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Ono Hawaiian BBQ

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Ono Hawaiian BBQ is a small west-coast chain offering chicken and beef dishes with a distinctly Hawaiian flair.  BBQ, Teriyaki, Island Curry, and Chicken Katsu are just some of the specialties.  They also offer beef, pork and seafood menu items, along with a couple including that Hawaii staple, Spam.  For sides, Ono offers rice and macaroni salad and serves their food accented with cabbage.

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The chicken is moist and tasty – like what you might grill yourself at home.  In fact, I can’t recall a more moist chicken at a fast food or quick serve restaurant.  The food is just different enough to feel like a treat but convenient enough to enjoy as an alternative to other more traditional fast food fare.

The Japanese/Polynesian influenced menu might be more at home in our International restaurant category.  But Hawaii being a state, we think it fits best in the Chicken category where the majority of their menu is centered.

Next time you are in Northern or Southern California or the Phoenix area, check them out!

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Raising Canes

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Raising Canes is a small chicken finger chain operating outlets in more than a dozen states. The menu is an exercise in simplicity: chicken fingers. That’s it. You can have them as is or on a bun, but no burgers here. There are a few main combinations, all basically settling upon the number of fingers and whether you get one or two sides. My box had four fingers, crinkle fries, cole slaw and a piece of Texas toast.

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Yummm! The chicken fingers were juicy, salty and crispy. They come with secret “Cane sauce” which hopefully is not in any way connected to the fact that the namesake “Cane” is a dog. The crinkle fries were thin and tasty. The cole slaw was cool and sweet. The Texas toast was, well, unnecessary.

Raising Cane’s has a fun restaurant atmosphere, with a mirrored disco ball, campy movie posters, and top 40 music to entertain you while you feast. They claim they can crank out 100 fingers in just a few minutes, making them an excellent go-to for last minute parties.

Check out Raising Cane’s and enjoy something different.

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Zaxby’s

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Zaxby’s is a regional fast food chicken chain with over 500 stores in 11 states.  Founded in Georgia in 1990, Zaxby’s focuses on fresh chicken items (grilled and fried).

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I enjoyed my visit to Zaxby’s.  The staff was friendly and the food was served hot.  The menu entirely made up of chicken items, with a focus on chicken breast sandwiches, wings and strips.  I opted for the Cajun Club, a hearty meal with a large white meat breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a sturdy bun.  The “basket” I ordered came with crinkle fries, a welcome sight.  The soda fountain even had crushed ice, my favorite kind.

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Next time you find yourself in the south and are hankerin’ for a quick chicken snack, bypass that other southern chicken juggernaut and try this down home fast food treat.

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Sidney’s Chicken

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6 locations in the greater Mobile area

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Reader Mary Lowery recommends Fried chicken, fried okra, and biscuits (with lots of butter and honey)

 

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Boston Market

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Contact: 800-365-7000.
Boston Market Corporation: Attn: Customer Care, 14103 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401

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Brown’s Chicken & Pasta

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Church’s Chicken

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KFC

About: Founded ca1950, Louisville, KY 10,826 locations worldwide (half domestic, half international)

Contact: 800-225-5532 Author Recommends: Crispy Chicken, Crispy Strips

Reader Jeannie Wilkinson offers the following opinions about KFCs outside the U.S.:

“I’ve awarded some of the top establishments in various countries for their tasty and unique versions of KFC staples:

1) Best Mashed Potatoes: San Jose, Costa Rica has far and away the best mashed potatoes imaginable. They’re chunky, yellowish and nothin’ like the stuff they serve in the States. (which btw I am a fan of)

2) Best Restaurant: The KFC in Chaing Mai, Thailand actually serves their chicken with real utensils. No plastic sporks in this joint — it’s a very classy meal!

3) Best Rice: Yeah, weird to imagine, but SE Asia doesn’t serve mashed potatoes. Lombok, Indonesia did have some very tasty white rice to savor. (note: I loved this restaurant because I found one of my best travel souvenirs — a toilet sticker that showed a little stick figure squatting ON the toilet with a broad red X through it and a happy little stick man sitting ON the toilet. Copies available).

4) Best Chicken: I’m really thinking this goes to the outlet in Cairo. Middle Easterners really do their chicken right!

5) Best Corn on the Cob: I’m actually going to give this to San Jose, Costa Rica. Soft and sweet.

6) Best Biscuits: SORRY, but I cannot in good faith give this award to any of the foreign KFCs. The best I’ve had is here in the good ole US of A and no one (so far) can even compare. Carry reserves.”

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With the possible exception of pizza, no fast food menu could possibly be more confusing and complicated than that of a fried chicken outlet. And KFC has not made menu selection any easier for the average fast food novice. Consider, for example, that KFC differentiates between a “meal” and a “combo,” terms often interchangable at other fast food chains. A “meal” is typically some chicken, a side or two, and a biscuit. A “combo” is often the same thing, but including a drink.

Now, to many people, choices are good. And if you like the ability to custom-tailor your meal, there’s no better place to do it than at KFC. Just don’t try to get too fancy in the drive-thru. At KFC, you get to decide

How many pieces
White or dark meat
Original or Crispy (or Spicy at some locations)
What side How many sides
Drink or no drink

Are meals and combos a good deal? Yes, and sort of, depending on what combination you try. Generally, meals and combos are still a significant savings over buying everything separately.

If you’re reading this and thinking “they are really picky about the menu prices, but haven’t even mentioned the actual food,” rest-assured. We were getting to that. The food, in a word, is great. It is unusual to have a bad meal there. The new sandwiches are tasty, the chicken strips are divine with honey mustard, and everything is as it should be when you aren’t particularly watching your nutritional values. After all, that’s the joy of fast food and of fried chicken in particular.

Speaking of nutrition, there are a few things you can do to minimize the impact on your waistline. For one thing, you can drop the biscuit. It’s okay, they fall apart when you try to eat them anyway (yes, we know they’re supposed to be “flakey.”) For another, try getting a chicken sandwich with sauce on the side. Finally, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob, believe it or not, have the lowest calories and fat of any of the sides.

Ok, now that we’ve sung the praises of the food, there is something we find simply unacceptable: not all of the menu items are available when you order them. This is particularly apparent after, say, 8pm when they seem to want to unload whatever they’ve got left. But it even happened to us during a lunch rush when we were told we’d have to wait 5-10 minutes for a BBQ chicken sandwich (the staff was, however, apologetic and substituted a more expensive item without additional charge.) The simple complaint is: if we are craving extra crispy thighs and legs (and who doesn’t now and then) we should be able to get them as long as the store is open. No excuses. Just have them ready to go or take them off the menu. -RB

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Koo Koo Roo

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