KFC Fill-Up Box

I gave Kentucky Fried Chicken a shot first in my exploration of the $5 lunch wars.

First off I was mistaken, I thought the $5 Fill-Up Box came with two pieces of its grilled chicken, a side and biscuit and regular drink, but there are actually quite a few options.

Instead of just two pieces of chicken, you can also choose from five pieces of wings, chicken strips, or a twister wrap.

I went with the five pieces of their version of hot wings, you know the ones without the sauce. The wings themselves were good, not great, I still prefer sauce-drenched hot wings, but they were pretty filling.

I went with a side of potato wedges and barbecue sauce to dip into, but I had maybe a handful and I was full.

Maybe it was the heat but I couldn’t eat much, so I would say I definitely got a good deal for my $5.

My growing teenage sister, who has a bigger appetite than me, finished her twister wrap box and said she was happily full, well at least for another hour.

I live right across from a KFC so if I was really hungry and didn’t want to drive anywhere I would definitely scrounge up $5 to get myself a meal there, but I can’t say I would go out of my way to eat there.


Hot Wings update

So after my disappointment at KFC, I was seriously craving some kind of saucey hot wing this weekend.
Unfortunately thanks to different fiascos (car, family, work – the usual) I couldn’t get to Hooters or Denny’s, but I did try the wings from Round Table.
I didn’t try the pizza that was ordered for the little Sunday gathering at my brother’s house in Ontario, but I did try the buffalo and barbecue wings.
The wings themselves were meaty enough to feel satisfied with just three servings. The barbecue wings were lightly brushed with the sauce but had just enough bbq sweetness. The buffalo wings were also lightly brushed with sauce but the spices had enough kick to satisfy my craving – for now.

Esther’s Buffalo Wings review:
In response to Esther’s recent reviews, I felt I had to put in my two-cents in. I probably had wings at only three of the locations she talks about, but I have to defend one – Hooters.
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Best Buffalo wings in town

I absolutely love Buffalo wings. What’s not to love? They’re fried, saucy, you use your hands, and you can dip them in lots of ranch sauce. There are lots of restaurants in the area that serve wings, but the San Gabriel Valley definitely needs more. Here’s my evaluation of the places I’ve been:

Great presentation. The wings are fried but are served un-sauced. Instead, you get a small bowl of buffalo sauce and ranch sauce. The wing sauce is vinegary, spicy but without any serious heat. The kick comes from the vinegar. Even without sauce, the wings have great flavor. The skin is crisp but there’s plenty of juicy meat inside. I’d give these an A.

Pizza Chalet
One time I went to this local pizza joint in Covina, the waiter told me they were out of wings! I couldn’t understand how this was possible. It’s like Quizno’s telling customers they’re out of turkey meat, which really did happen last week. Pizza Chalet wings are just average and not really memorable. The restaurant makes up the taste shortcomings in price. You can get a whole lotta wings for a lot less than other restaurants. B-

Pizza Hut (Wing Street)
If you can’t find a specialty wing restaurant, Pizza Hut is a good backup. The wings are good, not great. They’re definitely on the fattier, softer side when compared to other wings. The Dallas Morning News even wrote about Pizza Hut’s increasing reliance on wings in their business. Smart move. Wings are relatively easy to make and rarely discounted. B

All the way from Texas, this chain opened its first SGV location in Monrovia a couple of years ago. Now, they’re they’re popping up everywhere: Baldwin Park, Chino Hills, Fullerton, Alta Loma, Whittier, Cerritos. Wingstop really knows how to pack a lot of flavor into a small piece of meat. My favorites are original hot, lemon pepper and garlic Parmesan. They also have a flavor called Atomic that’s probably the hottest wing I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, Wingstop wings are very small and over fried. The skins are nice and crispy but so is the rest of the meat. Still, these wings are definitely worth a try with a side of fries. (The seasoning on the fries is divine.). A-

Buffalo Wild Wings
With 14 flavors organized by spiciness, Buffalo Wild Wings (aka BW3) is the most “fun” wing place. You might need a couple of return trips to try all the flavors. So far, my favorite flavor is hot, which has a lot of heat but is also very flavorful. As far as texture goes, the wings have the perfect crispy to juicy ratio. However, inside meat is rather bland, especially when it’s not coated with a dipping sauce. For the overall wing experience, you can’t go wrong at Buffalo Wild Wings. Unfortunately, there are only 3 locations in California: Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta and Mira Loma. Let’s hope they open more. A

I don’t care what other people say. The wings at Hooters aren’t good. If you like the service, ambiance or atmosphere, that’s fine. But Hooters isn’t worth visiting for just the food. The wings are heavily sauced, too vinegary and too salty. The texture is similar to wings at Pizza Hut — soft, but not quite as fatty. Hooters also serves Buffalo shrimp, but it’s drowned in the same salty, vinegary sauce as they put on the wings. If you’re craving wings, don’t go to Hooters. There are too many better options out there. C