Dueling Restaurants: Popeyes
Popeyes first began their business 47 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana. They first opened their first franchise in Louisiana in 1976 and later expanded all the way to Toronto, Canada in 1984. Since then, Popeyes has grown internationally and has expanded its business with 3,451 restaurants located in the United States, Puerto Rico, and 30 other countries worldwide.
A close location to Shadow Ridge is on N. Durango Dr. When I first arrived at this location, the drive-thru line was very long. We waited in the line for about 20 minutes before we were able to order our food. I decided to get a spicy chicken sandwich without pickles. This has been my go to order since the big debate between Chick-fil-a and Popeyes battle over who has the better sandwich. Throughout my experience, the staff was very kind even through a really busy rush hour. After spending about a total of 30 minutes in the drive-thru, we finally received our meals.
The sandwich itself was definitely larger than the one at Chick-Fil-A, and it was very delicious. The chicken was very warm and crispy on the outside, and the sauce they put in it was very good as well. Resulting in 700 calories total, the sandwich was definitely able to make me full. Overall, I would recommend Popeyes to anyone! The service and quality of the food was definitely worth the price!
Dueling Restaurants: Chick-Fil-A
Chick-Fil-A all began with Truett Cathy, the original diner, at the Dwarf Grill in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946. To expand their business they first started in a mall, then in 1986, they opened their first stand-alone restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta. Since then, Chick-Fil-A has gone on to chain their brand, with nearly 3,000 locations worldwide.
The location I chose to attend was the one on Rancho Dr. Though the line was long, even for a Chick-Fil-A, it did not take long for our order to be taken. They had their staff with tablets, going car to car to take customers orders. While I was waiting, the staff was being kind, and they did not express any form of disrespect, even with the stressful line. I wanted to keep things fair, so I chose to get a spicy chicken sandwich with no pickles and Chick-Fil-A sauce. After more waiting in the line, we finally got to the drive-thru window. After we received our meals, we went home to enjoy our food.
The sandwich was very delicious. It didn’t come with a sauce already on the sandwich, like the one at Popeyes, but I used Chick-Fil-A sauce to substitute. The sandwich was not as crispy, or big, as the one from Popeyes, but it was still tasty. Although it was just as fulfilling as the one from Popeyes, this sandwich only resulted in 463 calories, not including the added Chick-Fil-A sauce. In conclusion, I would recommend Chick-fil-a to everyone who would like anything inexpensive and tasty.