Or does Chick-Fil-A just suck now?
I went to the restaurant in downtown Jackson yesterday, and spent most of my time in line figuring out what I'd have. Do I go totally healthy (by fast food standards) and get the grilled sammich with mustard? Do I get the nuggets with the fruit cup side and diet lemonade?
After the person in front of me ordered, I finally started doing my people-watcher duty and looked at the counter people. The guy serving me started laughing with his co-workers, but when he looked at me, immediately went slack jawed. From :D to :O in a second, I tell you. It was like I was covered with bananas. I waited for him to get over his shock and ask me what I wanted, but he never said anything, so I assumed his mouth was wide open in breathless anticipation of what I was going to order.
I went with my second option. An 8-pack of nuggets, a fruit cup, and a diet lemonade.
Cue "back in the day" nostalgia here... When I was in college, the nuggets were an appropriate nugget shape and size. Two bites would polish one off, or at least one slightly big bite. I could use 2 entire sauce cups with one order of nuggets.
The ones I got yesterday were about the size of corn flakes, and honestly could have fit inside the two sauce cups I was provided. I thought, "surely, while miniscule, they're as delicious as they were at UNO." That's never, ever true, y'all. I should never think that the food anywhere is as good as the food made anywhere in New Orleans, even on a college campus. They were somehow soggy and rubbery at the same time. The diet lemonade tasted a little like a cup of water that a lemon had sneezed on. At least the fruit cup was good. Mostly apples. Love it.
So, wholly unsatisfied with my Chick-Fil-A experience, I went to Cups, Jackson's own awesome coffee shop. I saw that they were serving grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato bisque for lunch. While kicking myself for not noticing that sign on the way to Chick-Fil-A, I ordered their decaf du jour (snickerdoodle! can you say YUM?) and a chocolate covered biscotti.
So, I won't be going to Chick-Fil-A again, and I'm wondering if my experience was unique, or if their food quality really has declined in the 8 years since I was in an educating environment. I do seem to remember going there once or twice while we were in California, and one of the times I got a patty the size of a nugget that made the bun look like it was overcompensating. I went back to the counter and asked if that's really how big the patties were, and again, a slackjawed worker stared in awe at me and nodded.
At least the fruit cup was good.
2 days ago