Chick-fil-A

Written by on October 13, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(chick-fil-a.com) – Ballston Common Mall, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: I first heard the name Chick-fil-A when Chris mentioned it on our road trip across country in March. We passed by one that could be seen from the highway, and Chris mentioned having frequented the fast food establishment in his college days. When he received a coupon for a free Original Chicken Sandwich we decided to hold onto it, for a day when I didn’t feel like cooking, and we needed a quick bite to satiate the hunger for sodium-enriched grease.

Type of cuisine: Fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and thick, hand-spun shakes. Simple, limited menu, all consisting of fried or grilled chicken with no accoutrements. “It all started in 1946, when Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, The Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. Credited with inventing Chick-fil-A’s boneless breast of chicken sandwich, Mr. Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the early 1960s and pioneered the establishment of restaurants in shopping malls with the opening of the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967. Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States, with over 1,500 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. In 2010, annual sales were over $3.5 billion. Chick-fil-A is still privately held and family owned.”

Ambiance: Imagine a food court at your local shopping mall. Imagine in one nook, a bright red sign, set against a white background, in cursive: Chick-fil-A, and the “C” doning the head of a chicken. Plastic seating all around the open, fluorescent lit space, fake plants in plastic containers on pillars. You are now at the Ballston Common Mall Food Court Chick-fil-A. “Recognized as the pioneer in quick-service mall food, Chick-fil-A still considers mall-based Restaurants an integral part of its business. Approximately 334 major shopping mall Restaurants are in operation today.”

What I ordered: Wanting to partake of the free coupon we had, I selected the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (normally $3.09), a boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. Also available on a Golden Wheat bun. Chris, having the entire menu at his disposal, chose the Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe ($6.75) as a meal, a boneless breast of chicken seasoned with a spicy blend of peppers, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips, Green Leaf lettuce, tomato and Pepper Jack cheese. Also available on a Golden Wheat bun. We super-sized his meal (additional $0.20) in order that both of us could enjoy the Waffle Potato Fries: waffle-shaped potatoes with the skin, cooked in 100% canola oil until crispy outside and tender inside. And to wash it all down…or push it all down due to its thickness…we chose to upgrade the meal to include a Cookies & Cream Milkshake (additional $1.66), hand-spun the old-fashioned way…[featuring] delicious Chick-fil-A Icedream® topped off with whipped cream and one crucial cherry. Sides of glossy honey mustard sauce and watery buttermilk ranch dressing, as well as packets of mayonnaise were also requested by my husband.

Chick-fil-A

On a return visit, Saturday, 28 April 2012We had coupons! So we made our way to Chick-fil-A for a quick bite. The deal: Buy one of the new dessert items, and receive either an 8-piece chicken nuggets ($3.19) or a chicken sandwich for free. We chose the Brownie Sundae ($3.19) and the Cookie Sundae ($1.89) and each recieved our free orders of chicken nuggets. With honey-mustard and buttermilk ranch sauces on the side.

What I loved: I most loved the waffle fries, and would return for those at any time! The Cookies & Cream shake, too, was thick, creamy, sweet and full of cookies!

Why I loved it: Quick. Simple. No fuss. Conveniently located across the street from our apartment.

Cost: Average ($5-$7 per value meal)

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