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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I always laughed when there was an early game (12 noon) in Tallahassee broadcast on the Jefferson Pilot Network. As a regular feature they’d visit the parking lot to show fans feasting on Bojangles chicken. Since there has never been a Bojangles outlet in Tallahassee I wondered where the chicken came from for the fake tailgate. Tallahassee is a Chick Fil A town, and for some folks Lindy’s. Bojangles isn’t bad though. I usually visit one when the Noles play N.C. State in Raleigh. It’s my tribute to the ACC.
Exactly! I thought the same exact thing when FSU would have nooners on JP. Wonder if they actually imported stunt chicken? And if Hogewood ate two day old chicken just because…
Also, a more mature reader who has lived in Tallahassee for years stated there used to be 3 Bojangle’s in the city. No idea when they closed, or why.
One Bojangles was on Tennessee st. near FSU the other i remember was on Appalachee pkwy were Zacadoos is now. They closed do to poor manegment and service
I love Bojangles EXCEPT for their ridiculous affiliation with Pepsi. And their steak and cheese biscuit fills the void left by the closing of Mrs. Winner’s.
I’m not a big fan of soda, so the Pepsi/Coke affiliation usually doesn’t impact my view on a particular place. But I can understand how it would irk you if you’re a Coke guy.
I’ve never been to a Mrs. Winner’s. Looks like the closet one to me is up in Macon, GA.
Mrs. Winner’s pulled out of Atlanta several years ago.
My sister’s boyfriend was just saying how good these were. The last time I ate chicken at a Bojangles I was probably seven years old.
Well then it’s time to try a biscuit! Take a roadie up to Valdosta. 🙂