College football is defined by certain absolutes. Miami fans wear do-rags and commit felonies. UGA girls in cocktail dresses and pearls are a gift from heaven. The SEC (usually) wins the national title, and the ACC (aside from FSU) is known for losing bowl games and Bojangles.
Oddly enough, Tallahassee is one of the few ACC out post without a local branch of the conferences’s favorite fried chicken stop. Passing through Valdosta on my way into the heart of south central Georgia I saw the iconic red and yellow sign and stopped in for breakfast. Bojangles was doing brisk business near the I-75 interchange and a line of cars wrapped about the buildings as Southerners got their morning fix of fried food and caffeine.
Old men sat around tables talking about the weather and sipping on small cups of coffee. I approached the cashier, who looked thoroughly agitated to be working, and requested a chicken biscuit.
“We don’t have any,” she replied.
“You don’t have any chicken biscuits? You’re Bojangles. It’s what you do,” I replied as I pointed to a picture of an idealized version of the fluffy poultry filled baked good behind her head.
“Oh yeah, maybe we do,” she commented as she punched in my order, collected my money, and handed me some change.
Paper bag in hand I sat down and pulled out the biscuit. It was clad in red and yellow paper and small grease stains could be seen where the butter and grease were seeping through. Unwrapping the package revealed a gold brown biscuit split in half. A thin Cajun style fried chicken cutlet occupied the space in between. Steam rose from the biscuit and a spicy buttery aroma filled the air.
The biscuit was firm on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The Cajun fillet was crispy on the edges and had just the right amount of spice. In moments the paper was clean and I was picking up the remaining crumbs with my forefinger.
Bojangles does chicken biscuits right, and is worth a stop for an occasional quick calorie laden breakfast. For more information on Bojangles visit them online at bojangles.com and Facebook. The local Valdosta restaurant can be contacted at (229) 242-4202.
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