Mini-Review: Chick-Fil-A

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.

Anyway.

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. img_0201

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  • http://verybigblog.com verybigjen

    Next time you go, ask for polynesian sauce. I take three. one for the sandiwch and two for the fries.

    DAMN good.

  • http://phantomxii.vox.com phantomxii

    It still seems odd to center a restaurant around chicken sandwiches. Even KFC touts several presentations of its foundational meat.

    Camping out for that deal boggles my mind. OK, I get that we’re in a recession, but–wow.

  • http://bluecollardesign.com bshermcincy

    I always like you site, but this post has certainly increased my respect for your insightfulness! :-)

  • http://idtmi.blogspot.com PHSChemGuy

    Get out of my head…

    You’ve really hit a bunch of my favorites lately – Knotty Pine, Chik Fil A, Hamburger Mary’s, Betta’s.

    I know it’s blind luck, but thanks.

  • Athnasor

    I’d like to ask a question that I can’t ask outright with out potentially sounding stalkerish. I work sorta across the street from the new Chik-fil-a. Sort of, in that I sure won’t cross Mason-Mtgmry on foot. Our cafeteria sucks rocks. Is your in-house restaurant any good and is it open to the public? Always looking for alternatives that don’t involve Fields Ertel at lunch.

  • http://www.foodiewannabes.blogspot.com k

    i love chik-fil-a. even their breakfast is good. there is supposed to be one opening on the westside and i can’t wait. waffle fries and lemonade every week for a year sounds like it might be worth camping out….