Fried chicken is one of the go-to items when pulling up to fast food spots. Many of today’s more popular chains, including Popeyes, Raising Cane’s, and Chick-fil-A, have built their empires upon its crispy goodness.
When it comes to which is the best, we’ve already got a ranking. In terms of what the country thinks, however, there is some new data that shows which chains are the most popular by state.
This data set comes courtesy of agency TOP Data, which looked at GPS tracking and spending data at the seven largest fried chicken chains across the country. Data does include from what consumers purchased during the ongoing pandemic, which also indicates that fried chicken had the lowest drop of any category in an industry that’s taken a massive hit.
TOP Data did not look at data from Alaska or Hawaii, though, but across the contiguous states, KFC reigned supreme, being the most popular in 14 different states. Raising Cane’s and Church’s Chicken followed at 9 states apiece, Zaxby’s took home 7 states, and Popeye’s was the favorite in 6. Regional favorite Bojangles also netted three states in the counting.
While Chick-fil-A’s data was evaluated, and it does show up in the top five for many states, it was not the most popular chain in any single state. Chick-fil-A actually never finished higher than third overall in a single state, signifying a possible shift away from the chain in recent months.
You can view the full rankings for each state in the data set below, as well as additional info in TOP Data’s full report.
Del Taco is starting the New Year fresh. The fast-food chain released designs for their new prototype restaurant concept aptly named Fresh Flex.
This new store will feature significant upgrades to the traditional Del Taco concepts in both design and service models wrapped within a sleek and contemporary aesthetic.
Del Taco’s new Fresh Flex store focus will be towards accessibility, speed of service, and transparency.
The drive-thru will feature a double-lane system allowing for mobile orders and delivery driver pick-ups to efficiently check-in and get their meals. There will also be third-party delivery pick up stations to expedite the speed of service.
Del Taco‘s Fresh Flex will also feature a designated parking area for those who wish to eat in their cars.
Within the restaurant, coolers display ingredients to be prepped at the restaurant daily and a working kitchen format that guests can easily see to provide transparency.
Could more fast-food chains be pivoting towards this even quicker-service store model as we continue through our current pandemic?
We reached out to Del Taco who are anticipating a late summer 2021 opening in the Orlando Market. Very excited to see this go national.
Korean Fried Chicken has been one of the highlights of my adult life. Now imagine combining those incomparable flavors with fast food, and you may just have a game-changer on your hands.
Shake Shack has just launched a limited-edition Korean-inspired menu that features a Korean-style fried Chick’n sandwich.
Made with a crispy chicken breast that’s glazed with a spicy-sweet Gochujang sauce, it’s then rested on a bed of Choi’s Kimchi slaw and topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Accompanying menu items include Korean-style Gochujang Chick’n Bites (white meat chicken bites served with Gochujang mayo), Korean-style Gochujang Fries (Crispy Crinkle Cut Fries served with a Gochujang mayo), and a Black Sugar Vanilla shake (toasted black sugar mixed with vanilla frozen custard and topped with whipped cream and black sugar syrup).
The menu concept was inspired by the Shake Shack culinary team’s trip to South Korea, where they were recommended to try a Korean Fried Chicken joint.
As a fan of Korean fried chicken, I can attest to how life-changing that experience can be.
As if we needed any more proof that America hardly ever gets the cool releases in fast food, McDonald’s in the UK will be debuting Katsu Curry Chicken McNuggets on December 30.
Featuring McNuggets coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and served with a side of curry dip, this iteration is an eyeopener in terms of the potential McNuggets have to be served in different flavors and types. Patrons can try a box of the Japanese-inspired nuggets for £3.59 for six, £4.09 for nine, or 20 pieces for £5.99.
However, they have to act quickly, as these McNuggets are a limited-edition and will only be available for a six week window. Now if the US can even get a sniff of any creative fast food item such as this, then things can get exciting again in that space.
When you go to a restaurant with an unfamiliar menu, and you have no idea what to order, do you find that the most foolproof way to satisfy your hunger or do you opt for the always reliable chicken fingers? It’s pretty hard to argue how clutch they are at any point of the day.
With the pandemic continuing to affect our dining habits, restaurants have had to quickly adapt to better serve their customers. Spots like Raising Cane’s and their undeniably satisfying chicken fingers have adjusted to this changing climate, and can now be in your hands faster with their new easy-to-use mobile app.
Available on both Google Play and the App Store, the Raising Cane’s app lets you order for now, later, or much later (up to a week in advance). No matter when you want it, that tender chicken with the tangy Cane’s Sauce, Texas toast, and crinkle cut fries are just a few clicks away. You can’t forget the crisp, complex taste of Dr Pepper to compliment that righteous Cane’s meal — it’s a match made in fast food heaven.
So allow the new Cane’s app to satisfy your cravings, drive over to the nearest Raising Cane’s location when your order is ready, skip the line, make a dash for the counter, grab your order and go! Only thing left to do is to smash and sip on that juicy Cane’s and ice cold Dr Pepper.
In the last couple of months, McDonald’s has been partnering up with celebrities to highlight special orders based on their favorite menu items. This holiday, however, they’re pivoting towards something a little more whimsical.
McDonald’s is highlighting the favorite meals of fictional Christmas characters in this month’s latest promotion. Even better, all those meals will be free.
Here’s how it works.
Starting Dec. 14, McDonald’s will highlight fictional holiday characters and their favorite McDonald’s cravings (think Buddy the elf and hotcakes) and give away that item for free.
The catch is that this is done only through the McDonald’s mobile app and requires a minimum of $1 to claim the free item.
Highlighted items this holiday season includes the aforementioned free hotcakes, the Abominable Snow Monster’s free Big Mac, Gizmo’s free 6-piece nuggets, and free chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Santa. Not sure why they’re lumping Santa with all these fictional folks, though.
Check out McDonalds.com to see the exact schedule of holiday freebies.