Yesterday, I ate a double down sandwich, effectively, at the request of people I don't even know. It was an interesting experience, that's for sure. For those who don't know about the Double-Down, it's an experimental Kentucky Fried Chicken sandwich that is currently being marketed in Rhode Island and Nebraska. It consists of two fried chicken breasts, that substitute for the bread, jack cheese, special sauce, and bacon. A brilliant (And fattening) idea to be sure. Nonetheless, I was dared to eat this creation and one of my friends in the game I run up there was kind enough to stop by a local KFC to provide me with the experience.
Let me just start off by saying that eating at KFC is usually an act of desperation. I don't usually wake up in the morning and head off to KFC to eat, unless it's the only restaurant for a hundred miles, there's no real food in my house, and I haven't the patience to go to the supermarket. If I eat at KFC twice a year, I go into anaphylactic shock. The bad news is that the sandwich is extremely heavy. The good news is...so what?
This is probably the best sandwich idea I've ever had out of a fast food place. The idea of replacing the largely nasty rolls that KFC uses with fried cutlets made out of the chicken itself turned out to be fairly brilliant. It is awkward to eat, and difficult to understand the taste sensations, but the idea itself, that this is both possible and desirable, is very cool. The chicken turned out to be not as greasy when separated from the bones of it's usual serving choice, and the cheese itself was mediocre. I would have preferred a mozzerella or a cheddar, something that stuck together a little better and held the two pieces together. I have no idea what was in the sauce, and it was only okay. However, I will say this: Bacon makes everything better. Everything. There is almost no food that bacon doesn't make better, iand this sandwich is no exception.
For the sauce, I would have preferrred something with a biscuit gravy base, just to lend a more "Fried Chicken" ambiance to the whole affair, and I've never been a fan of jack cheese. There are so many more basic cheeses to choose from, and adding a spicy cheese to the already 11 herbs and spices KFC chicken isn't the most brilliant move they could have made. Despite all that, it's really good, if awkward to eat. (Bring a couple napkins and spread them out.) You'll have fun, and it tastes better than the bucket of chicken.
Thumbs up, KFC. Maybe I'll eat there more often.
[KFC] wouldn't normally do a full nutritional run on a product unless they decided to roll out a product nationally, but . . . has volunteered estimated figures for the information of the eating public . . . putting the calorie count at 590, the total fat content at 31g, the saturated fat at 10g, and the cholesterol at 190mg. . . . putting the meal in line with the mid-to-high range of most fast food outlet menu items.
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