AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: My Ten Favorite Dishes: #5: Guilty Pleasures DATE: 7/25/2008 08:26:00 AM ----- BODY:

We all have our guilty pleasures…. The little indulgences that we know aren’t good for us, and perhaps don’t even fit our personality or lifestyle. I’m not embarrassed to share mine – as a self professed foodie and gourmand, I’ll admit mine in is Popeyes Fried Chicken. I’m “guilty” because I know how bad it is for me. It’s guilty because their chickens, despite proclamations on their website, probably live a life similar to those of I saw on the Perdue chicken truck. Guilt aside, I’m like Pavlov’s dog when I smell that distinctive greasy, salty aroma.

Growing up in Washington DC, with a soul-full, southern culture, Popeyes are as popular as any other fast food chains. I first experienced the crispy, seasoned-to-the-bone chicken when I was 16. The biscuits are buttery and light, and the red beans and rice has a smoky hint of ham hocks. Over the years, I’ve eaten fried chicken all over the south, and so far nothing has come close.

I moved into my first apartment in Boston because of its proximity to Popeyes. Alas, the last Popeye’s closed in Boston in 1995 and did not return until last year. Great fan fare preceded the opening with buzz on Chowhound – a decidedly foodie website. Apparently, I’m not alone in this guilty pleasure. True vindication came when the Boston Globe reviewed it… the first ever review of a fast food chain.

Popeyes reached a new level of refinement when Popeyes’ twitter recommended the best wine pairing was with a $45 bottle – Cakebread Chardonnay. Up until this point, I had always stuck with 7-Up. Not surprising, though, the best wine with Popeyes, according to a recent blind tasting, was a $5 bottle. You can read all about the Popeyes Wine Tasting here. What’s your favorite beverage to pair with Popeyes?

As if I need an excuse to eat Popeyes, it’s right next to Fenway Park! And what’s more American than Baseball and… Fried Chicken.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous bishop22 DATE:7/27/2008 12:33:00 PM Have you tried this place yet? The reviews say it has the best fried chicken in the Boston area. I keep encouraging limeduck to go, but he hasn't done so ... (I haven't been but am curious to hear what you think) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:7/27/2008 04:00:00 PM Hi Bishop22,

I have heard about Coast cafe's chicken. I definitely need to check it out, especially since it's so close to my house. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:OpenID erns DATE:7/28/2008 12:05:00 PM I grew up in Maryland and I have a similar guilty love for ole Popeye. I can remember going with my Mom to the Columbia Mall and getting a bucket for dinner... they had the best biscuits around. I haven't had Popeye's in a long time after a singular bad experience on a road trip... maybe it's time to look into it again. As for drink... I'll take root beer. Though, I could see a sweet-ish red being really good. ----- --------