like their rotisserie chicken, too

    There is a review in today's Rocky Mountain News of Pierre's Supper Club, where the reviewer says they have "The best fried chicken in Denver." The place is like 3 blocks from my place, but I've never eaten there as the prices seem kind of steep. I guess I'll have to try it

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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/09 11:11:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by emsmom

    Does anyone know where you can get potato wedges that taste like the Holly Taters. KFC's wedges doesn't even compare.
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hillbilly

    quote:
    Originally posted by angelfood

    I also liked Holly Farms (?), Honey Dipped and now am able to enjoy Maryland Fried down where I am now. NEXT!!


    I, too, liked the Holly Farms products (but then I grew up in Wilkes County, NC where Holly Farms was located), and their "Holly Taters" were outstanding (better than the very good potato wedges that KFC started serving after HF quit). I think all of their retail outlets went away when Tyson bought them.



    There's a place in Bluffton, SC called Nickelpumper's, which is really a gas station/convenience store, that makes great fried chicken and tater wedges. At least they used to, I haven't been there in a while. It's in the original town of Bluffton, not the new part which is the booming metropolis leading into Hilton Head.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/10 19:39:44 (permalink)
    Biscuit,

    I quit getting the Rocky a few months ago ($100+ a year is too much when all I really wanted was the Spotlight anyway). I'll check it out online. Was it a review from John Lehndorff? I love him.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/12 01:38:02 (permalink)
    The Best fried chicken here in Northeast Wisconsin is a supper club called The Skyview club. Around here the supper clubs and wedding places have the best fried chicken. Marys has the broasted chicken which is damn good.KFC is ok in a pinch but I dont care for it much. Culvers is also very good but a tad pricey.
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    RE: Church's Chicken and other Chicken Fried Ramblin 2004/04/30 07:24:05 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Church's!!! Yuck!!


    It beats KFC as far as we are concerned.... but it still isn't Popeye's. Now if we could just get Popeye's to move back to the area things would be ok.


    I tried my first Popeye's last night. The Red Beans and Rice were OK (not as good as mine) but the cole slaw was very bland. The chicken was good (I've had worse and I've had better) but nothing to write home about. I will say this - the chicken was FRESH, not frozen, and not held in cold storage for days. This is unusual in so many fried chicken places around here. Most places seem to use frozen chicken, although we have 4 good, big chicken farming and slaughtering operations within a 30 mile radius of the city.
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