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Chicken Fingers……..yeah.

October 15, 2009

Who wants to party
Finding out that there was a new chicken finger restaurant (really!?) opening up near my work had me, well I kinda didn’t care much at all really. Then to find out that it was a national chain, something that I am inherently against (unless you are Taco Bell or Popeye’s Chicken, I will love you both forever), I was just kind of disappointed. However, the Raising Cane’s now located on the BU west campus decided to hand out a coupon for a free meal the day before open so of course I am not going to pass that up, right?

Right.

Me and some pals and a complete stranger went in and were greeted by a super friendly staff who was eager to make each person’s trip enjoyable. I mean, these folks were anxious. If the sweet tea doesn’t give you diabetes, they just might! Anyway the menu basically consists of 4 combo meals. That is it. They have 3 times the beverage options, but only 4 meals to choose from. Each combo comes with side of coleslaw, some fries, texas toast, and their famous “Cane’s sauce”. The combo options are 4 chicken fingers, 3 chicken fingers, 6 chicken fingers, and a chicken finger sandwich. Notice a pattern? They don’t have anything else. But they do have fountain drinks, sweet tea, unsweetened iced tea, and “fresh squeezed” lemonade. Even though our meals were free, the meal I got would be over $10, and all of the combos were in the $7-10 range.

So the food wasn’t all that bad, or not nearly as bad as I had expected, but it really wasn’t as good as the people who were working there were building it up to be. The downside was the “Cane’s Sauce” which really didn’t add much flavor to the pretty darn juicy chicken fingers. I would have much preferred a ranch or a honey mustard (which, while they have it, someone at our table got it and an employee was so distraught about her not trying the Cane’s sauce that he went and got some so she could try it). The chicken fingers themselves, yeah they were really moist and with a really good crisp, but the flavor just wasn’t there. It needed some more seasoning in the batter. The fries were right out of your oven, McCain style, or out of your high school cafeteria. The cole slaw, well I rather liked it but you would be hard pressed to find one that I wasn’t that into. Again, it could have used a bit more seasoning but what can you do. The texas toast, though, this was the winner. I wish I had gotten 6 pieces of this rather than the 6 pieces of chicken that I did eat (yeah I got the big one).

In the end, is Raising Cane’s a viable lunch option? Sure, if you REALLY crave chicken fingers and not much else. Its hard to tear down their idea though, as they have locations that apparently have been successful all over the country. Only time will tell if the city will embrace this type of a place, but as for now I think I’ll keep my distance, knowing full well the best chicken fingers in the world are in Manchester, NH.

Raising Cane’s
945 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA

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