One of my favorite places to eat as a child was Kentucky Fried Chicken, now known as KFC. I have very fond memories of my parents picking up a bucket of chicken for picnics, Sunday afternoon lunches or just when it was too hot for mom to cook. As Chattanooga moved into the 1990s and 2000s, things began to change at KFC. Their chicken became exceptionally greasy and the stores started closing across the area. Before long there were only a few KFCs left in the Chattanooga area and I had sworn off eating there. I will admit I missed the chicken of my childhood.
Fast forward to 2013, the KFC commercials were making my mouth water and I contemplated giving them another chance. After much discussion with my husband, who has his own KFC memories, we decide to give them a try. So this past Friday night, we headed to the East Brainerd KFC for a walk down memory lane. Click on the pictures above to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of our KFC experience. Let’s just say, I am willing to get a bucket of chicken but not much else. It is still not the restaurant of my childhood.
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My husband went old school and ordered a two piece original recipe dinner. His chicken was juicy but not greasy and was full of flavor. Both his sides, mashed potatoes and coleslaw, and my side, mac and cheese, were delicious. The sides were prepacked into storage containers and stored in a warmer/cooler. This helped with the speed of service but it had me questioning their freshness.
The pricing was a bit steep for what we received, in my opinion. It costs us $17 to eat fast food. We can usually do that for around $10-$12. My husband’s meal was good but the rest of it did not blow me away. We also had to deal with slow service and a cashier who did not have full knowledge of the menu. Since we had not been there in years, we had a few questions. She could not answer a single one.
I ordered the Delicious Chicken Sandwich which, according to the menu picture, should have a big, thick piece of chicken on a bun with a special sauce, cheese and bacon. What I received was nothing more than a large, thin chicken tender that barely covered half the bun. Also, it was pressed down hard enough to break the bun. The flavor was pretty good but, overall, the sandwich left a lot to be desired.