Fast Food AdLentures last year was not as much fun as I thought it was going to be; too many of the fish sandwiches were lousy. But there are definitely some that I will eat every year, like the Del Taco fish tacos, as well as others I tried simply because people wanted me to, like Wendy's fish sandwich.
When I saw a Popeyes commercial for a new product called "Garlic Butter Shrimp," there was no question I would be trying it. I almost always enjoy Popeyes promotions, not to mention garlic is perhaps my favorite flavor in the world. (Beer doesn't count as a flavor, does it?)
Plus, with the word "butter" in the title, I knew a certain pretty girl who would be glad to try them with me. We headed up to the Popeyes on Lake Ave in Pasadena, which is certainly not my favorite Popeyes in the area but one at which I had seen a sign advertising the special a couple days earlier. (Popeyes, more than any chain I have ever seen, varies tremendously from store to store in terms of who carries new promotions. Some stores have them, some don't, and often some stores have never even heard of the new items.)
The shrimp and fries is $3.99 by itself, although I opted to get a drink with it to raise the price to $4.99. They were ready in less then three minutes. But then again, we were the only two people in the place.
The garlic butter was a very nice flavor. I was worried it would taste like fake butter, that movie-theater-popcorn-tasting sludge that leaves a film on your fingers for a day and coats the insides of your mouth for even longer. But this tasted like actual butter. The garlic flavor could have been stronger and I would not have minded, but take that with a grain of salt: I always want more garlic flavor.
Unfortunately, the shrimp were lousy. There were only a few meaty pieces, most of them were tiny little things tasting only of breading. And they were all overcooked. I'm sure I would have liked this a lot if the shrimp had been good. But they just weren't.
I asked for some "Delta" sauce to hide the flavor of the overcooked shrimp but the girl told me they don't have it anymore - I assume she meant they were out, not that Popeyes is done carrying it - so I got a packet of spicy honey mustard, which is also quite tasty. I've said it before: Popeyes has my favorite condiments of any fast food chain - Delta sauce, spicy honey mustard, horseradish sauce, cocktail sauce, it's all very good.
The Pasadena Popeyes is definitely my least favorite of any location in the San Gabriel Valley because their food is consistently lower-quality than the other locations. So, depending how long this promotion lasts, it's possible I may try it again somewhere else. But I probably won't.