By Mike Thayer
There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.
Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich. Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, their sandwich is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich.
So how does Braum's - a regional fast food joint with 300 stores in 5 states - and their Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich stack up against Popeye's?
Scoring: In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria: Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste. There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63.
I like Braum's, there's a restaurant just a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment and I eat there fairly regularly. I've never had a bad meal there and their Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich did not disappoint. There was good visual appeal, the chicken was crispy and juicy, good meat to bun ratio, the bacon was crisp and in overall taste the sandwich scored well. It is a Club sandwich so it's dressed with lettuce, tomato and comes with a slice of cheese. The cheese however, doesn't do much for this sandwich, especially since it's a slice of American Cheese, which in my humble foodie opinion, doesn't pair well with fried chicken. The sandwich would be better without it and could use a few pickles.... There's just something about the tartness of pickle and fried chicken, now THAT's a pairing! But I digress, my adjustments would mean renaming the sandwich, it would no longer be a 'Club'. And while Braum's makes a pretty good chicken sandwich, I'd rather have one from Popeye's.
Braum's Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich combo meal cost me $8.05 which is a Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly price. Scoring 51 out of a possible 63 points I'm giving the sandwich 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it's repeat buy worthy, if you can't make it to Popeye's.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....