It’s not often that I eat chicken. I like chicken, but it tends to be too much work for me. When I do feel the urge to eat chicken and I’m looking for fast food, I will go to KFC. The company was founded many years ago as Kentucky Fried Chicken. It was acquired by PepsiCo and spun off as part of TriCon Global, which now goes by Yum! Brands. (Full disclosure: I own stock in both companies. Not much, but I do own stock.) The name was shortened to KFC, partly because the chain started offering things other than chicken, but mostly to get away from the growing stigma of fried food.
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I’ve found myself going to KFC more recently, partly because of this. They have wraps, chicken wings, buckets of chicken and other chicken-related items. I think someone at the company realized that chicken (using the Colonel’s secret recipe) was their main attraction and stuck with it. They now offer grilled chicken, which I must admit, isn’t all bad.
I usually stick with the chicken wraps. The sandwiches tend not to be as filling, so I’ll often have to get several at once or get something else with it. Like most other chains, you can get combos, which include a drink. Many even include a side dish. They serve Pepsi products, which I like. The one thing I don’t like is that they don’t have French fries as a side dish. Instead, they have things like coleslaw and corn on the cob. They have biscuits, but those aren’t available as a side dish with the combos. This means that I usually have to order each item separately. (They do have potato wedges, but they’re not the same as fries.)
Part of why I didn’t go as often was the fact that the closest location was hard to get to by bus. (I’ve been driving for the past few years.) The prices are also a little higher than what I’m willing to pay for lunch. Expect to pay between $5 and $6 for a meal, assuming you don’t get anything for desert. If you’re ordering a bucket, you can expect to pay a little more, but can be split between several people. Since the prices aren’t available on the web site, I don’t know if the prices vary. You may find the prices to be higher or lower depending on where you go. (I don’t know if chicken prices are that volatile, but I know I’m going to get some comments about it.)
I’ve passed a few locations that feature buffets. I’ve never had the opportunity to go in to one of these locations, although I’d like to. I like buffets and I like KFC, so I think this would be a perfect fit. I’m not really sure why these aren’t made available at more locations. I’m assuming it may have to do with demographics or with the size of the location.
Off all the chicken chains available in the Miami area, I do like KFC the best. I feel that they have the best chicken and have more options available to me. Unfortunately, when it comes to getting chicken for dinner, there aren’t many others in my family that agree with me. We usually end up getting Pollo Tropical. I think this has to do with both proximity and the fact that Pollo Tropical is known for grilling the food. (If I’m not the one paying, I often don’t complain about it that much.) We’ve had Boston Market a few times, but it tends to be too fancy when it’s really not.
Even now that I’m driving, the locations tend to be an issue. There’s only one location that I pass on a regular basis, and it‘s on Biscayne Boulevard. For this reason, it’s hard for me to say how much the chain varies by location. From what I can tell, the differences are mostly appearance, but I’ve only been to one other location in the past few years. The location on Biscayne was recently renovated, so it does have a much cleaner appearance. It wasn’t that bad before, but the other location I’ve been to looked a little more run down.
I think most health nuts will avoid KFC, even with the grilled chicken. I think they tried healthy things like salads for a while, but realized that it just wasn’t going to happen. It was like when Las Vegas tried to brand itself as a family-friendly destination. (Who are we kidding?) They recently introduced the Double Down, which uses two pieces of chicken instead of bread and has enough sodium to last you a week. I think even Dr. Robert Adkins would have a problem with that. Personally, I don’t.
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