Thursday, May 05, 2011

Turning Chicken

Up the street, on Highland and Sunset, they've torn down a Carl's Jr.  Of course, there's another about a mile away, and about ten within a five-mile radius, so it won't be missed.  But I only just discovered what they'll be replacing it with: a Chick-fil-A.

Years ago I was in North Carolina and I saw my first Chick-fil-A.  In the drive-thru, it was embarrassing because I didn't know how to say the word--the logo is in script, and the pronunciation is far from obvious ("chik-fill-ay").  I kept asking for their "main sandwich" and they kept asking which one.

It wasn't bad, and I can see how it spread, but it wasn't until a few years ago I noticed it was anywhere near LA.  There's one about 20 miles south in Long Beach.  Being in virgin soil, I expect this place to be very popular, just like Hollywood's first local In-N-Out Burger a block down Sunset--still does turnaway business.

Now if they'd just open a White Castle west of the Mississippi.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried the McDonald's Chick-fil-A style sandwich? It's a knockoff but I don't think it's caught on.

12:04 PM, May 05, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check it Out :)

5:57 PM, May 05, 2011  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Chick-fil-A is the only good thing about Washington DC. It's a brilliant idea. Normally a hamburger or chicken sandwich has lots of condiments on it. But you don't put condiments on fried chicken, do you? Chick-fil-A's chicken breast is as juicy as real fried chicken, and so it needs nothing more to make it great.

But it's the only good thing about DC. I long for southern California, land of Carl's Jr, Del Taco, Yoshinoya Beef Bowl, and In-n-Out Burger!

Heck, you can even get a great Philly cheesesteak in Los Angeles, at Jersey Mike's. Here in DC the creature they call a "Philly cheesesteak" has lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on it.

8:00 PM, May 05, 2011  
Blogger LAGuy said...

So you're in DC now?

Chick-fil-A, if I recall, has a pickle slice on its sandwich, and it works rather well.

In the city block I live on, there's a Yoshinoya at one end and there was a Del Taco at the other, but it's been torn down. Not sure what's going up in its place. If it's anything interesting, I guess I'll have another post.

They just opened a Jersey Mike's down the street a year or so ago. Haven't tried it. I don't go for Philly cheesesteak, but I'm surprised DC, which is so close to Philly, can't manage it.

8:22 PM, May 05, 2011  
Blogger New England Guy said...

On the main drag in coastal, Mississippi where I spent some time a few years back, there was one major business route intersection which had fried chicken places on all four corners(Chick-fil-A, Church's, Ace's (local I think?) and maybe Popeye's ) and then about 2 miles away there was another intersection with 2 chicken places and a Sonic. Salads were hard to come by.

I was laughed at for pronouncing it "Chickfilla" but I like it because sounds like a rude rapper name.

5:20 AM, May 06, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the McDonald's "Southern Chicken" sandwich well enough, but Chick-fil-A is definitely better. They also have waffle fries that are as good as McD's.

BTW, I'm temporarily in CA and had my first In-and-Out burger the other day. Very good - better meat than most fast foods, and the key I think in toasting the bun!

7:30 AM, May 06, 2011  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Yeah, DC is my home until I finish my doctorate. Not my favorite place. The traffic is ridiculous. And I would have thought that a city designed by Freemasons would at least have straight streets. But even the streets that form the border of the District (Southern Ave., Eastern Ave., and Western Ave.) aren't straight, and sometimes veer into Maryland or into D.C. instead of running along the border.

Speaking of making a run to the border, the Taco Bells here are awful.

7:56 PM, May 08, 2011  
Blogger LAGuy said...

I've spent a fair amount of time in DC and always enjoyed it, but I admit it's not the sort of place I'd want to live. And you're right, the traffic is awful.

But how can the Taco Bells be bad? Or worse than other Taco Bells, anyway. The whole point of franchising is consistency.

8:18 PM, May 08, 2011  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Yeah, but if they let the crunchy shells get too soggy, or the meat simmer too long, the flavor gets worse.

And still worse are the dual KFC / Taco Bells that we have. KFC is very popular around here, so the few times I've gone to a dual KFC/TB I was the only person there ordering taco bell food (I almost said "Mexican food", but even in L.A. that would be a misnomer). And it was incredibly awful. Made me wonder if perhaps to save money they were using some KFC ingredients in the frying, or something like that.

Next time you visit D.C., let me know!

9:05 PM, May 09, 2011  
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