This is an updated post.
Spartanburg peeps, Chicken-Salad-Chick is in the house. For those of you who have followed me, you may know that I have a thing for Chicken salad. I.love.it!
What seems like forever plus one year ago, I lived in Alabama and wrote about my visits and experiences trying each of the foods selected by the Alabama Tourism team in a pamphlet called “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.”
Yes, Alabama has some of the most glorious food and food scenes that I have encountered as I meander around this earth. Not just my opinion, Frank Beard stuff. (Link above.
Without a doubt, I miss many of my favorite Alabama foods and foodie visits, but time and space have brought me to beautiful South Carolina and I am having so much fun seeking the best dishes in this state that I now call home. However, I was thrilled to see that one of my Alabama faves has come to my SC neighborhood.
Chicken salad, what’s the deal? An adorable success story that began with an Alabama woman and her husband to-be, became a team. The woman makes some killer chicken salad in her kitchen, invited her friends to taste it, perfected many variations of chicken salad, naming some after her friends, and with the help of her husband/co-founder making big, like 100 restaurants big.
IMHO, what makes this chain a great lunch spot is a varied and interesting menu. Things like pimento cheese BLT, turkey clubs, and turkey pesto. I remember when I visited this chain; the broccoli and grape salads were just as famous and interesting as the sandwiches and they seemed to fly out of the door. They also have a great salad menu, soup, and an adorable kiddie menu. Of course, there is chicken salad for people like me. Choices range from categories such as classic, fruity, savory, and spicy.
Chicken Salad Chick-The Menu
Plus, the place is cute, dang cute!
Chicken Salad Chick Tables and Decor
Modern, clean, fresh,
and marketing smart. Kudos to those graphic designers!
Chicken Salad Chick Cookies
Great marketing and a grab-and-go!
The “to-go” case called “Quick Chick” and merchandise.
I put together a little to-go sampler platter of some of my favorites starting at 12:00 Baked potato soup, grape salad, *Dixie Chick* chicken salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad.
Since I am the village skeptic, there are a few things that bug me.
- I am getting older and simply don’t need as much food. I want a sandwich. That is it. I don’t want a side item, I do not want a cookie, hell, I do not even want the dang pickle.
- Plus, the add-a-drink is $1.99. This is not the only place that upcharges for the beverage, but it bugs me.
- They are closed on Sundays.
But, the things that are positive, far outweigh any negatives.
- I would have to say that what I love most about the food served from CSC is that it always seemed to be fresh, cold, and crisp. There are so many ways to order combinations of the menu items.
- Their menu does have so many healthy options, I mean I go straight to that croissant but the choices are there.
- The locations are new, clean, cute as in bright colors, modern lighting, great graphics, décor, and flower cookies for the kids with bright frosting colors.
Price point: I have already heard from local friends who feel the price point for the chicken salad is too high. I mean FFS, it’s not. Some people eat at Chick-fil-A, so let’s compare it to a Chick-fil-A combo which is $5.99-$6.19. Or, a Wendy’s meal item such as Dave’s Hot n Juicy ¼ lb combo which is $6.19.
MEGastars 4* Love it for a lunch spot. This restaurant is going to be successful here in the Upstate. Mark my words.
MEGapick Like my pizza, I’m into the classics and I choose the “Classic Carol.” If I’m in a walk on the wild side mood, I’ll choose the onion lover’s “Dixie Chick.”
Link to the grape salad recipe. You have to dig through this article a bit and listen to them talk about how this is for ladies luncheons. Note* Dudes live this stuff.
Chicken Salad Chick Grape Salad Recipe.
Give this chicken salad recipe a whirl. Chicken Salad Chick attempt at recipe