Calif. Restaurant Called Out for Passing Off Popeyes Chicken and Upcharging

Popeyes via Instagram
Popeyes via Instagram

One California restaurant has no shame in its fried-chicken game.

After a customer in the Long Beach, Calif., restaurant noticed an employee with a couple of Popeyes chicken boxes, Sweet Dixie Kitchen got its spot blown all the way up. But the best part is that the restaurant didn’t deny it.

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Tyler H. of Los Angeles posted a review to Yelp and recounted his experience:

Before my friends and I got seated we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeyes to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeyes and was also rather stale. I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.

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Sweet Dixie owner Kimberly Sanchez appeared to reply to the review, saying that they “proudly serve Popeyes spicy tenders.” The coldest piece was that Sweet Dixies upsold the chicken, charging $13 for the meal, according to Fox News.

Apparently, Sanchez tried to run the “supporting local businesses” tact. She then had the nerve to get a bit hincty with Tyler: “Whatever to you and your little review, like it was some great exposure—and whatever to you, dude.”

In an interview with Fox, Sanchez said that she started using Popeyes two months ago for two new dishes: fried chicken and waffles and a fried chicken sandwich.

“I tried Costco chicken, I tried Restaurant Depot chicken, and then I went to dinner at Popeyes and knew this was the chicken we had to use for the store. It’s the best chicken,” she said.

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She also said in a Facebook post that 95 percent of the items on her restaurant’s menu is “made from scratch.”

Ain’t no shame in her game.

“I would be glad to put Popeyes on my menu. I walk in through the front door carrying the bag of chicken. The customers know where it’s from. Popeyes knows.”

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Read more at Fox News.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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bigpoppasmurf
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“I tried Costco chicken, I tried Restaurant Depot chicken, and then I went to dinner at Popeyes and knew this was the chicken we had to use for the store. It’s the best chicken,” she says.

How about doing something novel and making your own gotdam chicken in your gotdam restaurant?

And Rule #1 of life...never patronize a restaurant where the owner calls it a store. The food is guaranteed to be pure shit.