OK, I know, I know, I don’t review chains. But this one I have nearly a personal interest in. Nearly.
Outside my office, on Mason-Montgomery Road, I’ve watched the old Amor de Brasil be torn down and the lot rebuilt over the past few months. It’s actually been kind of cool to watch the daily process on building something. Anyway, I was out of town for a week last week, and I guess that’s when they put the finishing touches on the restaurant, because when I got back on Tuesday, the entire parking lot was filled with tents.
Tents. The sheer number and quality would have given Bass Pro Shop pause.
Chick-Fil-A, for fast food, isn’t bad– the chicken isn’t a pressed patty, for instance, and chicken breasts actually come to the restaurants whole and they filet them by hand– but, uh, it’s not worth camping out over.
Turns out they were giving away “Free Chick-Fil-A for a Year*”. I’m not sure I could eat that much Chik-Fil-A, nor would I want to. The asterisk indicates that it’s not really a year, it’s once a week for a year. Still.
Aside: invariably, I decide I want Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday. I’ve worked for both Saks and Macy’s, and whenever I’d work on a Sunday, I’d want Chick-Fil-A and be disappointed when I realized they were closed.
So Thursday was the grand opening, and I managed to leave my lunch at home. I needed to grab lunch. As the restaurant in the lobby of my building has deteriorated in quality (and increased prices), Chick-Fil-A is the only restaurant within safe walking distance from my office (I say safe, because there are no sidewalks, and drivers in Mason are nuts!).
I have never seen so many employees at one fast food restaurant in my life. I guess they really wanted this location to go well, because they shipped in people from all over the South (mostly). By the time I went (2 PM), there were more employees than customers. Amusing.
I ended up with a #1, a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, fries, and a diet lemonade. I really do like their chicken sandwiches, because they’re fresh-tasting, juicy, and above all, taste like actual chicken. There’s not too much breading, and I enjoy the slightly wilted pickle. It’s simple, but not bad for a fast lunch. I REALLY love their diet lemonade, and I have a feeling I’ll walk over there fairly often just for the lemonade (and skip the rest).
I just thought this was too amusing not to review. Don’t worry, your regularly scheduled independent restaurants will be back, I assure you.