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Chick-Fil-A

FelafelBoy | Mar 9, 2011 08:55 PM

I found comments on this fast food restaurant added amidst other subjects, so I have chosen to enter a separate one for this comment on the restaurant alone.

Due to a promotion for its chicken sandwiches found in a local magazine, I thought it wise to try its chicken sandwiches again after many years of absence.

What impressed me most about the basic grilled chicken sandwich was the quality of the sandwich and the ambience of the restaurant (for a fast food place).
The sandwich consisted of a very large chicken breast slice topped with a thick slice of tomato, pickle slice, and a large piece of a very green-colored lettuce which looked like anything other than iceberg lettuce found at other such restaurants. The roll was not the typical airy kind.

What also impressed me were the various sauces (I still prefer ketchup!! the one sauce accompanied on the tray with the sandwich just doesn't agree with my digestive system, probably due to the vinegar content) available for the sandwich and the ambience of the place - many tables has some sort of a flower centerpiece and the background music was relaxing, of a more adult nature, meant to create a calm atmosphere vs. creating an upbeat high energy place.

The menu features various upscale varieties of chicken sandwiches. I did not have the potato "waffles," but did see a customer with them and they left me longing for Arthur Treacher's "chips," the large steak fries.

Years ago I had the cole slaw at Chick-Fil-A and enjoyed it. This time all I had was the grilled chicken sandwich and it was satisfying for what it was. (My memory of McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich from years ago is that it didn't have the "plain" taste but some peppery flavor to it which wasn't pleasant. Chick-Fil-A's version is more plain, allowing the patron to add their own seasonings.)

I recommend this place (I visited a stand alone restaurant, in the suburbs not a location in a mall which this chain also operates) to anyone who wants a more mature environment to eat their food in peace. (This restaurant had a playground for young children and the area was intelligently sealed off from the restaurant area so as to not have that activity interfere with patrons. eating inside the restaurant).

For a more exotic treatment of a chicken sandwich, I have thought of going to the Mexican-American chain Baja Mexican Grill (I think that is their name), whose ads for their chicken "sandwiches" look interesting and tasty. For the plain thing, CFA will suffice.

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