Wednesday, June 02, 2010

More than a Miracle

As a foodie, one of my abiding loves is creative uses of everyday foods. Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and vinegar become a caprese salad. Brussel sprouts, honey, olive oil and pepper make for a delicious roasted veggie dish. And chicken, bacon, cheese and love make up the Double Down by KFC.

Before you say anything, please accept the premise that even a chain restaurant can surprise. I was skeptical at first as anyone would be. How, I questioned, could anyone improve on a chicken sandwich that Chic-Fil-A already perfected? Why even try? So as I approached this new offering, I wasn’t exactly optimistic. It’s not like this would be KFC’s version of the McRib or anything… or would it?

My favorite local KFC is located at 409 N. Cedar Bluff Rd. With a combined feeling of corporate glitz and real world grime, it is great to know that no one there knows my name so that I can enjoy my fried goodness in peace. So with a head full of doubts, I ordered my first Double I wish I had ordered a second.

From the first bite to the last, the balance of Fried chicken, crispy bacon, melted cheese product and mayo sauce lulled me into a gentle and loving embrace. To say that I loved it would be doing an injustice to the meaning of love, and I would be cheapening that special bond between man and his food. I walked away from that red letter moment in my life with a clearer view of what is possible in our culinary world, and those possibilities now seem boundless.

Go try it yourself.

409 North Cedar Bluff Road
Knoxville, TN‎
(865) 693-0795

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Anonymous said...

You know, it doesnt look nearly as greasy as I thought it would.

I have wondered this, though: doesn't the definition of "sandwich" suggest a requirement of some sort of bread product?

Thanks for investigating, Pol.

B said...

I am bee-lining as I type to cedar bluff for some finger lickin' goooood!

The Modern Gal said...

ZOMG, that's MY favorite KFC too!

So is it worth giving up Chandler's fried chicken for?

Anonymous said...


Athomp said...

hahaha that's awesome...kfc when fresh is amazing BECAUSE and only because of their recipes. I worked there in high school and I remember how good it can be (it's chicken people...) for this product.

You should note, though, that this is still hormone laden specially mutated chickens you are eating. So, do so at your own risk.

Cheers :)

G. Dubberbuntz said...

I applaud your honesty, but the Wigsphere just took a huge credibility hit. What does this have to do with Knoxville? Anyone anywhere can eat fast food.

max said...

i think there was a bit of sarcasm with doing this post. a sarcasm sandwich if you will. actually it was more like two pieces of sarcasm with a slice of snark and mustard in between.

Anonymous said...

Anyone anywhere can drink Starbucks too Dudderbuntz but at least they didn't post about that.

And would they go all the way and post a map to a KFC if there wasn't some sarcasm involved?

Keep it up wigshoppers. And ditto to what max said.

That sandwich just looks gross.

G. Dubberbuntz said...

If I remember correctly, wasn't the Modern Gal's favorite West Knox landmark an Arby's sign in the shape of a hat, or was that a joke too?

Anonymous said...

I was confused by the unicorn, saddened by the bus thing, and disappointed by the farewell column, but now I just don't know who you are.

Unknown said...

Yeah I thought you guys were going to be away for a while? I'm puzzled and nauseated. Also, I love me some sarcasm but think this post about KFC was a poor choice to convey it. You haven't lost me though...My husband and I will be moving to Knoxville in August and finding this blog got us even more excited for our move!

Dale S. said...

I have to admit that I wasn't sure if you were joking or not either, especially considering how much you've drooled over BBQ and bacon in the past. It probably would have worked better on April Fool's or something. Considering how much writing, photography, and dietary torture went into this one, maybe you have too much time on your hands.

The Modern Gal said...

Pol, you're so pol-arizing.

And no, the Arby's thing was not a joke. I like the kitsch, and the hat is a Bearden landmark to me. You don't see them much anymore, so in a way it is kinda unique to Knoxville.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. General sarcasm or is this aimed at somebody?

Anonymous said...

I don't mean to offend, and I love the work that the wigshoppers put into this blog for the benefit of all Knoxvillians, but can we all just agree not to call ourselves "foodies" anymore? Even "sarcastically"? Everyone loves food--let's move on.

B said...

two things:

1. Pol = Wigshop whipping boy

2. I prefer foodster to foodie because it combines my two favorite things: food and being a hipster.

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