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The Origins Of The Chicken Sandwich Wars Of 2019

Back in 2017, we at Foodbeast broke a story that caught the eyes of many outlets around the country that came to be known as #PopeyesGate. It involved a restaurant named Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach, CA that incurred some backlash from the public after being caught using store bought Popeyes chicken, and repurposing it to be served in their chicken and waffles dish. An angry yelper recounted his dismay when he saw the boxes being brought in, feeling bamboozled, especially for having to pay for a meal that would cost significantly less at Popeyes. That led to a sneering reply from owner, Kim Sanchez, who defended her actions on the premise that “Popeyes was the best chicken.” We even paid them an incognito visit, in hopes of getting a better understanding of the whole story.

The whole thing blew up, and long story short, the internet agreed that an ethical line was crossed. Without full disclosure to customers, Sweet Dixie Kitchen passed off someone else’s work as their own. It’s just like school, nobody likes the weak link in the group project that still gets the same grade as everybody else.

While food plagiarism is indeed controversial, the practice isn’t illegal, and who knows if this specific case is even grounds for filing a lawsuit? At the end of the day, Sweet Dixie Kitchen embraced their infamy, benefited from it and continued with operations as normal but with a bit of added transparency.

Fast forward to August 2019, after all was thought to be said and done: Sweet Dixie returns to the spotlight after two years, but this time, with help from an unlikely collaborator: Popeyes!

“To be honest, I thought they were calling to sue me,” detailed Sanchez. Instead, Popeyes invited them to debut their biggest product launch in thirty years! Apparently, the folks at Popeyes were so honored by the whole #PopeyesGate situation that they felt a little collaboration was in order. What better way to show their appreciation than to allow Sweet Dixie Kitchen the honor of launching the new chicken sandwich into the world? How odd is it that a series of strange moments of virality led to a neighborhood eatery having the Popeyes chicken sandwich before Popeyes itself.  Nobody could have guessed that things would come around full circle, and we would end up with a sudden cultural phenomenon in our hands.

The internet is a wild place where things happen in the blink of an eye, and word just gets around real fast… like that one time you gave your friend a piece of gum during recess, and suddenly you’re surrounded by parasites with their hands out. On the day that Popeyes dropped their new chicken sandwich at all their stores, #BlackTwitter set social media ablaze, pronouncing a (chicken) coup d’etat set to dethrone Chick-Fil-A’s hold on the matter.

Honestly, I’m just glad we’re done with licking tubs of ice cream at the grocery store—that was a dark time for all of us.

Let’s be real, up until the past month, Chick-Fil-A was “Top Cow,” the heavyweight champ, the superhero (but the one everyone would be ashamed to be saved by…you know, cause of the homophobia thing). No one challenged the status quo until Popeye’s dared to rinse the pickle juice out of our eyes and showed us how to throw some Cajun into the mix.

Popeyes Initial Announcement 8/12

Chick Fil A Tweet:

Popeyes clapback:

It was at that moment, the dam broke, and any fast food chain who felt they had a say in the matter, did—which is why the Internet stays undefeated. From petty clapbacks to side-eyed comments, the “Chicken Sandwich Wars” between the nation’s top fast food chains had the internet at a standstill, with everyone and their mama trying to get their opinions in.

While the exchange between Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A was mild at best, Wendy’s wasn’t afraid to get into it, tweeting: “Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich.”

Wendy’s Gets In The Ring:

Popeyes Counter:

Wendy’s Huge Hook:

Shake Shack somehow enters this royal rumble, tweeting: “If you’re looking for a chicken sandwich (without the beef), you know where to find us.”
Shake Shack:

I See No Lie There…:

But swiftly gets tossed out by this short tweet.

Popeyes Sold out announcement 8/27

After just fifteen days of long lines, brawls, and countless “Come Back Later” signs, Popeyes just could not keep up with the demand and announced a temporary SOLD OUT sign on their beloved chicken sandwich. Like a bright comet, it came and went, with a brilliant flash that blazed through our timelines. Until it’s return, we wait (or just go back to contaminating tubs of ice cream).

Twitter reactions/memes:

Chick Fil A employee @ Popeyes:

Flu Game:


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After A Foiled Robbery, Popeyes Gave This Brave Crime Fighter A Job


No one thought a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen getting robbed could lead to something good. However, for an interviewing applicant, it led to a new job.

A Popeyes in New Orleans hired a  young man after he helped stop an attempted robbery, the Associated Press reports. Devin Washington, 18, was in the middle of an interview for the restaurant when a man stuck his hand in the cash register and tried to run with the money.

The manager, Dominique Griffin, blocked the door as the thief attempted to book it out of the fried chicken restaurant. It was then that Washington grabbed him by the arm and helped detain him with the Popeyes cook until police arrived.

After things settled, down the Griffin offered the young Washington a job at the restaurant. While she said the hiring decision was made before everything went down, the kid definitely earned that job.

Photo: Popeyes

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Spice up Thanksgiving With Popeyes Cajun Style Turkey


Grandma’s dry turkey with cold canned cranberry sauce or Popeyes Cajun Style Turkey with warm fluffy biscuits? Yeah, we thought so.

Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away but in case you still don’t have your dinner plans nailed down Popeyes is here to help. The New Orleans based fast food chain is selling Cajun Style Turkeys to help alleviate those Thanksgiving jitters.

The 9-13lb turkeys are marinated in a Louisiana seasoning blend then flash-fried to guarantee a crispy skin. All you have to do is follow the easy heat and serve directions to finish up the bird. Regardless if you’re serving dinner for 2 or 12 this turkey is sure to spice up your Thanksgiving holiday.

The Cajun Style Turkeys are available for $39.99  through December at select Popeyes locations.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Scoop-Shaped Dip’n Chick’n Returns to Popeyes


Dip’n Chick’n is back at Popeyes. The deep-fried item was last seen October 2012 and at the time was the chain’s most successful promotion. The unique finger food features white meat chicken breast fillets cut into medallion shapes, battered, breaded, then deep-fried into the perfect scoop shape. This last bit allows for optimal scooping, obviously, letting you load on as much dipping sauce as your heart desires.


Along with the Dip’n Chick’n’s return, Popeyes also introduced its new Cajun Chili Garlic Dipping Sauce — a sweet and spicy combo seasoned with garlic and red chili pepper. Available through October 27, you can swoop up some Dip’n Chick’n served with a biscuit, Cajun Fries and the new Cajun Chili Garlic Dipping Sauce for $4.99.

Now how about that Grip’n Sip’n Chick’n?