I don’t eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken all that often. I think the last time before last week was in 1982. We have one of those combination stores in Belvidere. It’s a KFC combined with a Long John Silver’s (another place I don’t eat at very often). Daniel wondered whether there were other places that were combinations. I mentioned I had seen a Taco Bell and a Pizza Hut combination.
“How about a McDonald’s and a Burger King?” he laughed. “Then they would just have the same thing – burgers!” Well, Long John Silver’s did offer chicken on the menu, I can’t imagine too many people order the smooth yellow slab when you have the Colonel’s Own Recipe sitting right beside it. That’s one positive aspect of Kentucky Fried Chicken; even though it is obviously fast food, there is a slight degree of randomness to the sizes and shapes of the chicken pieces. They almost look like real food.
The last time I ate at KFC, they were housed in a red and white Fotomat-style building. This one was definitely more upscale. They had seats and tables. We got our food on plastic plates rather than in a bucket. I asked for a “spork” and the girl taking our order looked at me funny before pointing at the piles of actual separate plastic implements by the drink station. The food was different too. I had some boneless chicken strips. They were good, but a bit tangier than I recall; maybe 12 or 13 herbs and spices nowadays. The dinner rolls were replaced by biscuits; not bad. The corn had been “super sized”. It used to be half a cob. Now it was a full piece of corn… on a stick no less to make it easier to hold. Of course, it might have been a leftover from the Boone County Fair. I’ll have to try it again a little later on. However, despite all the differences, I can say the mashed potatoes have not changed a bit.
We enjoyed our meal together. Daniel even had a second biscuit for dessert. I’m sure that we will visit again… sometime in the next quarter century.