BOSTON – Yesterday, the world of Twitter erupted when the official social media accounts for a number of fast food brands became embroiled in a contentious debate about which restaurant has the best chicken sandwich.
The debate was initially between Popeye's and Chick-fil-a, but the argument quickly spiraled out of control as myriad fast food locations were dragged into the controversy. The city of Boston was eventually pulled into the debate as Boston Market became a part of the back and forth. While Boston Market is not exclusive to Boston, it still felt like a situation where we had to defend the chain that uses our namesake. It's a situation that is kind of like, "We can make fun of Boston Market, but you can't!"
First, Chick-fil-a got the ball rolling.
Then, Popeye's shot back.
Wendy's chimed in.
Shake Shack chimed in.
And, of course, Boston Market voiced their concerns about the quality of Chick-fil-a's macaroni and cheese side dish.
Allow me to settle this debate. Bojangles' began to chirp at other fast food restaurants, but everyone knows that Bojangles' definitely does not have the best chicken anything, so they are eliminated in the first round. If we are doing this Phantom Gourmet style, then Shake Shack is eliminated next. Burgers are their specialty and they just do not put as much emphasis on the chicken sandwich.
Boston Market seems more concerned with mac and cheese, and to me, they're not really known for their chicken sandwiches anyway. Sorry, Boston Market.
Up next, I am afraid I would have to eliminate Popeye's. Their biscuits are as good as any biscuits in the game, but the Cajun-style chicken does not work for me. It's not bad, but it doesn't compare to the top two contenders with their classic breaded chicken: Wendy's and Chick-fil-a.
And... I have to give the edge to Chick-fil-a. It may seem basic to crown the chicken fast food restaurant as the best in chicken sandwiches, but if you try the spicy chicken deluxe, you will know that Wendy's is great, but they will never have something that good.
This is all definitive canon about fast food chicken sandwiches.