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Local Alternatives to these Favorites?

Ramsey | Sep 16, 2004 12:14 PM

Can someone suggest some local alternatives to the following chain-food items?

- KFC's original recipe, excellent flavor penetration into the flesh of the chicken, owing to the pressure-cooker frying. Does anyone locally use pressure-frying, or achieve comparable flavor penetration?

- Wendy's chili, the subtle flavor profile, while unglamorous, does allow the beans to shine and has a nice ratio of green pepper, onion and tomato. Sure it's way short on cumin, but the ingredients are the message here. Where's some good places for good beef and bean chili?

- Chipotle's barbacoa, the cumin is the star here; couple this with hot salsa and sour cream and you have sloppy heaven. Is there a local place serving this type of shredded, marinated beef?

- KFC cole slaw, this is the best slaw anywhere, nice small shred yielding a lovely palate-tickling texture reminiscent of a good, crumbly pastry. Nice and sweet, without flavor gimmicks like mustard or caraway seeds. I'm looking for a local restaurant that makes simple slaw without gimmicks, any suggestions?

- Chick FilA original sandwich, moist breast of chicken was an oxymoron before this. Take the top bun off for better taste-bud contact with the subtly sweet crust; bottom bun should stay for starchy contrast. Thou shalt not add condiments to this sacramental consecration. Who locally approaches this standard in chickendom?

- Arby's beef n' cheddar, nothing surmounts chewy shaved beef slathered in salty cheddar custard, contrasting against pillowy-soft onionbun goodness. Is there someone in the metropolitan area serving comparable succulent cheesiness - short of a drive to Philadelphia?

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