Seattle: Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits in Burlington


Oh shoot!

I felt so pressured to keep up blogging on this Seattle series. My memory on this trip is somewhat fading. I had been looking at the screen for the past 5 minutes just thinking of what to share. Sigh … and some of you just gotta say you look forward to this series. Pressure, pressure, pressure! LOL!

We left Richmond kind of late … in the late morning. By the time we got over the border, it was already noon. We drove on and decided to make a stop at Burlington for a quick lunch in a fast food joint. We did not care about what it is except that it should be something we do not have in Canada.

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As we drove along the shopping row on S Burlington Blvd looking for a fast food joint we chanced upon the distinctive yellow and red Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits restaurant. Popeyes was one of the places we had on our shortlist of restaurants.

One would have thought that in a place called Popeyes, you would have expected that there will be Popeye (the Sailorman) images all over the restaurant. Nope, there was none at all. Strange.

Anyway, Popeyes is one of the biggest chicken fast food outlets in the US. There is none in Vancouver.

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We ordered the 8 pieces Spicy Chicken. It seems like their flagship product just like the Big Mac is to McD’s. It came with some “biscuits”. I still thinks that biscuits means cookies. At least where I grew up, biscuits IS cookies. These US-style “biscuits” should just be simply called bread, or scones.

Anyway, the biscuits were flaky but too dry for my liking. If only I have hot chocolate, I’ll dunk it in. I took a bite and decided I had enough.

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Despite being called Spicy Chicken, it is quite mild. We like the crispy skin a lot and the fact that it was not all too greasy. The pieces were quite big too, especially the breasts. I would say they were huge, not only big.

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We read the brochure in the store that the chicken are made fresh and hand battered. It is marinated in Louisiana seasonings.

The Cajun Sparkle was really nice with the chicken. It is a mix of salt, garlic, onion and spices. It was so nice, we took a few extra packets with us.

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We also got ourselves the Chicken Po’Boy. Po’Boy is a Louisiana subs made of baguette and fried meat. I remembered the first Po’Boy I had in New York’s Oyster Bar last year. That Oyster Po’Boy was great … this one, it tastes just like Mc Chicken if you ask me. Popeyes Po’Boy has the edge over McChicken because of the Cajun Sparkle.

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The bill came up to $25.47. The expensive one is the Fried Chicken which works out to be about $2 per piece. For what we had, we felt it was quite expensive.

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19 thoughts on “Seattle: Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits in Burlington

  1. Well on our way back from the 2010 Olympics in BC we stopped at the Popeyes in Burlington Wa to give it s hot. We were really pleased with the great service and the 10 piece special 2 large side and biscuits was able to feed all 5 of us for 20 bucks. The place was clean and the employees were super polite bringing out our food and the extra things like napkins and sporks.

    Thank you Popeyes Burlington we ahd a great visit!

    Your friends from Eugene, Oregon…

  2. Ok let me set the record STRAIGHT.

    Popeyes is amazing. A-m-a-z-i-n-g. It is THE best fast food chicken you will EVER find.

    The flavor, the juiciness – it’s all at Popeyes. No deep fried chicken is better. It beats KFC, Church’s, etc by miles and miles.

    The biscuit complaint – I LOVE their biscuits but I have had a few occasions where they were dry like you described, so please understand that you must have gotten in on the infrequent occurrence of a badly prepared batch. I know that doesn’t speak well of the restaurant but in my hundreds of times at Popeyes it has only happened about two times.

    They make excellent chicken sandwiches, spicy or mild, it’s all great. Wonderful chicken strips if you don’t want to work with the bones.

    The sad part is that they are not all over America. They are very prevalent in some places but scarce to totally devoid in other areas. I’m currently in the Detroit, MI metro area and I have only seen one and that was in downtown Detroit. I’m a good 40 miles from there so I can’t go often but I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting that day.

    IN FACT – i only wound up on this web page because I did a google search for Popeyes chicken images. THATS HOW MUCH IN LOVE I AM WITH THIS CHICKEN.

    100% A++++++ LOVE THAT CHICKEN AT POPEYES!

    • Hey Mike Diaz, did you mean “Love That Chicken from Popeyes”? Or better yet…”Love Dat Chicken from Popeyes” I love it too🙂

  3. I’m one of those people who really likes Popeyes, which many of my American friends find weird. To them, Popeyes’ chicken is mediocre and really not worth the price, but I find that most of them feel that way once a food chain gets really big.

    Anywho, the first time, and only times, I’ve had Popeye’s is actually at the airport in Hong Kong during layovers. The food stand had a huge t.v. on its wall playing Popeye cartoons, and the chicken was fried when I ordered it. Everything was so freshly made and hot that I had to let it sit for awhile before eating it. But it’s worth it, and the biscuits weren’t dry at all.

    Speaking of airport food chains, there was a really good chicken chain in Atlanta, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name.

    Oh, as for the biscuit/cookie thing, biscuits can mean both cookies or the roll/muffin in Canada. It really depends where you go. If I was going to a fast food joint and a biscuit came with my meal in Canada, I’m more likely to assume it’s a dinner roll type thing rather than a cookie.

  4. Oh…Church’s chicken? That’s one of my favorite *naughty* places to visit in California when I go home. YUM. Church’s chicken with my Nana’s calrose rice. Yum.

    We were in Burlington a couple of months ago at the outlets, and I really wanted to go have Popeye’s chicken, I haven’t had it in years (my uncles would bring it down from the Bay Area in California bc Monterey does not have a Popeye’s), but we ended up at the Applebee’s. I’ll have to try that Maggie Moo’s place sometime though!

  5. Art, do you mean both locations in PoCo and Maple Ridge are now closed ?

    L.A. Chicken ….where, where ?!? Inquiring minds (and hungry tummies) want to know !

  6. I love Popeye’s Chicken. There use to be one in Port Coquitlam and in Maple Ridge. It was quite a drive out there, but well worth it. It is a shame that they closed down. Now, whenever I feel the craving for spicy fried chicken, I head over to L.A. Chicken in Richmond.

  7. I had Dadeo’s ribs too. To be honest, they are very mediocre (can you qualify mediocre ?). They seemed to have been boiled in water then basted with sauce. The flavour was as deep (or is that shallow ?) as the sauce, and rest of the rib is pretty much flavorless.

    For best ribs, Memphis Blues is still the local reigning Bubba !

  8. I have to agree with LotusRapper. The fried chicken at Da De O’s is really bad, their dark meat is as dry as white meat. However, their ribs and sweet potatoe poutine is pretty good.

  9. Update:

    Dadeo’s on Cambie at 17th (I think I mentioned them once here) is a new “Southern” eatery originating in Edmonton. They occupy where the venerable Tomato Fresh Cafe used to be. I tried their fried chicken on their opening night and was quite disappointed. Apparently they’ve tweaked their recipe since then and when I tried it again for the second time last wee, it was much improved. Still a tad dry for my taste but overall not bad at all.

    http://www.dadeo.ca/index.html

  10. Ooooh fried chicken, one of my favorite hand-foods.

    Yeah I recall seeing Popeye’s at Lougheed Hwy too. Too bad they didn’t stay and expand.

    In terms of national chains, I would rate KFC at the bottom. Small, dry and sometimes burnt pieces that are over-salted. Church’s is better, more plump and juicy with very good crispy skin if a bit on the greasy side.

    Uncle Willy’s used to have very decent fried chicken, but that chain has more or less faded into oblivion with the last remaining restaurant I believe to be the Metrotown one. But since I haven’t eaten at Uncle Willy’s for about 10 years I don’t know if their chicken is still as good as it used to be.

    There was Lee’s on Main at 10th but they’re now gone. And another independent fried chicken restaurant on Kingsway between Nelson and Royal Oak run by Korean proprietors that had pretty ok chicken, but they too have discontinued.

    Next time I’m in Burlington I’ll have to stop in at Popeye’s. Then for dessert go on down to Krispy Kreme 😀

  11. “Also, they seem to place Popeye’s in the more, how we say, less desirable locations in the city”

    I found it very odd that certain fast food chains have their stores in more remoted cities like Surrey or Coquitlam. You would think they want to have their stores in busier cities like Vancouver or Richmond to make more money. Krispy Kream is in Surrey or Taco Bell, I can’t find Krispy Kream or Taco Bell in Vancouver and Richmond at all.

  12. Popeye’s is our favorite fried chicken over KFC for sure. We like the spices. Watching what we eat has limited our trips to Popeye’s. Also, they seem to place Popeye’s in the more, how we say, less desirable locations in the city so we always go through drive-thru to pick up our orders.

  13. For fast food, $25.47 is expensive.

    Church’s Chicken, which has stores in Vancouver, merged with Popeyes Chicken in 1989 but they are marketed as separate chains. Their menus and tastes are different too. Popeyes is so into that Louisiana Cajun theme. They used to have jambalaya with crawfish in it.

  14. Hi Ben,

    Ah, Popeye’s! It brings memories when I was in university in the US (long time ago). You are correct about the biscuits, to an extent. Biscuits in the UK sense would be a cookie; however, since you were in the US and in a US-based restaurant chain, a biscuit would be, as you already realized, a bread of sort. Think muffins, whereas in the UK would be something similar to a bread (McDonald’s Egg McMuffin for example), this side of the pond is almost a cupcake. OK, I am digressing here. Anyway, the biscuits are supposed to be a bit dry and ought to be eaten with something sweet, like honey. Wait, you did see the packs of honey, right?

    Based on the receipt, I will have to agree with you (on the price). However, I also think it taste way better than KFC, Church’s and other similar “fast” fried chicken places. Also, I noticed you didn’t order their fries. They are not your regular fries; rather, they are tossed with the cajun spices. (drool) Hmmmm…. I am hungry now!

    Said all that, there used to be a Popeye’s near Coquitlam Centre; however, it closed down mid/late 2006. Oh, well.

    Finally, if memory serves me right, it is not named after the cartoon character but a character of a movie/book. Don’t remember the movie/book, though.

  15. Didn’t there used to be a Popeyes on Lougheed in Coquitlam? Was talking to my mom about it months ago and she said it shut down once a priest found a condom or something in his sandwich.

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