Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds

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2014/01/08 10:21:10 (permalink)

Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds

Here in the Buffalo, the home of Ted's, Anderson's, Schwabl's (although still closed from the pre-holiday accident), Charlie the Butcher, Anchor Bar, Stevie V's Pizza, and so many unique local restaurants, the newest craze is to stand in line for Popeyes Fried Chicken.  Apparently the lines were longer when the restaurant opened.
 
http://www.buffalonews.com/life-arts/taste/how-can-popeyes-fried-chicken-be-worth-a-45-minute-wait-20140108
 
I particularly like the statement in the comments section about the chance to get terrible fried chicken from a fast food place without going to an airport.  Full disclosure: I have not had their chicken and don't know how it and the other offerings taste.  I just thought it strange to see all the lines. Now when Dinosaur Barbecue opens here, that's another story.
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    mayor al
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/08 10:26:54 (permalink)
    Of the choices of FF Fried Chicken, POPEYES Spicy is at the top of my list.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/08 12:47:28 (permalink)
    I'll 2nd and 3rd Mayor Al's comment.  Popeye's spicy really rocks.  No wonder he's mayor.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/08 16:06:08 (permalink)
    Good information about the chicken.  It might be worth a try after the lines die down.  Good fried chicken is hard to find around here.  In fact, the best so far is from the in-store deli at Top's, the local supermarket chain and rival to Wegmans.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/08 17:06:49 (permalink)
    Yeah, they've by far got the best chicken of any chain. Unfortunately, the only locations they have here are in neighbourhoods where I wouldn't go at high noon with a police escort.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/08 18:47:47 (permalink)
    Unfortunately Popeye's spicy chicken is far milder than back in the good days of the early to mid 80's.  Ditto for their original recipe dirty rice and what used to be my favorite, red beans and rice.  And, the grand finale of all bummers is that you can no longer get their original made to order onion rings, anywhere.  If you do find onion rings, they are frozen and unworthy of the originals.  Oh yes, did I mention the biscuits?  They have changed the recipe for them also, and if I must say, for the worse.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/08 19:40:24 (permalink)
    Adjudicator

    Unfortunately Popeye's spicy chicken is far milder than back in the good days of the early to mid 80's.  Ditto for their original recipe dirty rice and what used to be my favorite, red beans and rice.  And, the grand finale of all bummers is that you can no longer get their original made to order onion rings, anywhere.  If you do find onion rings, they are frozen and unworthy of the originals.  Oh yes, did I mention the biscuits?  They have changed the recipe for them also, and if I must say, for the worse.


    I couldn't have said it better myself....at least here in Culpeper, VA....they are still doing the onion rings the right way....but who knows for how long. The rings are the only reason I still go to my local Popeye's.  
    post edited by rebeltruce - 2014/01/08 19:43:14
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 09:29:23 (permalink)
    After the owner (Al Copeland) died the chain went downhill rapidly. Looks like the beancounters took over and ruined it. I do miss their incredibly good red beans and rice, which used to be a bowl of beans with a small scoop of rice in the middle. Now it is a bowl of rice with a small scoop of beans. The biscuits used to be good.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 09:38:50 (permalink)
    I agree, the hockey pucks -- uh, I mean biscuits at Popeye's need major help.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 11:23:46 (permalink)
    It got the Saints to the next round chere'
     
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 16:27:27 (permalink)
    It's certainly better than KFC, but at least here in CT there are not many locations, and I've found them to be really expensive for fast food. I do like the "cajun" gravy for the mashed potatoes.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 17:58:47 (permalink)
    RKB

    After the owner (Al Copeland) died the chain went downhill rapidly. Looks like the beancounters took over and ruined it. I do miss their incredibly good red beans and rice, which used to be a bowl of beans with a small scoop of rice in the middle. Now it is a bowl of rice with a small scoop of beans. The biscuits used to be good.

    Back in the mid-eighties, I worked in management for ACE (Al Copeland Enterprises) in the 2nd highest volume store in Florida, Tallahassee FL (the 1st being in Orlando). The volume was so high that the chicken was mostly cooked to order as well as were the O rings.  Biscuits (old recipe) were continually being baked. Quality and service was well above par.  Nowadays, one can walk in to most any Popeye's and immediately they notice the low morale and quite obvious don't give a f**k attitude of the employees.  Management (ha) is nowhere to be seen, and lack of training obviously abounds.


    post edited by Adjudicator - 2014/01/09 18:00:01
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 19:19:32 (permalink)
    I use to enjoy this chain but it has changed big time.  They have opened several in Knoxville in the past year.  Nothing is the same and the green shades have apparently been responsible.  Cut down on quantity and quality and save money in the short run.  In the long run they go out of business. In Knoxville the chicken must have been prepared from pigeons as the breast and thighs are so small, the sides are obviously not the same and quite frankly, nothing is the same.  Bisquits are not good.  They should learn something from Hardees.
     
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 19:47:24 (permalink)
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    Unfortunately Popeye's spicy chicken is far milder than back in the good days of the early to mid 80's.  Ditto for their original recipe dirty rice and what used to be my favorite, red beans and rice.  And, the grand finale of all bummers is that you can no longer get their original made to order onion rings, anywhere.  If you do find onion rings, they are frozen and unworthy of the originals.  Oh yes, did I mention the biscuits?  They have changed the recipe for them also, and if I must say, for the worse.


    Indeed! 
     
    The first Popeye's I patronized was on 14th., NW between Eye & K in WDC circa 1981.  The spicy chicken was truly spicy.  The red beans & rice were truly spicy, as were their battered and frie-to-order OR's.  
     
    To my taste it was, by far, the best 'fast food' ever.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/09 21:02:28 (permalink)
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    RKB

    After the owner (Al Copeland) died the chain went downhill rapidly. Looks like the beancounters took over and ruined it. I do miss their incredibly good red beans and rice, which used to be a bowl of beans with a small scoop of rice in the middle. Now it is a bowl of rice with a small scoop of beans. The biscuits used to be good.

    Back in the mid-eighties, I worked in management for ACE (Al Copeland Enterprises) in the 2nd highest volume store in Florida, Tallahassee FL (the 1st being in Orlando). The volume was so high that the chicken was mostly cooked to order as well as were the O rings.  Biscuits (old recipe) were continually being baked. Quality and service was well above par.  Nowadays, one can walk in to most any Popeye's and immediately they notice the low morale and quite obvious don't give a f**k attitude of the employees.  Management (ha) is nowhere to be seen, and lack of training obviously abounds.

     
    Same here in Cincinnati. Our local one has terribly slow and inefficient service. I waited a half hour one time for chicken (really, a chicken place was out of chicken), and I almost never bitch about this sort of thing but I made it known I wasn't happy. The manager's door was open and I could hear he/she was in there, but that person never came out to help and resolve the situation. And I wasn't the only one that waiting a very long time.
     
    I admit I still go on occasion because even though the food's not as good as it used to be it's still pretty damned good. But instead of going once a month or so I only go a few times a year.

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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/10 07:29:44 (permalink)
    To me, Popeye's losing the spice is an equivalent disaster to Arby's switching from real roast beef to "roast beef product" back in the early '80's.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/10 08:28:48 (permalink)
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    I use to enjoy this chain but it has changed big time.  They have opened several in Knoxville in the past year.  Nothing is the same and the green shades have apparently been responsible.  Cut down on quantity and quality and save money in the short run.  In the long run they go out of business. In Knoxville the chicken must have been prepared from pigeons as the breast and thighs are so small, the sides are obviously not the same and quite frankly, nothing is the same.  Bisquits are not good.  They should learn something from Hardees.

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    You are right Paul:
    "During the mid- and late-1970s, and despite an otherwise sluggish economy, Hardee's saw rapid chain growth and high profits on the strength of its two key sandwiches: the "Big Twin" (a two-patty burger using a distinctive cheese and sauce combination) and the "Big Deluxe" (a single, wide quarter-pound burger with a unique, tangy mayonnaise). Both burgers were "charco-broiled" and were cooked in a process using heated "char-rocks" that caused the fat content dripping off the cooking beef to ignite for a distinctive "flame-broiled" taste. Radio advertisements featured "Mama Cass" Elliot singing the jingle "Hurry on down to Hardee's, where the burgers are charco broiled!""

    My absolute favorite FF burger of all times was the Big Twin.  It was a sad day when Hardee's discontinued this cooking method, as IMO they have gone down hill since. Their only saving grace has been their breakfast biscuits. Rarely do I see any Hardee's doing a worthwhile (profitable) business beyond breakfast hours. And speaking of that, they have now discontinued the smoked sausage biscuit.  I think those in charge have lost their minds...
     
    post edited by Adjudicator - 2014/01/10 08:33:35
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/10 17:04:52 (permalink)
    Paul,
      I had the same reaction when KFC mutated their Breast piece to three from the natural two cut.  Our Popeyes here on the IN side of L-ville still does the two cut...and they also still do the overnight marinade in the spices to give the meat the spicy taste thru-out.  We don't do FF Chicken very often, but when we do I ride over to Popeyes to bring it home.
      I used to enjoy El Pollo Loco out in SoCal, but haven't seen one in 10 years.
      In this area when we want good Fried Chicken, we head for Huber's Family Farm Restaurant, or Claudia Sanders Dinner House for fine sit-down dinners with all the side dishes you can imagine.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/10 18:22:33 (permalink)
    I guess we are somewhat fortunate in Knoxville as a new KFC opened in Maryville and their chicken is fantastic.  The thighs are huge, juicy and fantastic.  I cannot complain when they do a very good job.  I sorta wish that they would do a hot version of their crispy though.  I always request their fresh hot dropped.  I will admit that I only go there a few times a year.
     
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/10 18:36:01 (permalink)
    Popeye's is the best chain  chickem
     
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/01/20 11:28:34 (permalink)
    We had one open up last year, long lines also. Still haven't eaten there yet, but I'd like to try it.
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    Re:Popeyes chicken in Buffalo - and they draw crowds 2014/04/05 22:29:13 (permalink)
    Seamus...........Do you think to bring your GUN to the Destny Mall
    aka carousal Mall (spl) Popeye location?  I dared to go to that malls Sears Outlet appliance store for my new washer and dryer!
    Wild urban youth and plenty of crime doomed that place!
     
    I remember the freestanding Popeyes location on Erie near
    Thompson that didn't last long in the 70s and was recently a
    Outback that  just closed................
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