Tasty Tuesday-Chicken Salad Chick.
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 and what not. (Link above.)
Without a doubt, I miss many of my favorite Alabama foods and foodie visits, but time and space has now brought me to beautiful South Carolina. 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? Short version. An adorable success story that began with an Alabama woman and her husband-to-be became a team. Woman makes some killer chicken salad in her kitchen, invites her friends to taste it, then perfects many variations of chicken salad, naming salads after her friends, and with the help of her now-husband/co-founder makes big, like 100 restaurants big.
One of the things that make this a great lunch spot is that it is dang cute. The original designer and graphic artist got the branding right. As right as I have seen in a long time.
Bright and happy colors in a clean modern environment, with accolades galore.
When you get your logo and brand on point, you can sell more.
Am I right?
Almost forgot. The food.
IMHO, what makes this chain a great lunch spot is its’ 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 a chicken salad, or two, for people like me. Choices range from categories such as classic, fruity, savory, and spicy. After my first visit, I tried to find their recipes online but to no avail. However, I see that there are a few KopyKat’s recipes out there. I am going to give them a whirl. It’s not rocket science but a few variations and tips that might make a difference. *grape salad recipe below
All of these items pictured are “to-go.” That chicken salad on a croissant is a killer. The Dixie Chick is my favorite, savory-onion.
There are a few things that bug me.
- I am getting older, it’s a thing. I 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.
However, the positives 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.
- It’s a happy little place.
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 5* 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.”