Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits – Grand Rapids
Is it wrong to love a chain? I mean really love a chain. Not a, yeah, that’s pretty good, but I mean crave food from a chain restaurant. Does that make me a horrible “foodie”?
There’s only one chain that I will pass up a local joint for. That chain is Popeyes. I fell in love with it when I was in college. That’s pretty spectacular because there were a lot of chicken choices. There was Chicago chain Brown’s and there was an amazing local place not too far from campus.
Unfortunately, there are no Popeyes locations in Kalamazoo. There’s one in Battle Creek and I found out while looking for something else, there’s one in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids location is on South Division near Burton. It’s sort of out of place in the neighborhood. There are no other chain restaurants anywhere remotely close. There are a slew of local Mexican joints, but no chains as far as the eye can see.
I pulled in to a very crowded parking lot a little after 8:00 on a Saturday night. From what I’m told, this is not an unusual sight. There’s only one Popeyes in town and I’m not the only one that’s addicted to their chicken.
I feel a little bad because I turned J on to Popeyes when we lived in Peoria. She grew up on Brown’s Chicken in the Chicago suburbs and always felt there was no way anyone could ever beat it. I think I’ve gotten pretty close to convincing her she’s wrong. She wasn’t with me on this trip and I will admit, I felt a little guilty about getting chicken without her.
The drive thru was crazy packed, but there weren’t a whole lot of people inside. There were a couple people at the counter waiting on carry-out, but that was it. I walked right in and placed my order for meal #3.
The meal consists of three pieces of chicken, choice of side and one of their legendary biscuits. I picked the cajun fries for my side. The cost was a little over five bucks and even with the huge drive thru line, I had my food and was on my way back to work in less than ten minutes.
The three pieces of chicken were a drumstick, a wing, and a breast. I’m a little odd when it comes to chicken because I generally prefer white meat. I like the dark meat and will gladly eat dark meat, but I go straight for the breasts (insert tasteless joke here). Popeyes gives you the choice between spicy and mild. Of course, I went with the spicy.
I don’t know what they do different, but the breading at Popeyes is what sets them apart from the competition. It’s so crunchy and sticks to the meat so it’s not sliding off after your first bite like Original Recipe does. The spicy actually does have a little bit of a spice to it.
The cajun fries are restaurant fries with a cajun seasoning. The ones I got had been in the warmer for a while, but were still pretty good. They were a little soggy and starting to turn cold, but nothing worth complaining about. As soon as I got back in the car, I opened the box and went for the fries. It was the only thing I had eaten all day and it was really a teaser for the chicken that would come eventually.
The final piece of the meal is the amazing biscuits. If I was exiled to some remote land and I could only bring four foods with me, but I would have an unlimited supply of those foods, I would pick pulled pork, pizza, hamburgers, and Popeyes biscuits. They’re that good.
I apologize for gushing over a chain restaurant, but it’s been well over a year since I’ve been able to find a Popeyes. It was one of the first thing we looked for when we moved here and were disappointed to find there were none. I know one of these nights, I’m gonna get a phone call asking me to bring a bucket of chicken and a couple dozen biscuits home. I will happily oblige.