Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Fast Food Review: Checkers Chicken Dippers
A couple of weeks ago I saw that Popeyes had brought back their Dip'n Chick'n, a product I liked last year when I tried it. But as I wrote in June, I am done with Popeyes. I am fed up with them not having the dipping sauces they promise, and on that occasion, the girl working there flat-out lied to me.
Then a few days later I read that Checkers was coming out with its own take: "Chicken Dippers." The commercial promised a box of dippable chicken and fries for $2. Though the ad stated that "prices may vary," which means with 100% certainty it would would be higher at the Checkers by me in Brooklyn.
So I went to check it out. The price was $3, which seemed reasonable, and I stood in line for ten minutes while a woman at the head of the line was having many issues. I won't go into details but let's just say I was getting annoyed, so I left. Oh well, I thought. It's not like this is the one thing my life has been missing.
But later in the day it turned out I had to be in Manhattan for something, less than one mile away from a different Checkers. Why not? I went there, where I was able to place my order within 30 seconds. The food was ready less than five minutes later.
"What kind of dipping sauce do you have?" I asked the girl handing me the food.
"It's already in there," she replied.
"Okay," I said, and sat down. I opened the box and found the above picture. No dipping sauce. I can't win. I looked back at the counter: there were quite a few people gathered around, and a long line had grown at the register. I decided to just try one as is.
It was the saltiest chicken I have ever tried. Wendy's chicken, which in the last couple years has become almost inedible to me, has got nothing on these. These definitely needed to be eaten with a sauce to counteract the saltiness. "Screw this," I said. I put the rest of the box in my bag and went home. I have plenty of dipping sauces there.
It's hard for me to really complain about a box of chicken and fries that costs three bucks. But I didn't think they were very good and there is no way I will ever get them again. I made it more than three decades without eating at a Checkers/Rally's, and if I never eat at one again, I don't think my life will be any worse off.
Posted by JustinM at 10:00 AM