It’s the Twitter war people won’t stop talking about.
On Aug. 12, fast food chain Popeyes unveiled its new chicken sandwich: comprised of fried chicken breast, pickles and a special sauce on a brioche bun.
Chicken. Brioche. Pickles. New. Sandwich. Popeyes. Nationwide. So. Good. Forgot. How. Speak. In. Complete. Sandwiches. I mean, sentences.pic.twitter.com/14kXBv4jJw— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken)August 12, 2019
The sandwich prompted an outcry on social media comparing it to other fast food chicken sandwiches — particularly Chick-fil-A’s.
Chick-fil-A tweeted out a response on Monday, writing “Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the [red heart emoji] for the original. Popeyes responded: “y’all good?”
Without hesitation, fast food chains’ various social media managers joined in on the battle, guns blazing.
Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the for the original.pic.twitter.com/qBAIIxZx5v— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA)August 19, 2019
“Y’all out here fighting about which of these fools has the second best chicken sandwich,” Wendy’s tweeted from its official account, along with a photo of its own fried chicken sandwich. “If you’re looking for a chicken sandwich (without the beef) you know where to find us,” the Shake Shack account tweeted.
Sounds like someone just ate one of our biscuits. Cause y’all looking thirsty.https://t.co/89eqI5vk2z— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken)August 20, 2019
The sandwich starts at $3.99 and is available nationwide at the chain’s more than 3,000 locations. It’s reportedly a permanent offering.
Twitter users are overwhelmingly praising the sandwich, calling it better than its other fast food contenders.
Attention: I have had the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. Its the best fast food sandwich in the game and its HUGE.
Also... Popeyes’ spicy chicken sandwich is the best thing I’ve ever had in my entire life.— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox)August 19, 2019
The sudden spike in popularity has caused some locations to sell out according to Business Insider.
On a recent lunch break, we decided to see what all the fuss was about. Here’s what some Times-Union staffers had to say about the sandwich:
Features reporter Tom Szaroleta: First, I give them credit for apparently using actual pieces of chicken, instead of that mushy stuff you find in many fast-food sandwiches. The bun holds together well — you could eat this in the car without it spilling all over your shirt — and it tastes like, well, like Popeye’s spicy chicken. Needs more pickles, though.
Business reporter Teresa Stepzinski: Fried chicken sandwich bliss! Light crispy batter, juicy succulent chicken and just the right amount of spice. Surpasses Chick-fil-A, which needs more chicken and less bun, and has mushy pickles.
City Hall reporter Chris Hong: Verdict: Amazing. I’m not ready to write off Chick-fil-A quite yet. But there’s no denying the sandwich is bigger. Regardless of where you stand on this debate, more people are talking about fast-food fried chicken sandwich options, and that’s a win for society.
General assignment reporter Steve Patterson: The classic chicken sandwich was a treat I’d never have expected. The meat was moist, the breading crunched (a little), the bun was tasty. It was good enough that I ate it a little at a time to let the flavor last. My last visit to Popeyes was years ago. This is good enough for a return trip soon.
City Hall columnist Nate Monroe: I would like to sleep on it before rendering a final verdict, but my initial impression is the (spicy) Popeyes sandwich tastes better. But it also serves a different constituency. The Chick-fil-A sandwich has a cleaner, more compact aesthetic — something much easier to eat on the road, for example, and that’s a major consideration in my fast-food intake since that’s when I’m the most likely to weigh a decision like this. In short, I see no knock-out punch either way just yet.