“It’s close to my Southern heart having grown up in Georgia, and was my morning go-to when I was putting myself through culinary school, bartending till 4am, and heading to morning class at 6am. My regular order was the Chicken Biscuit with cheese and egg, a cup of sweet tea, and their crispy hash browns.” -- Holly Jivin, Chef de Cuisine, The Bazaar by José Andrés at The SLS Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, California)
“Their fried chicken sandwich is slightly sweet, topped with a judicious amount of mayonnaise, and served up on a squishy bun. It is so good. Their waffle fries are both thick and steak fry-like, but also have crispy bits. It’s a perfect combo. I used to really love their homemade coleslaw, but they replaced it with kale salad. Best of all, the tea is expertly brewed and made in-house every day. As a Southerner, I pretty much consider it to be the perfect iced tea.
“And here are the complications! I am also LGBTQ and have a love/hate relationship with this fast food establishment well-known for their conservative Christian values, especially in regards to gay marriage. The company has voiced that they do not have a policy of discrimination, and they also have an amazing scholarship program, donate to the Salvation Army, and do a lot of good. I’m sure a lot of people will call me a hypocrite -- all I can say is that sometimes a really good chicken sandwich is just a really good chicken sandwich.” -- Virginia Willis, chef (Atlanta, Georgia)