Wow, I can’t believe how fast time has flown by…..and we’re STILL going through this pandemic.
Better late than never with this third, and potentially final, sandwich post.
As much as I love J. Alexander’s, their chicken sandwich was a miss for me. It was basic, and nothing to boast about. I give it points for being on the larger side, especially when compared to its fast food counterparts. The slaw was a little overpowering, and the chicken was a little underwhelming. Needless to say, I’ll be sticking to my steak & fries there.
Y’all, this place had SOOOOO much hype. EVERYONE was telling me it was worth the 50 minute drive to eat at this chicken joint INSIDE a gas station, with no indoor seating.
So we made the trek down to Monroe in the middle of winter, and ended up sitting on the curb of the gas station. While it was definitely a solid sandwich, Popeye’s is still my benchmark, and this fell [very slightly] short. I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is that could have made the sandwich more exciting; it may have been a mental thing for me because I was expecting to find the greatest spicy chicken sandwich of all time. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re driving south from Metro Detroit, I definitely recommend stopping here….but probably not worth going out of your way for. Also, those waffle fries are bomb.
If you’re on the hunt for an unconventional spicy chicken sandwich, look no further. Takoi is my FAVORITE Thai restaurant in the area. Everything on their menu is robust in flavor, combining sweet, savory, and tangy, with heavy herbs and spices, which equate to perfectly executed Thai flavors. Their Thai chicken sandwich is no exception. The papaya salad brings a spark of brightness and a lot of crunch, and offers an interesting spin on flavors. I would say that the only two things I didn’t quite like were the amount of spice, and the coconut milk ranch.
If you’re like me, and have an existing preference for what ranch should taste like, then the coconut milk ranch might weird you out a little too. It does help with the heat factor of this sandwich. If you like a mouth burning, can’t feel your tongue level of heat, this sandwich is for you.
Meh. I put this above the McDonald’s sandwich, but on par with Wendy’s. I don’t know what that says about the sandwich. It is okay. I’m a huge BK burger fan, so I regretted swapping out my usual double bacon cheeseburger for this mediocre chicken sandwich that had entirely too much bread.
Last, but not least….
DAVE’S HOT CHICKEN
Yes, that’s right. I rated this a 9. I love this place so much, that I put it that close to my Popeye’s benchmark.
What is there to say? The spice on the chicken is just right, and it is tender and juicy. The spicy sauce is great, the chicken is the star and is not overwhelmed by too much bun or too much slaw. The service is fast, the fries are amazing….I mean, what more can you ask for?
Unlike Popeye’s, you don’t have to wait in line for 45 minutes and repeat your order 5 times. Now that I’m writing this, I might change it to an even tie between the two chains. Full disclosure- I did update my Popeye’s rating to a 9.5 during this post because all the other places I’ve eaten at have been shit in comparison.
Everyone’s tastes are obviously different, so let me know if you check these places out, and whether or not you agree with my ratings! As always, I appreciate you checking out my blog! 🙂