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2009/08/25 09:56:18 (permalink)

Is Popeye's THAT Good ???

Couple Robbed At Gunpoint For Chicken Robbers Point Gun, Demand Box Of Chicken JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The search is on for a team of crooks who robbed an Arlington couple at gunpoint for their takeout Popeye's chicken.

According to police, a young mother was leaving her shift after closing the Popeye's restaurant in Arlington on Atlantic Boulevard when she noticed she was being followed home.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/19133276/detail.html
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 13:54:20 (permalink)
    Well the red beans and rice is pretty darned good.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 14:05:06 (permalink)
    They used to be, but not anymore - now they give you mostly rice and the spicy flavor is all but gone.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 14:12:29 (permalink)
    It depends on the location, like any chain. If the manager and workers are good, Popeye's can be glorious. Or it can be a disaster. All depends. I've had both kinds.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 14:22:23 (permalink)
    mbrookes

    It depends on the location, like any chain. If the manager and workers are good, Popeye's can be glorious. Or it can be a disaster. All depends. I've had both kinds.

    I agree - we used to frequent the one located in the Eastgate area of greater Cincinnati - I have been there about 6 or 7 times - it was generally very good but the last time we went there the green beans (which I love) were either spoiled or not prepared at all like they should be - they were plain awful - as were their red beans and rice - and the employees and manager were kind of worthless.

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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 14:43:20 (permalink)
    Yes, I moved this to the FF Forum to put it where it belongs!

    Popeyes is (IMHO) the best of the FF Chicken Places. we like their Spicy Chicken and they have enough coupons and sales to keep the price well below the Colonel and Lee's. The Beans and Rice are ok, but for me thside to order is the mashed potato and gravy. I love the gravy...full of green pepper ahd sausage bits.
      We seldom get a 'Bad Box' at our So Indiana stores (2 of them) but it does happen.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 14:50:55 (permalink)
    mbrookes

    It depends on the location, like any chain. If the manager and workers are good, Popeye's can be glorious. Or it can be a disaster. All depends. I've had both kinds.


    I completely agree.  Although I will say that for the chicken, it has been consistently better than any other fast-food chicken place that I've been to.  The sides seems to me to be the deciding factor as to which locations are good, bad, or ugly.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 15:58:42 (permalink)
    I will agree on that but I got to liking the green beans and red beans and rice so much I just took the chicken for granted.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 16:39:21 (permalink)
    OK, ok it is that good but I shouldn't have pulled a gun!
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/25 22:32:51 (permalink)

     I agree with mayor al - the gravy on their mashed potatoes sets them apart from the rest of the ff chicken sides --the red beans & rice is so so and the slaw is that same old mayonaissy stuff you get at most places  (a word of caution, it wasn't from Popeye's, but our office ordered out from another place and the slaw had little bubbles swimming around in it - I was the only one that didn't eat it and the only one that didn't get sick - so watch your bubbles in the slaw you're eating).  The biscuits are good - but every other ff place has good ones too - if they haven't been out of the oven for a long time.

    Popeye's chicken is really good -  and from the multitude of fried chicken places we can order from in our area Popeye's is always the #1 choice.

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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 00:07:13 (permalink)
    baileysoriginal

     I agree with mayor al - the gravy on their mashed potatoes sets them apart from the rest of the ff chicken sides --the red beans & rice is so so and the slaw is that same old mayonaissy stuff you get at most places  (a word of caution, it wasn't from Popeye's, but our office ordered out from another place and the slaw had little bubbles swimming around in it - I was the only one that didn't eat it and the only one that didn't get sick - so watch your bubbles in the slaw you're eating).  The biscuits are good - but every other ff place has good ones too - if they haven't been out of the oven for a long time.

    Popeye's chicken is really good -  and from the multitude of fried chicken places we can order from in our area Popeye's is always the #1 choice.


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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 07:07:47 (permalink)
    popeye's chicken is pretty damn good here in western washington. other than church's chicken, and if you're lucky enough to venture into the 'hood in seattle for ezell's fried chicken without getting shot in the process, that's about all that there is for decent fried chicken in this state................
     
     i could care less about any fast-food joint's sides, because they all suck....... kfc leads the pack but even popeye's sides suck, suck, suck......................................... ezell's sides rock, but it's risky getting there.....
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 09:17:51 (permalink)
    When they do the sides the way are supposed to some are great.

    The problem is they have been screwing them up ofttimes.

    So badly they have turned me off.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 10:33:08 (permalink)
    I wonder if the "Ezell's" chain in Washington has any connection to the well-know Catfish and Chicken restaurant in Columbus, GA ? It sounds like they are worlds apart! The GA place is a rambling country-shed sort of restaurant...has NO drive-thru!
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 10:48:46 (permalink)
    mayor al

    I wonder if the "Ezell's" chain in Washington has any connection to the well-know Catfish and Chicken restaurant in Columbus, GA ? It sounds like they are worlds apart! The GA place is a rambling country-shed sort of restaurant...has NO drive-thru!


    Doesn't look lie it is: http://www.ezellschicken.com/locations.html

    They are in the second generation of trying to open outposts ... in the 90's they tried before and failed ... I'm sure it is still worth the unpleasant trip to the original.

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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 11:23:09 (permalink)
    I always loved to eat at Popeye's when we lived in Texas, and was excited when they finally opened a location in Topeka a couple of years ago.  The chicken and sides were as good as I had remembered them to be.

    BUT...  I went to Popeye's last friday to pick up chicken on the way home from work to have for dinner while we watched the Chiets game on TV, and it was a horror show.  The restaurant was filthy, with three bags of trash stacked next to the door, and staffed by 3 teens  with no manager/supervisor in sight.

     When I ordered a 8 piece spicy, the girl said it would be about 12 minutes for spicy, and I said OK and paid.  30 minutes later, I left the restaurant with my chicken. If my wife hadn't specifically asked for Popeye's, I would have gotten my money back and left.

    Never going there again.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/26 13:36:32 (permalink)
    Popeye's customers in Ontario are also complaining about the recent toned-down spicyness of its chicken and some of its side dishes:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609566
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 09:13:04 (permalink)
    Around here, Church's Chicken is better.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 09:14:20 (permalink)
    Out of the chain chicken places, this is by far the best. I love the spicy chicken, and the gravy they put on the mash potatos. I haven't had any bad meals from them yet, but I would agree with some of the post above that quality kind of depends on the manager.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 14:28:02 (permalink)
    I am hooked on their onion rings. With coupons in the mail I can get a small order for $.99 and you can get up to 4 orders w/one coupon. Also the coupons have a buy one dinner get one free.

    The rings are nice and crispy and w/just enough spice.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 14:52:24 (permalink)
        
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    ..... watch your bubbles in the slaw you're eating......

    i think Mrs MFL sometimes has bubbles after eating any slaw.

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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 16:19:21 (permalink)
    There was one on 42nd street in NY City back in the 80's/early 90's and it was so good I used to go once a week for lunch.

    On the other hand there's one right here in Scotch Plains and it's awful. Only went once and that was enough.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 17:15:05 (permalink)
    Read this topic, called my wife, she picked up some for us on her way home, Chicken and rice both darn good, have never been disappointed with them!
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/08/27 21:17:46 (permalink)
    Popeyes and Churches were the same company until 2004. FYI
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/10/13 10:24:30 (permalink)
    They installed the new Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, with 100 drink choices, in some restaurants in the Atlanta area.  The nearest one to me was at a Popeye's, so I had my first meal here in ages and ages.  It was okay at best, and not at all spicy, but it was worth it for the novelty of a Fanta Lime and an Orange Coca-Cola.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/10/13 11:58:15 (permalink)
    oopsme

    Popeyes and Churches were the same company until 2004. FYI

    Actually, Popeye's started (under a different name for a very short time) in 1972, and didn't merge with Church's till 1989.
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/10/13 14:11:16 (permalink)
    I agree that Popeyes is the best FF chicken out there....I have had bad experiences though at times....bad service no chicken, chicken that had been sitting around.....

    I also agree that the Onion Rings are excellent for a FF chain. Although if you order them you will have to wait, every Popeyes I've ever been to cooks them to order.....which is a good thing!
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/10/13 14:44:01 (permalink)
    In a News Story sidebar on AOL recently they were describing 'secret menus' at various FF stands. Things like the 'Animal Style' In-n-Out Burgers and various variations in White Castle Burgers.

      One item I hadn't heard of before was the 'Naked Chicken' at some Popeyes. Apparently you can ask (order ahead) for your chicken to be pressure fried without the batter/breading. Since they marinate the poultry for at least 12 hours in the pepper spices before breading it prior to cooking, this makes the chicken 'spicey' without the heavy coating. I have asked about this at the two Popeyes stands on our side of Louisville that I visit now and then, and neither offers this 'secret option', although the Manager of one had heard that some stores were doing it. I offered to be a taste-tester if she ever wanted to experiment with an order or two.
      So far no reaction for Popeyes!
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/10/14 07:02:32 (permalink)
    I didn't think Popeyes pressured fried their chicken........I've only ever seen plain old deep fryers.

    I wonder if some locations pressure fry and others do not.....I'd like to try some spicy pressure fried Popeyes!
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    Re:Is Popeye's THAT Good ??? 2009/10/14 08:33:58 (permalink)
    I'll be one to say that their hushpuppies are pretty darned good....especially when they're the only ones around for 100 miles radius. If I ever get a hankering for some deep-fried corn I head over to my local Popeye's (oops, I actually meant Long John Silver's, they've got the hushpuppies, not sure how I got those confused).

    Popeye's is certainly one of my top fast food choices though. They've got a new Crawfish Tackle Box (deep-fried crawfish, Cajun fries and biscuit for $5) that's calling my name.
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