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KFC – Portage

March 6, 2010

  • 5822 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 343-5517
  • Website
  • Menu

The last couple days have been very unlike us.  J has been feeling pretty under the weather so we weren’t able to do our weekend thang eating out.  Yesterday, our meals were Culvers and McDonalds.  For lunch, J’s throat hurt and all she wanted was ice cream.  For dinner, she didn’t have a taste for anything, so a bland McDonalds cheeseburger did the trick.

Today, J is judging a speech contest at Portage Northern, so I was left home alone.  Our kitchen is a mess and I didn’t even want to attempt to cook until I got it cleaned up.  I was watching TV and saw a commercial for KFC’s Fiery Buffalo wings.  It’s been a while since I’ve been to KFC and I heard those were good, so why not make it lunch.

There are three KFC locations in the Greater Kalamazoo area, but the Portage location on Westnedge and Boston Avenue is the closest to me.  Like everything else on Westnedge, when I left, I couldn’t actually picture where it was.  All the signs just run together.  I knew it was there, but I couldn’t remember how far down. 

Turns out, it’s not very far past I-94.  It’s part of a stretch dominated by chain restaurants.  It sits right next to Wendy’s and not far past Red Robin and Carrabba’s.

Like I mentioned, it’s been a while since I’ve been to a KFC.  The last time was almost six months ago.  J and I stopped at a KFC on our honeymoon.  Wierd, right?  Well, not really.  The KFC we stopped at was in Corbin, KY….the Original KFC.  We were on our way to the Smoky Mountains and Corbin is on the way, so we made it lunch on Day 2 of our honeymoon excursion. 

Today’s stop was motivated by the Fiery Buffalo Wings, but when I got there, I couldn’t find them on the menu board above the counter.  I stood there and looked stupidly at the board for a few minutes before finally asking the guy who was waiting impatiently to take my order.  Turns out, this store doesn’t have them.  I sort of wasted a trip. 

Still, since I was there, I figured I’d still get lunch.  Where else was I gonna go?

I ordered the 3-Piece Original Recipe Strips meal which comes with two sides and a biscuit, but not drink.  Not much of a meal without a drink, so I had to add on a large Pepsi.  For my two sides, I got the potato wedges and macaroni and cheese.  The bill was just under ten bucks which is a lot more than I was really expecting to pay for lunch, but KFC’s meals are a pretty good size, so there was little chance of me walking away hungry. 

All my food was pre-cooked, so before I could even get my Pepsi glass filled up, my order was sitting on the counter waiting for me.  I grabbed it to go because I still wanted to get home and get that kitchen taken care of sometime today. 

The food was all exactly what I expect from KFC.  I like the chicken. I like the potato wedges. I like the mac’ n cheese and I like the biscuit (not as much as I like Popeyes biscuits though).

My plan for today was the get a cheap meal.  While it wasn’t as cheap as I’d hoped, it wasn’t bad for the amount of food.  I really wanted to try the Fiery Buffalo Wings, so that’s pretty disappointing.  Guess I’ll just wait until next weekend when I head back to the Chicago market.  I know they have them. 

UPDATE – I just got the following tweet from KFC. 

Fiery Grilled Wings are no longer being promoted nationally. It was a limited time offer. Hope they’ll be back in the future!

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