As most of you know, I am from the South. Over the years that I’ve been in Calgary, I’ve learned to live without the food of my youth. However, when something I miss makes it’s way to Calgary…I am PUMPED. So when my friend Wes sent me a “Popeyes….Coming Soon” sign from Forest Lawn, I couldn’t wait to know more. Southern fried chicken in Calgary? Woo hoo!
Over the next few months I combed the internet for info on the opening and watched as Edmonton enjoyed their new store. Soon, it was time! The Calgary Popeye’s was OPEN. Evan and I were lucky enough to pop in for a visit on the day before their official opening. There were still crowds but we were able to get in and enjoy our meal in no time. In the days following, I saw pictures of lines out the doors. The good news…it is good enough to be worth the wait….on and I’m sure the lines will die down soon enEvaough.
Now…on to the food!
Evan and I were the only ones to visit so I didn’t order too much food. I went with the spicy fried chicken plate with red beans and rice. The chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I found the crust flavourful but I wouldn’t call it spicy. I loved the red beans and rice. The portion was pretty small but I didn’t need a ton since I also had two pieces of chicken and a biscuit. The biscut was amazing. Flakey, buttery…it was everything I want in a biscuit…and I didn’t have to make it myself. WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!
Evan was in a MOOD. He couldn’t decide what he wanted. After much deliberation (is it ALL chicken?), he decided to go with the chicken nugget kids meal. Each nugget was cut from real chicken breast and breaded. No pre-formed chicken parts here. Evan hoovered them down and deemed them “the best chicken EVER”. Unfortunately, he didn’t love the onion rings but he as loads of other options for sides. He finished off his meal with a fried apple pie. He can’t wait to go back and take Dewey!
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