KFC's 11 spices and herbs have been delighting customers for more than 75 years. In fact, it's gone global—the chain is a hit in Asia and has become a Christmas tradition in Japan. Now, Japanese poultry enthusiasts stand in line for over two hours or pre-order months in advance to get KFC on Christmas. That's just how good it is.
Popeyes traces its roots to 1972 New Orleans. It's a different take on fried chicken than KFC. Instead of the 11 herbs and spices, it goes full cajun for maximum heat. Aaron Edwards explains for the The Outline why Popeyes is just so damn good.
Popeyes feels like a D’Angelo track — it’s desirable in a way that embarrasses you a little bit, but it makes you come back for more. You might shield your eyes before walking up to a Popeyes because it’s just too damn fine and oh my God, me? Is it really calling for… me? You look side to side and back at your girls and back at Popeyes and feel a reassuring wink in your direction. “Sup, shawty,” it seems to say to you as you ease up to the counter and order a three-piece combo with a side of mashed potatoes. You throw in a cinnamon apple pie because you’re feeling cute. Everything is going to be all right.