Now I guess it’s no secret that I live in the South, because that’s the only place where Piggly Wiggly exists. If you don’t know about this grocery store chain, you don’t live in this part of the US or haven’t been here very often. It’s a southern staple. It’s also not… great. Not an excellent selection of groceries. If you live in this part of the country, places like Publix, Kroger’s and Harris Teeter are a lot better in terms of service and selection.
Nevertheless, Piggly Wiggly is the only grocery store in my neighborhood – brand new, in fact. I went a couple of days ago and got fried chicken with cole slaw. Fried chicken is another southern staple, and if you’re going to have fried chicken it’s best to at least have cole slaw alongside it. Fried chicken isn’t health food or anything, but it’s not too bad to have occasionally.
In most parts of the country/world, people seem to believe that the best non-homemade fried chicken comes from chains like KFC and Popeye’s. It doesn’t. Assuming you can’t get it at home, the best fried chicken, both in terms of value and quality, comes from grocery stores. But how does Piggly Wiggly stack up to the competition?
As it turns out, Piggly’s fried chicken is all right. Not great, but all right. I tried it both hot right away and cold the day after (good fried chicken should make for a good meal either way) and it was passable in both states. You can get 8 pieces for 7 dollars, too, which is a pretty good deal, and this stuff is at least as good as anything you’ll find at KFC. As for the cole slaw, it doesn’t fare quite as well – I think it has way too much cabbage or something in it. Not too good. Then again, cole slaw is easy to make at home if you’re so inclined.
There’s a problem for Piggly Wiggly, however: Publix. Its fried chicken is a lot better – crisper and there seems to be more meat on the bone, though that might just be the particular pieces I got. It’s also just as cheap as Piggly’s chicken. So Publix wins hands-down. If you’re in the South and you want take-home fried chicken, Publix is the place you should go.
Anyway, Piggly Wiggly’s fried chicken is okay. I might have it again in a pinch. Before I finish this review, though, let’s have a look at the label on the fried chicken container. Maybe it will shed some light on this chicken’s just okay-ish quality.
Fine. It’s breaded frying chicken and it’s injected with up to… what?
Injected? Injected with what? And how much of it was injected?
When and how was the chicken I just ate injected? And why? What isn’t Piggly Wiggly telling me about their fried chicken?
Okay, maybe I won’t have their chicken again. At least not until I know what the hell it is they’re injecting into the stuff. I’ll ask them next time I’m over there. In the meantime, maybe avoid Piggly Wiggly’s fried chicken counter unless you don’t mind eating food that’s possibly injected with an unknown substance.