Original Pappy Parker's Smokey Mountain Fried Chicken
I've never had it. We used to eat at a Hot Shoppes when I was a kid here in town or on the Turnpike rest stops, but short of a burger or fries was all I ever had. I realize this was a chain back then, but the personal development by Marriott's founder over the years from a cafeteria fare Maryland Fried Chicken through several incarnations to what became Pappy Parker's and then later the stand alone brand at Roy Roger's and the company owned Big Boy Franchises is interesting. I'm not sure, but I believe that Hardee's offered it too after their aquisition of the original Roy Rogers.
Does anyone remember the original offering when it was still a Hot Shoppes product? Was it a true contender for the fast food QSR fried chicken brands or still a restaurant fare product? The original Maryland version recipe was published by Marriott themselves in the 80's and it's nothing remarkable beyond a salt,pepper,and paprika based breader and conventional egg wash that was deep fried, but the sense I get it was not actually immersion deep fried, but pan fried originally.
Any info on this chicken and the later Pappy's?