Fried Chicken Fast Fooding – Bojangles, a Southern classic

When I found out that I was going to spend a weekend in Charleston, South Carolina a strange craving suddenly manifested itself in my belly. It was a craving that had been dormant for almost ten years, but upon the mere mention of the Carolinas it sprang back to life instantly. It was an urge to eat fried chicken, not just any chicken, but possibly the best fast food fried chicken I have ever had.

That urge, it turns out, was for Bojangles’.

For some strange reason, this awesome fast food chain is only in the South, and only in certain parts of the south… mostly North and South Carolina. I used to eat it growing up in Tennessee and in Atlanta but by the time I was in junior high, all of the Bojangles in Atlanta had disappeared, so we had to drive to North Carolina to get any. Then I moved to Texas where there are no Bojangles at all – so until this past weekend, I had not gotten my Bojangles on in nearly a decade.

First thing I did was leave the airport and head straight for the nearest one. Was it as good as I remembered? Heck Yes! The chicken is moist and flavorful, and the spices used in the batter are amazing. The skin is crispy and delicious. Still the best fast food chicken I’ve ever had.

What makes Bojangles so good then? Apparently they never freeze their chicken and they freshly batter the chicken in store. Also, everything is fresh (they have a no biscuit over 20 minutes old rule). I strongly recommend getting the dark meat (the leg and thigh combo is awesome)… made the mistake of getting the chicken breast on my second trip there last weekend… don’t do it! Nothing beats some fried dark chicken meat.

The sides are amazing too. For sides, no question about it… get the mac and cheese and the dirty rice (which is infused with ground meat, pepper, and chili flakes). A lot of people like their fries too, which I agree are good as well. A lot of people make a big deal about their sweet tea, but I just think it’s OK… a little too sweet for me. Also, the biscuits are probably the best of any of the fast food chicken chains as well!

So, if you are ever in the Deep South and you are hungry for some chicken… by all means – go to Bojangles! You won’t regret it. I Hope you enjoyed this review and if you want to learn more, check out the Bojangles’ website at www.bojangles.com

Happy Fast Fooding!
-Peter

All photos courtesy of Peter Tsai Photography

5 thoughts on “Fried Chicken Fast Fooding – Bojangles, a Southern classic”

  1. Peter that Bojangles is not a company owned store as of late,it is a franchise. Just to let you know when you get to our area again,you have several Bojangles choices!

    The 5 company stores presently in the area (as of today 05/17/09) are:

    431 Saint James Ave
    Goose Creek, SC 29445
    (843) 553-9237

    1115 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC – (843) 763-6726

    1313 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC – (843) 763-0777

    1221 N Main St
    Summerville, SC 29483
    (843) 821-9793

    2508 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC – (843) 797-1081

    There is also another franchise location at:

    2514 Clements Ferry Rd, Wando, SC – (843) 849-7857

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