KFC – Streator, IL
A fast food review from a town four hours from here. Yeah, you don’t care. I don’t blame you. How about if I tell you I ordered the Double Down? Listening now? OK.
Streator isn’t a very big town, so dining options on the go are somewhat limited. There are a couple of fast food joints including a combo KFC-Long John Silver. The building looks pretty new. I have no idea how long it’s actually been there, but it’s in the new style of KFC. It’s on a pretty narrow piece of land that backs up to a Little League baseball field.
It was after dinner time by the time I got off work and pulled in for something I could eat on the go. I went in to the store because I hate the very idea of drive thrus and if I’m by myself, I go in to the store about 99% of the time.
For a chicken joint, this KFC is pretty nice. Chicken places always seem to collect grease. This one looks like it’s new enough that they’re still keeping up that new car smell if they can help it.
I went to the counter and didn’t even look up at the menu which has both the KFC selections and the LJS selections. I knew what I wanted.
I ordered the Original Recipe Double Down and a Pepsi. The girl working told me it’d be cheaper by about two bucks if I went with the combo meal, so I did and got fries. I don’t ever remember seeing fries at KFC before. I’ve seen potato wedges, but these were actual french fries. The meal cost a little over seven bucks.
After filling up my Pepsi (twice. I was thirsty), I grabbed the bag and headed back to my car very excited to open this thing up and see what all the fuss was about.
The thing that really jumped out at me after I peeled back part of the wrapper was the size. There was absolutely no way this thing would fit in my mouth. I tried. I tried twice. I really wanted chicken. Couldn’t do it, so I had to deconstruct the sandwich. Everyone is making such a huge deal about the caloric content. If they cut the size of the chicken in half so it could actually be eaten as a sandwich, it would cut off a pretty good chunk of those calories.
I pulled the top piece of chicken off and ate that like a boneless chicken breast. No surprises. It tasted like a piece of Original recipe. I prefer the extra crispy. The original recipe always seems so greasy and slimy. This piece of chicken was like that too. The skin didn’t want to stay on which made it harder to eat.
After tackling the first piece of chicken, I grabbed the other as an open face sandwich. Again, same problem with the chicken. The cheese was about half melted. The bacon was alright. It sort of got lost with the rest of the ingredients. The Colonel Sauce is pretty much a Thousand Island. I didn’t even realize that was on it, but it didn’t taste horrible. I didn’t know what it was on the first bite, but again, the chicken taste is what you really got.
I’m not really buying into the hype that this thing is gonna cause a heart attack. When you think about it rationally, is it really any different than ordering a two piece chicken meal with two sides? No. It’s pretty much the same damn thing, so don’t go making all these jokes about how fat our society is. I’ve eaten a bucket of KFC by myself in one sitting. That’s a whole lot worse for me than this sandwich. All the Double Down is is a two piece meal without the bones. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to eat and if you don’t like the Original Recipe, it’s not the greatest tasting thing in the world, but it’s not the end of society either. If the sandwich was offered in Extra Crispy, I would probably eat it for every meal…..or every other, but let’s not split hairs. My only real complaint is the size. Not for all the extra calories, but because you really can’t eat it on the go. I ended up sitting in the parking lot to eat mine.