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Title: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on February 04, 2010, 02:42:19 PM
http://www.ajc.com/business/chick-fil-a-to-105346.html?imw=Y

I say finally but it sounds like we have to wait a while longer, until 2011.  I remember reading about the spicy chicken sandwich a couple years ago being market tested in Florida or California.  I was hoping it would make it to Atlanta sooner than 2011 (I even asked a store manager about it last year and they gave me a blank stare) but I guess we'll have to wait.  Chick-Fil-A is the only fast food restaurant I'll frequent.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: gwilson on February 04, 2010, 11:44:31 PM
I got an email from Chick-Fil-A recently, and it said that it would be available in June of this year.  (Unless I misread it.)


-Greg
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Hrothgar on February 05, 2010, 03:20:07 PM
I have a close relative who works at CFA corporate, and he told us about the spicy sandwich coming a few months ago. It is currently available in the CFA headquarters cafeteria, and he says it's delicious. Supposedly, the spiciness is achieved through a marinade and is in the breading, rather than a sauce or spice shaker or anything. It's like a regular CFA sandwich, but spicy.

Certainly looking forward to its arrival!
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: The_Scientist on February 07, 2010, 02:16:42 PM
Sorry, I only crave Chick-Fil-A on Sundays.  ::)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Minerva on March 03, 2010, 12:59:12 PM
http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-restaurants-food/how-spicy-is-chick-344283.html (http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-restaurants-food/how-spicy-is-chick-344283.html)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on March 03, 2010, 07:02:30 PM
I hope they make it tasteably spicy...every "spicy" chicken sammich i've tried is anything but.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on March 03, 2010, 07:46:21 PM
Wendy's used to have a decent spicy chicken sammich, and of course, Popeye's (if they get off their butts to make them).
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: largeleon on March 27, 2010, 08:55:58 PM
I heard the Dwarf House near southlake mall has it, but that is second hand knowledge so no confirmation.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on May 09, 2010, 04:32:37 PM
Put it in yer calendars - Friday, May 21, go to:

http://www.getspicychicken.com/

and reserve a spicy Chick-fil-a for your very own...

BTW, they come onto menus June 7th.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: jpellett251 on May 10, 2010, 07:07:31 PM
I really don't get why Chick-Fil-A has a reputation as better tasting fast food.  I hadn't been in years, but for whatever reason I've been to three different ones in the last few months and every sandwich I've had has been pretty bad, two way overcooked and one extremely soggy.  Gross.  I doubt I'll ever be back.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on May 10, 2010, 07:16:27 PM
Maybe not "better tasting" but at least recognizable chicken parts?
I think it tastes pretty good. A chicken biscuit is pretty darn good.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: jpellett251 on May 11, 2010, 12:55:10 AM
Tasty chicken biscuits was what I remembered from years ago, but what I've had recently couldn't even be saved by looking like real chicken parts.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on May 11, 2010, 07:06:15 AM
I've almost always had a good (if not exactly filling) chunk of real chicken from Chick-fil-a, with none of the 'chopped crap' that some fast food places call chicken. The ones I frequent make their biscuits in-house each morning, and seem to keep up on frying the chicken fresh (there are some Chick-fil-a's that don't look too good from the outside - I'll find another one if it looks grungy.) My fav is still the Dwarf House down by the airport.

I used to have a bad jones on Popeye's spicy chicken, but a bad experience with the Boulevard store fixed that problem. Zaxby's seem to be getting cheaper with their chicken sourcing - last 2 times haven't been good (the one over in Metter).
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: MoButter on May 11, 2010, 05:10:39 PM
Quote from: KoPP link=topic=852.msg8155#msg8155 date=. Zaxby's seem to be getting cheaper with their chicken sourcing - last 2 times haven't been good (the one over in Metter).
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I always heard that it was better in Metter.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: omnivorous on May 12, 2010, 03:43:59 PM
I really don't get why Chick-Fil-A has a reputation as better tasting fast food.  I hadn't been in years, but for whatever reason I've been to three different ones in the last few months and every sandwich I've had has been pretty bad, two way overcooked and one extremely soggy.  Gross.  I doubt I'll ever be back.

Sometimes people like different things and have different experiences :P
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Northside Food on May 12, 2010, 04:30:27 PM
A Chik-fil-a biscuit with just a dab of yellow mustard is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: The_Scientist on May 12, 2010, 10:17:25 PM
What would a chicken biscuit taste like if there were no God?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: omnivorous on May 13, 2010, 01:19:31 AM
Richard Dawkins.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: The_Scientist on May 13, 2010, 06:49:11 AM
And what does a highly regarded molecular biologist and author taste like?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Foodgeek on May 13, 2010, 10:34:09 AM
And what does a highly regarded molecular biologist and author taste like?

It's sort of a subtle flavor.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on May 13, 2010, 11:28:15 AM
And what does a highly regarded molecular biologist and author taste like?

It's sort of a subtle flavor.

Not enuf char.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: jonnymack on May 14, 2010, 12:36:48 PM
Put it in yer calendars - Friday, May 21, go to:

http://www.getspicychicken.com/

and reserve a spicy Chick-fil-a for your very own...

BTW, they come onto menus June 7th.

It's no coincidence that it goes on the menu on my birthday.  At least not to me.  Stop staring at me.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on May 17, 2010, 10:19:57 AM
Put it in yer calendars - Friday, May 21, go to:

http://www.getspicychicken.com/

and reserve a spicy Chick-fil-a for your very own...

BTW, that page now says you can make your reservation Monday, May 24.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 17, 2010, 10:37:37 AM
Of course if you got an (ahem) email from them, in which case you can still sign up on Friday.  ::)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on May 21, 2010, 11:20:59 AM
Reservations are being taken NOW.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on May 21, 2010, 12:01:38 PM
sweet, reserved mine!
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on May 21, 2010, 12:19:49 PM
Reservations are being taken NOW.
Only if you got the invite.  8-( I signed up for chick-fil-a emailings but get the reservation.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on May 21, 2010, 12:24:23 PM
Reservations are being taken NOW.
Only if you got the invite.  8-( I signed up for chick-fil-a emailings but get the reservation.

I didn't get an invite and i signed up
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on May 21, 2010, 12:35:37 PM
Reservations are being taken NOW.
Only if you got the invite.  8-( I signed up for chick-fil-a emailings but get the reservation.

I didn't get an invite and i signed up

Weird.  When I attempt to get a reservation via my work 'puter it wants an invite.  But if access the page from my home 'puter I get the form to make the reservation.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: bettylouski on May 26, 2010, 02:52:04 PM
Friend in SoCal was part of test market area, received coupon in mail to try for free.  She of the iron tongue sez it was way, way too spicy, described it as "eating chicken encrusted in fiery hot cheetos X 100."  I'm anxious to see if they toned it down after the initial try.  Will find out next week!
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 26, 2010, 03:07:20 PM
Friend in SoCal was part of test market area, received coupon in mail to try for free.  She of the iron tongue sez it was way, way too spicy, described it as "eating chicken encrusted in fiery hot cheetos X 100."  I'm anxious to see if they toned it down after the initial try.  Will find out next week!

Hopefully it's not going to be that kind of fake bright orange like the spicy Cheetos.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Lorenzo on May 26, 2010, 05:04:20 PM
Besha says it really is spicy: http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/omnivore/2010/05/26/chick-fil-a-spicy-chicken-sandwich-tastes-like-chicken-and-spicy/#more-11387
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: rwcohen on May 26, 2010, 05:43:29 PM
I got i on Monday and if its good, I got 1 on Wednesday

 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

thankyouverymuch
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on May 26, 2010, 07:04:09 PM
good thinking on the multiples!:)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on May 27, 2010, 04:31:06 AM
Friend in SoCal was part of test market area, received coupon in mail to try for free.  She of the iron tongue sez it was way, way too spicy, described it as "eating chicken encrusted in fiery hot cheetos X 100."  I'm anxious to see if they toned it down after the initial try.  Will find out next week!

Someone other than 13-15-year old boys eat Firey Hot Cheetos?  ;D
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: bettylouski on May 27, 2010, 06:45:38 AM
Friend in SoCal was part of test market area, received coupon in mail to try for free.  She of the iron tongue sez it was way, way too spicy, described it as "eating chicken encrusted in fiery hot cheetos X 100."  I'm anxious to see if they toned it down after the initial try.  Will find out next week!

Someone other than 13-15-year old boys eat Firey Hot Cheetos?  ;D

I think it was a pregnancy kind of obsession. . .
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on May 27, 2010, 07:30:35 AM
Friend in SoCal was part of test market area, received coupon in mail to try for free.  She of the iron tongue sez it was way, way too spicy, described it as "eating chicken encrusted in fiery hot cheetos X 100."  I'm anxious to see if they toned it down after the initial try.  Will find out next week!

Someone other than 13-15-year old boys eat Firey Hot Cheetos?  ;D
I may act the average age of 14 sometimes.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on May 27, 2010, 09:40:09 AM
http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2010/05/27/first-look-chick-fil-a-spicy-chicken-sandwich/?cxntfid=blogs_food_and_more
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: jpellett251 on May 27, 2010, 01:19:42 PM
They chose a good time to give away a free sandwich.  After my last few times there I wouldn't have paid to test them again, but I'll gladly test my free sandwich next week and see if they redeem themselves.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 27, 2010, 02:19:36 PM
 
They chose a good time to give away a free sandwich.  After my last few times there I wouldn't have paid to test them again, but I'll gladly test my free sandwich next week and see if they redeem themselves.

Its funny you mention that, I went to a Chick Fil A on my road travels one day a week or so ago and I got a really bad sandwich, it was just like you described before: bad & soggy.  I did go at a very busy time so I have no doubt the sandwiches were cooked way ahead of time and sitting in bags just waiting to be tossed out the drive-thru window.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: rwcohen on May 31, 2010, 05:58:23 PM
I tried the spicy Chick-Fil-A tonight and found it to have a little zing, especially after the first bite, it tended to ling in the back of my mouth for a while. I complete the comparison with a regular sandwich which I doused with Texas Pete, supplied by the store, and found that the spicy lingered just a little bit longer than the altered sandwich. Is it worth the additional .14, dunno, I'll try another one on Wednesday .

Oy, Cal you have it so tough!!
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on June 01, 2010, 11:53:16 AM
I wouldn't call it spicy but it did have decent flavor.  And mine had 3, count them, 3 pickle slices!  When I asked for a water to go with my sandwich the lady behind the counter said "You'll need something to drink with it!"  I asked if that was because it was spicy or salty.  "Spicy", she says.  I saw the general manager handing out spicy chicken sandwiches to a few customers.  The location I went to becam a zoo at about 12:10.  I didn't realize that many people went to Chick-fil-A.  That's probably the 4th time I've ever been in one and probably the last.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 01, 2010, 12:24:53 PM
Agreed.  It is spicy enough to notice but not overpowering.  There is an earthy flavor of some sort that is in the background but I couldn't quite pin it down.  I almost wanted to think it was cumin but who knows.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: jpellett251 on June 02, 2010, 12:41:08 PM
Despite my recent experiences I actually expected to like the spicy sandwich.  Good thing it was free.  It was soggy and I wouldn't have known it was supposed to be spicy if it didn't say.  It just tasted a little dirty.  I generally respect the opinions of lots of people here who like CFA, love good fried food and don't have that skeeze issue that Kessler has, so I don't really understand the disconnect.  Without even getting into the specifics of how this sandwich was spiced, it just doesn't seem like well prepared food to me.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 03, 2010, 07:35:27 AM
Fast food.  Not Bacchanalia.

Now they shouldn't be soggy (mine wasn't and they VERY rarely are) and food safety rules aside, but you can't expect high school kids on summer jobs to be preparing your food with the utmost care.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on June 03, 2010, 08:33:13 AM
Seriously dudes, we're talking fast food here...what is everyone expecting? I'm assuming that the soggy is also due to the fact that they have about 1500 freebies to hand out every 2 hours so they have to have them ready.

i'm just grateful that when i have to eat fast food, there is somewhere that has what i can something that i recognize as a real product, unlike mcdonalds.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Foodgeek on June 03, 2010, 08:41:56 AM
I tried the new sandwich. It was alright. It was a little spicier than I expected it to be, but otherwise not very notable. I didn't taste any cumin, if it's there.

I'm in jpellett's camp. I don't see the attraction of CFA, and now that McDonald's has a natural chicken breast sandwich as well, I don't see that as something that makes them stand out. The peach milkshake is good, though. Really good.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Lorenzo on June 03, 2010, 08:43:04 AM
. . .
i'm just grateful that when i have to eat fast food, there is somewhere that has what i can something that i recognize as a real product, unlike mcdonalds.


By "real product" do you mean because Chick-Fil-A is made with a solid piece of chicken rather than a patty?  I don't generally eat at either Chick-Fil-A or McD's--just askin'.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on June 03, 2010, 08:55:18 AM
. . .
i'm just grateful that when i have to eat fast food, there is somewhere that has what i can something that i recognize as a real product, unlike mcdonalds.


By "real product" do you mean because Chick-Fil-A is made with a solid piece of chicken rather than a patty?  I don't generally eat at either Chick-Fil-A or McD's--just askin'.

yup. I can tell it's a hunk of breast, instead of some paste reformed into a patty.
Of course they're both "processed", but at least the CFA one is almost completely chicken.

Plus i think they taste pretty good, if salty.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on June 03, 2010, 11:48:45 AM
Just ate my spicy chick sammich. Prefacing my statement that it takes into consideration it's FAST FOOD ,i thought it was pretty tasty.
It wasn't as spicy as i thought it would be, but still had some heat.
I'm not going to try ti dissect the flavor profile since it's a fuggin fast food sammich dudes...but for what it is, i thought it was good.

No, i wouldn't drive for it, but if i had a choice between this and other fast foods, i would choose this.
 
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: jpellett251 on June 03, 2010, 12:12:42 PM
I got the impression from all the attention given to CFA here, at Kessler's blog and elsewhere that people thought it rose significantly above fast food quality, but maybe not.  Though I can't ever seem to get one that's not soggy I'll give them credit for the meat tasting better than other fast food.  Not really tempted to go back, though a good peach milkshake is enticing.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on June 03, 2010, 12:18:51 PM
I thought the peach milk shake was revolting. I drank maybe 1/4 and threw away the rest. It tasted like pure sugar.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on June 03, 2010, 12:29:42 PM
My one or two previous regular CFA sandwiches were always soggy.  One of the reasons I never considered them to be worth getting again even it is a discernable (sp?) hunk-o-breast.  My spicy CFA was NOT soggy but then one of the register jockeys said they were made to order, turn, reach, "here's yours!"
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 03, 2010, 12:31:41 PM
...if i had a choice between this and other fast foods, i would choose this.

I think that's the point that makes me go back.  If I'm out on the road in the middle-of-no-where-Alabama and the only food around is Walmart, McDonald's, and some "Chinese" buffet, I'll choose Chick Fil A.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Foodgeek on June 03, 2010, 01:49:46 PM
No, i wouldn't drive for it, but if i had a choice between this and other fast foods, i would choose this.

And that's where we disagree. I wouldn't choose this over other fast foods. It's not a really big deal or anything, but I'm just saying I don't understand what makes CFA stand out. Now that most of the other fast food places have natural fried breast sandwiches, in addition to or instead of compressed chicken patties, I find it even more bewildering.

Maybe I was just in the mood for something sweet when I had the peach milkshake, but I thought the bits of peaches in it were tasty.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on June 03, 2010, 06:18:37 PM
Personally, I'd rather have a chick-fil-a over a mcDonalds anything. Yeah, I've had a few stinky sammiches, but I don't think I've ever had ANY fast food that was always spot on - that's why they call it fast food. Jeez, what do folks want for under $2.50 anyway? ::)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Foodgeek on June 03, 2010, 07:10:43 PM
Personally, I'd rather have a chick-fil-a over a mcDonalds anything. Yeah, I've had a few stinky sammiches, but I don't think I've ever had ANY fast food that was always spot on - that's why they call it fast food. Jeez, what do folks want for under $2.50 anyway? ::)

Sorry to belabor the point here, but this is where I still can't connect. I've had some fast food sandwiches here and there, and I even worked at a couple of fast food restaurants. I've had fast food sandwiches that were executed correctly, at a wide variety of places, and sandwiches that weren't executed correctly, but I see no higher incidence of correctly-executed sandwiches at CFA over McD, Burger King, Wendy's or anyone else who falls in that category, and all of these have natural fried chicken breast sandwiches, mostly for about the same price, but with CFA usually being a little higher.

I hate for us to even be discussing this at all, but it does seem that branding is an extremely strong factor in CFA's favor, so much so that foodies are willing to even discuss this sort of thing on a food board. I have tasted the product and I honestly don't get the loyalty to this brand.

But hey, I don't get The Varsity either, and it seems to me that Varsity products are clearly the stuff of nostalgia, because I find it absolutely revolting. People say that since I didn't grow up on it, I don't have the proper appreciation. Maybe it's a subtle flavor that I'm failing to detect.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: danuv on June 03, 2010, 07:26:58 PM
I think the peach milkshake is pretty nasty too. I keep trying it because I love the idea of a peach milkshake but it's way way way too sweet and tastes fake.

That said, I worked at a Dwarf House the year after I graduated high school for about 6 months and at least back then (far too long ago) a great deal of the food was made in house. The lemonade was made from lemons squeezed every morning (something I ended up loathing), mixed with sugar and water. That's it. The chicken for the sandwiches were normal raw chicken breasts. Someone popped a tendon on each one to make them lie flatter, they were coated in an egg wash I think, then a flour/seasoning mix and fried in a pressure cooker. The chicken for the grilled sandwiches was brined in a mix made there from pickle juice and other stuff I can't remember now. Cole slaw was made every couple of days from actual veggies. Biscuits as sad as they are were made there too. Not much was brought in prepmade and frozen. Like I said, things may have changed now but for fast food a lot of it was awfully close to what I'd make at home. Sorry if I babbled on too long there. ;)

Yeah, I think the Varsity is very much a nostalgia thing. My grandfather ate there in college and took us there as kids so I have to go and have a couple chili slaw dogs once a year or so. The onion rings can be excellent. 
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Chocoholic on June 04, 2010, 01:21:53 PM
Maybe it's a subtle flavor that I'm failing to detect.

I think it's a subtle memory that we're failing to detect.

The Varsity is revolting subpar "food" that has literally made my stomach hurt multiple times.

But I do like me some CFA!
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on June 04, 2010, 01:35:42 PM
...if i had a choice between this and other fast foods, i would choose this.

I think that's the point that makes me go back.  If I'm out on the road in the middle-of-no-where-Alabama and the only food around is Walmart, McDonald's, and some "Chinese" buffet, I'll choose Chick Fil A.
It is not just "foodies" that apparently hold CFA to a higher pedestal than other fast food operations.  As V and I were having lunch a friend/former client of hers sat down at the table next to us.  We got on the subject of spicy foods and V asked him if he's had the Spicy CFA.  He had not but said CFA is the only fast food joint he will frequent.

Personally I don't get it.

Does Hwy 231 between Dothan and Phenix City qualify for the stretch of road in the middle-of-no-where-Alabama?  I've been on that stretch of road more times than I can count.  Sometimes hungry.  And usually stayed hungry until I either got to Columbus or PCB.  One of these days I'll get some of Phil's Butts.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: bettylouski on June 07, 2010, 01:39:58 PM
We had reservations for Saturday.  Got there before the lunch rush, there were none already made up, so we had to wait 10 minutes or so.  I have to say it was quite possibly the best CFA sandwich I've ever had, due to its freshness.  Nice and crispy, just enough spice in the back of the throat, but not overwhelming.  If I could recreate this experience I'd probably go their more often, but generally we just go there when we're out in the middle of nowhere.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on June 07, 2010, 01:57:32 PM
Got mine Saturday. It was fresh from the oil - had to wait a bit for it to cool down. The flavor was good at first, but it kinda tasted like Texas Pete after a couple of bites. I might order one on the road, but I don't think I'd seek it out.

Again, a Chick-Fil-A one of the best (comparatively speaking) fast-food items available in the ATL (better than McDonalds or Burger King by far), but I don't see it as a date-nite thang. Not sure why folks are getting hot under the collar about it being anything other than a good option if you have to grab something quick to-go. But then again, I'll go over to the Varsity for a chili cheese dog every few months... :)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: LamarT on June 27, 2010, 05:44:07 PM
8 years in the making and they figured out what we have known all along: Tabasco is delicious on fried chicken. yeeessh.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on July 07, 2010, 01:01:26 PM
So I'm rolling my cart to the checkout counter at Total Wine and woman with a bag full of Spicy Chick-Fil-A sandwiches is handing them out.  They were hot but for some reason were missing the pickles.  8-0
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on July 07, 2010, 01:12:36 PM
MAybe she loves CFA pickels, bought a crapload of sammiches, and ate the pickles off?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 07, 2010, 01:22:51 PM
You can tell the black market spicy CFA sandwiches because they don't have pickles.  She was obviously trying to get rid of evidence.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 07, 2010, 01:32:04 PM
You can tell the black market spicy CFA sandwiches because they don't have pickles.  She was obviously trying to get rid of evidence.

Now we all know where Wickles Pickles gets their products..    ;)

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Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: rebelliousrose on July 08, 2010, 11:14:16 AM
If you live in the Cobb Parkway area, Chick-Fil-A sent out a coupon to try the spicy sandwich free.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: LizR on July 26, 2010, 03:49:20 PM
Sorry to revive this but my experience today was so unpleasant that I just had to post about it. More power to those of you who enjoy - wish I had a fast food place that I thought was better than the usual options!

Ok, so I am joining the camp of the folks who just don't get the hype. As I think I mentioned before, I used to get good regular Chick-Fil-A sandwiches on Jonesboro rd when I worked down that way eight years ago. Top 'em with coleslaw and that was one tasty treat. However, over the last few years, everytime I have CFA (which I will admit is probably not more than five times total) it is just not very good. Soggy bun, greasy soggy salty chicken, greasy fries. And the dipping sauces are gross and full of HFCS. DD wanted to stop by today so we hit the Piedmont Rd location around 12:45. It was PACKED - like no parking spaces and a huge line at the drive-through. Wanting to avoid the bun I got the "entree" of three chicken strips with the "buttermilk ranch dressing" dip. Ugh. Despite how busy they were, my strips had obviously been sitting around for a while. DD's single strip in the kid's meal was better, but her fries were pretty dismal - as a starving three year-old she only ate one, which is incredibly damning!

Four hours later I am still thirsty. Maybe I don't get it bc I just don't eat fast food very often, but I'd take Mc Donald's over CFA next time. And I really wanted to like this place.  ;)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on August 16, 2010, 10:11:37 AM
http://www.ajc.com/business/chick-fil-a-tops-592743.html

Granted, we are still talking about fast food...
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on December 16, 2010, 11:50:23 AM
A new round has begun...this time it's the biskit


http://www.getspicychicken.com/
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: terry on December 16, 2010, 12:49:20 PM
The Spicy Chicken biscuit is January on their calendar.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on December 29, 2010, 01:32:12 AM
the reservation system is open now.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: BenLurkin on December 30, 2010, 06:31:05 PM
Well.....it's time for my 1st post. The spicy biscuit has been available in Jacksonville for about 6 months. As a spice-o-holic, I like it for breakfast. It saves me the trouble of dumping packs of Texas Pete on my regular biscuit. Is it a good breakfast? No, but when your running late for a meeting, its better than micky d's. And get the OJ, it helps the sodium thirsty's.
Ben
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: RootsInAlpharetta on January 05, 2011, 08:37:30 AM
I tried my freebie spicy biscuit this morning. I kinda thought the spices were a little different than those on the sandwich. My wife disagreed. She's probably right.

I thought the biscuit covered up most of the spicy flavor. There's a lot more going on in a biscuit than a sandwich bun. Eating the chicken alone had much more punch. But all in all, it was just ok. I'm a fan of the spicy sandwich, but I don't think the biscuit is worth going out of your way for.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on January 05, 2011, 08:44:46 AM
the spicy biscuit seemed less spicy than thte sammich. Probably all the grease/butter/shortening in the biscuit.
My biscuit was also terrible...undercooked and mushy.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: bettylouski on January 05, 2011, 09:29:58 AM
the spicy biscuit seemed less spicy than thte sammich. Probably all the grease/butter/shortening in the biscuit.
My biscuit was also terrible...undercooked and mushy.


My thoughts exactly, although I did like the chicken, nice and crispy.  Biscuit crumbled apart.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on January 05, 2011, 09:32:43 AM
sorry, i mis-wrote. I liked the chicken. The biscuit sucked
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: chefmoss on January 05, 2011, 10:20:00 AM
I like spicy more than the average joe.  I had the new sammy this AM.  It was good, but I kept thinking- do I really want spicy chicken for breakfast?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on January 05, 2011, 10:23:00 AM
I like spicy more than the average joe.  I had the new sammy this AM.  It was good, but I kept thinking- do I really want spicy chicken for breakfast?

Uhhhh. YES
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: uptown jimmy on January 05, 2011, 12:00:52 PM
CFA biscuits are awful. Mickey D has much better biscuits, if you have to ask.

CFA spicy chicken is sorta weird, crunchy but mushy at the same time.

CFA is an odd, odd little success story. There's some sort of coded message there, and I don't mean just the "we're closed on Sundays" wink-wink nudge-nudge megaphone stuff. There's a LOT of folk who will go on and on about how much "healthier" and "cleaner" CFA is as compared to other fast food places, which is obvious nonsense. It's weird.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 05, 2011, 03:11:41 PM
CFA is an odd, odd little success story. There's some sort of coded message there, and I don't mean just the "we're closed on Sundays" wink-wink nudge-nudge megaphone stuff. There's a LOT of folk who will go on and on about how much "healthier" and "cleaner" CFA is as compared to other fast food places, which is obvious nonsense. It's weird.

Yeah!  I love eating those chicken nuggets from McDonald's and especially Wendy's.  All that ground up, processed, extruded, and reformed chicken is way better than that real crap they serve at Chick Fil A.  I'm going to start a boycott against all those places that use real chicken.  Who does that anymore?  It's no better than the chicken foam they serve at places like McDonald's and Wendy's.

 :-*
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 05, 2011, 03:18:39 PM
CFA is an odd, odd little success story. There's some sort of coded message there, and I don't mean just the "we're closed on Sundays" wink-wink nudge-nudge megaphone stuff. There's a LOT of folk who will go on and on about how much "healthier" and "cleaner" CFA is as compared to other fast food places, which is obvious nonsense. It's weird.

Yeah!  I love eating those chicken nuggets from McDonald's and especially Wendy's.  All that ground up, processed, extruded, and reformed chicken is way better than that real crap they serve at Chick Fil A.  I'm going to start a boycott against all those places that use real chicken.  Who does that anymore?  It's no better than the chicken foam they serve at places like McDonald's and Wendy's.

 :-*

I was biting my tongue because my posting board pet peeve is those who review posts instead of posting reviews, but the juxtaposition of saying

The Taco Stand(s) in Athens are nasty. I'm shocked anyone would want to open another one.

There. I said it.

Followed by touting McDonald's was odd.

There I said it.

And yes Chick-Fil-A is the one American fast food chain that I would not go in kicking and screaming.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Northside Food on January 05, 2011, 03:57:01 PM
They are also the only fastfood place that does a decent salad. I've had much, much worse meals served in a paper sack.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Foodgeek on January 05, 2011, 04:21:03 PM
Well, I'm certainly not going to "tout" any fast food place, but I will agree with jimmy that McDonald's biscuits are way better than CFA's, and McDonald's and Wendy's have much, much better fries than CFA. Given that both McD and Wendy's now also have natural chicken breast sandwiches - not ground chicken parts - then, if that was something I wanted or something that was important to me, then that's where I'd go. But I don't eat fast food and haven't in quite a while. I'm not going to any time soon, either.

Since I'm on South Beach, scouring out my arteries again, the only fast food place that I'd visit, if there were absolutely no better option anywhere close, would be Subway, because I can choose exactly which vegetables and how many carbs or fat grams go on my salad, which is much harder to do at any other of the places mentioned here.

So chalk me up as another person who doesn't "get" the mystique of Chick-Fil-A. I think jimmy's comment about the perception of it being "healthier" and "cleaner" is right on the money. My last workplace used to bring it in fairly often for lunch, and even at the low, low price of free, most days I took a pass.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 05, 2011, 05:43:52 PM
Those new Wendy's fries?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on January 05, 2011, 06:02:03 PM
I'm getting my freebie this weekend. Wonder what's next? Spicy chicken salad?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 05, 2011, 06:04:15 PM
Spicy nuggets are next.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: rwcohen on January 05, 2011, 06:34:52 PM
I get mine tomorrow morning. I hear the spice is not that special.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Porky Linkster on January 06, 2011, 04:50:36 AM
Spicy nuggets are next.

Started making my own variation back in the early 90's when our kids were young and nuggets were ordered frequently: Add 1T Penzey's Hot Chili Powder + 1/2t cayenne pepper + 1/4t onion powder + 1t kosher flake salt and mix in a 6 oz Pyrex custard cup.  Vary amounts according to taste.  Dip nuggets and enjoy.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Foodgeek on January 06, 2011, 06:06:13 AM
Those new Wendy's fries?

I don't eat fast food nearly often enough to have tried Wendy's new fries yet. However, CFA fries are literally the bottom of the barrel in my book. I'm trying to think of a place where I've had worse French fries, and I'm drawing a blank at the moment.

Oh, wait. The greasy, soggy fries that you get with Barberton chicken in Ohio at Belgrade's or White House are worse, but not by much.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: uptown jimmy on January 06, 2011, 10:17:31 AM
CFA is an odd, odd little success story. There's some sort of coded message there, and I don't mean just the "we're closed on Sundays" wink-wink nudge-nudge megaphone stuff. There's a LOT of folk who will go on and on about how much "healthier" and "cleaner" CFA is as compared to other fast food places, which is obvious nonsense. It's weird.

Yeah!  I love eating those chicken nuggets from McDonald's and especially Wendy's.  All that ground up, processed, extruded, and reformed chicken is way better than that real crap they serve at Chick Fil A.  I'm going to start a boycott against all those places that use real chicken.  Who does that anymore?  It's no better than the chicken foam they serve at places like McDonald's and Wendy's.

 :-*

Let's review:

chicken = meat product
biscuit = bread product

So when I speak of McDonald's biscuits being better than CFA's biscuits, I'm talking about the biscuits, not the chicken. And I do not recall mentioning anybody's nuggets, which of course are not even served at the same time as the biscuits, at least at McDonald's.

CFA's biscuits are just odd, I think, a weird combination of dry, mushy and cloyingly sweet. IMHO, of course.

My thoughts on the CFA corporation and its acolytes are not intended to offend. But trying to parse out some sort of health-conscious or calorie-conscious or sanitation-conscious superiority for CFA seems a lost cause, even if many folks take it as an article of faith. They DO have impeccable customer service, I must say. But the general tinge of sanctimony at CFA always rubbed me wrong.

And to the other righteous forum flamer, Taco Stand ain't got nothing to do with CFA or McDonald's. Mustn't get different forum threads cross-wired, you might explode the interwebs, and we don't want that. We like the interwebs.

Finally, Taco Stand is just gross. I worked there for a week many years ago, and trust me: it's gross. Consider it a friendly warning.

Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 06, 2011, 12:47:33 PM
Those new Wendy's fries?

I don't eat fast food nearly often enough to have tried Wendy's new fries yet. However, CFA fries are literally the bottom of the barrel in my book. I'm trying to think of a place where I've had worse French fries, and I'm drawing a blank at the moment.

Oh, wait. The greasy, soggy fries that you get with Barberton chicken in Ohio at Belgrade's or White House are worse, but not by much. 

Comment in the other section.....
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Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 13, 2011, 01:18:13 PM
I'm getting my freebie this weekend. Wonder what's next? Spicy chicken salad?
Spicy nuggets are next.

Nuggets it is...
http://www.ajc.com/business/chick-fil-a-tests-803114.html
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on February 25, 2011, 03:55:02 AM
Free fries on March 4...

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203699682979600
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on April 09, 2011, 01:27:07 PM
Finally got around to having one at Jane Turner Stadium last night. Certainly as fast food goes, purty dern good. The uOTPia Dwellers do have our annual unexotic family vacations that involve about 3,000 miles of interstates and turnpikes. So it does sometimes mean getting off an exit and seeing chains everywhere. I will certainly hope Chick Fil-A is an option and the spicy sammy I shall get.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: cuechick on May 15, 2011, 07:20:17 PM
I tried one on Friday in Commerce on my way to South Carolina. I added some of their bbq sauce and it was really a nice combo.
I usually only eat fast food when I travel and CFA is a favorite option. I especially love those waffle fries! 
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on August 29, 2011, 04:00:03 PM
Free breakfasts for next week - http://www.chick-fil-aforbreakfast.com/Start

Choices vary by location.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Girly on August 29, 2011, 05:33:53 PM
Free breakfasts for next week - http://www.chick-fil-aforbreakfast.com/Start

Choices vary by location.

I signed up for the oatmeal. I've been wanting to try it. :)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: KoPP on August 29, 2011, 06:51:59 PM
The chicken, egg, and cheese looked interesting, but I'm a fool for breakfast burritos.

On an almost similar note, I wish I could find a really good huevos rancheros like I used to get in NM - with Hatch chilies, they are awesome.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Corky on August 29, 2011, 07:41:10 PM
The chicken, egg, and cheese looked interesting, but I'm a fool for breakfast burritos.

On an almost similar note, I wish I could find a really good huevos rancheros like I used to get in NM - with Hatch chilies, they are awesome.

If you find huevos rancheros or migas here in Atlanta as good as the huevos in NM or the migas in Austin, TX please let us know. I miss those two breakfasts quite a bit. Of course if I still lived out there I would be saying the same about missing a good Southern breakfast of country ham, redeye gravy, eggs and biscuits with blackberry honey.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Girly on August 30, 2011, 09:16:45 AM
The chicken, egg, and cheese looked interesting, but I'm a fool for breakfast burritos.

That's what the S.O. is getting so I figgered I'd steal a bite.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Hrothgar on September 07, 2011, 10:22:00 PM
The chicken, egg, and cheese looked interesting, but I'm a fool for breakfast burritos.

On an almost similar note, I wish I could find a really good huevos rancheros like I used to get in NM - with Hatch chilies, they are awesome.

I realize that Dan will never read this, but I've had the chicken, egg, and cheese bagel and it is a qualified gut bomb. The bagel is a strange, dense, sunflower-bedecked affair (people, this is what happens when you let Baptists provide your bagels). That's bedecked with a full-size Chick-fil-a breast, a folded scrambled egg patty, and a slice or two of American cheese. Great if you're starving (or seriously hung over), but on most mornings it's likely to sit in your belly like a lump of lead.

I signed up for a spicy chicken biscuit.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: bettylouski on September 08, 2011, 12:50:10 PM
I've had the chicken, egg, and cheese bagel and it is a qualified gut bomb.

I tried it this week, and it was a little heavy, but felt somehow "healthy" with that sunflower multigrain bagel.  Bagel was not toasted enough, and was not nearly large enough to accommodate the full sized chick-fil-a.  DH had the spicy biscuit, which I've had previously, and that was a real gut bomb, IMHO.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Hrothgar on September 08, 2011, 01:11:27 PM
I've had the chicken, egg, and cheese bagel and it is a qualified gut bomb.

I tried it this week, and it was a little heavy, but felt somehow "healthy" with that sunflower multigrain bagel.  Bagel was not toasted enough, and was not nearly large enough to accommodate the full sized chick-fil-a.  DH had the spicy biscuit, which I've had previously, and that was a real gut bomb, IMHO.

Tale of the tape:

Spicy CFA Biscuit
450 Calories
20g Fat (8g saturated)
2g Fiber
5g Sugars
16g Protein
30mg Cholesterol
1300mg Sodium
50g Carbohydrates

Chicken, Egg, & Cheese Bagel
490 Calories
20g Fat (6g saturated)
3g Fiber
8g Sugars
29g Protein
240mg Cholesterol
1230mg Sodium
49g Carbohydrates

Honestly, it's kind of a push. You gain a bit more fiber and a lot more protein (natch) with the bagel and you'll certainly feel fuller, but it's also a ton more cholesterol. It did surprise me that calorie count was relatively close.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on September 08, 2011, 01:22:41 PM
Hrmmmmmm sodiumliscious
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on September 08, 2011, 01:36:18 PM
Hrmmmmmm sodiumliscious
Careful now.  When I commented about the sodium level in the Spicy CFA Biscuit to a co-worker the other day that was all excited about his "free" breakfast I was called a downer and was told that I deflated his anticipation.  Then when he shows up this morning and tells me it was salty...
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on September 08, 2011, 01:45:58 PM
It's tasty enough, but no way around it, that thing is insanely salty.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Hrothgar on September 08, 2011, 02:21:55 PM
It's tasty enough, but no way around it, that thing is insanely salty.

Pretty much all fast food is. That and (packaged) ramen from Korea. It's almost like a game for them so see how much sodium they can cram in there.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on September 08, 2011, 02:36:59 PM
It's tasty enough, but no way around it, that thing is insanely salty.

Pretty much all fast food is. That and (packaged) ramen from Korea. It's almost like a game for them so see how much sodium they can cram in there.

True, but often the stuff doesn't taste that salty. CFA is so salty it burns my tongue and throat! :)
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: bettylouski on September 08, 2011, 03:32:15 PM
I've had the chicken, egg, and cheese bagel and it is a qualified gut bomb.

I tried it this week, and it was a little heavy, but felt somehow "healthy" with that sunflower multigrain bagel.  Bagel was not toasted enough, and was not nearly large enough to accommodate the full sized chick-fil-a.  DH had the spicy biscuit, which I've had previously, and that was a real gut bomb, IMHO.

Tale of the tape:

Spicy CFA Biscuit
450 Calories
20g Fat (8g saturated)
2g Fiber
5g Sugars
16g Protein
30mg Cholesterol
1300mg Sodium
50g Carbohydrates

Chicken, Egg, & Cheese Bagel
490 Calories
20g Fat (6g saturated)
3g Fiber
8g Sugars
29g Protein
240mg Cholesterol
1230mg Sodium
49g Carbohydrates

Honestly, it's kind of a push. You gain a bit more fiber and a lot more protein (natch) with the bagel and you'll certainly feel fuller, but it's also a ton more cholesterol. It did surprise me that calorie count was relatively close.

Well, I said it "felt" lighter, not that it actually was.   :)  Obviously, the extra cholesterol is mainly from the egg, and fortunately, it's not something that I personally need to worry about (good genes, and all that).  I probably won't want to pay real money for one of these things anytime in the near future. 
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: totm on September 09, 2011, 09:47:20 AM
It's tasty enough, but no way around it, that thing is insanely salty.

Pretty much all fast food is. That and (packaged) ramen from Korea. It's almost like a game for them so see how much sodium they can cram in there.

True, but often the stuff doesn't taste that salty. CFA is so salty it burns my tongue and throat! :)
Are you sure that's not the result of harsh chemicals simulating capsaicin?
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: Jmolinari on September 09, 2011, 10:03:08 AM
It's tasty enough, but no way around it, that thing is insanely salty.

Pretty much all fast food is. That and (packaged) ramen from Korea. It's almost like a game for them so see how much sodium they can cram in there.

True, but often the stuff doesn't taste that salty. CFA is so salty it burns my tongue and throat! :)
Are you sure that's not the result of harsh chemicals simulating capsaicin?

I'm sure of nothing
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 16, 2016, 02:23:20 PM
I have chicken sandwiches at many highly touted joints from Yeah Burger, Bocado, Oak Street Cafe... I'm going to say it. The chain Chick-Fil-A does chicken sammiches better than anyone. In fact, it's not even close. Strangely, perhaps the second best is at fellow chain, The Counter.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: shoeshine boy on March 17, 2016, 06:58:23 AM
I have chicken sandwiches at many highly touted joints from Yeah Burger, Bocado, Oak Street Cafe... I'm going to say it. The chain Chick-Fil-A does chicken sammiches better than anyone. In fact, it's not even close. Strangely, perhaps the second best is at fellow chain, The Counter.

can't disagree. I had one yesterday for the first time in awhile. I wanted to try their fish sandwich but for some reason the CFA near my office doesn't carry it so plan B was the regular chicken sandwich. love their lemonade too. it's pretty much the only lemonade that I'll drink.
Title: Re: Spicy Chick-Fil-A... finally
Post by: MadBob on March 19, 2016, 05:13:48 AM
Don't forget to ad that pepper jack cheese to your spicy chicken sandwhich..... Or,
Go to Catch 22 for their version of a spicy chicken sammy.....!
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