All photos and text by Justin Roberson (@BauceSauce)
As a Southerner, I am no stranger to fried food—chicken, potatoes, macaroni, etc. I’ve eaten it all. In fact, there was a nine-year stretch from seventh grade to junior year of college where I did not consume a single baked/broiled/steamed vegetable. If an item wasn’t nestled inside a flaky womb of perfectly seasoned flour, then it didn’t occupy real estate on my plate. While assisting my grandmother in the kitchen when I was eight years old, I remember her telling me, “Whatever the recipe calls for add in another stick of butter.” Another. Stick. I sweat grits, and pregnant Southern women lactate buttermilk.
I say all this to say my arteries never stood a chance, but also as a means to explain that although I may not be an expert on the diverse and ever-shifting landscape of international cuisine, I am intimately familiar with Southern Homestyle Cooking. If eating an actual ton of it every fiscal quarter doesn’t attest to that fact, know that I was actually engaged to a chicken-fried chicken breast for 6 months, but she called it off after I lost my job and couldn’t afford the sawmill gravy she was so accustomed to being smothered with.
Southerners agree on most things, from gerrymandering to gun rights. However, a rift courses deep through the southeastern United States that is older and more violent than the Hatfield–McCoy feud. This rift pits brother versus brother, father against son, mother against great-uncle, and daughter against cousin.
I have seen lives ruined because of this debate.
Both restaurants have served Southerners for over 30 years—their dishes are staples of our diets, their signs indigenous to our town landscapes. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, affectionately known as Bojangles’, opened in 1977 in Charlotte, NC. The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967 in Atlanta, GA. With such a long heritage, it’s easy to understand why each side has its own gaggle of die-hard fans.
Bojangles’ Cajun Filet Biscuit is inherently spicy. So, to combat any palette preferences, we chose Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Chicken Biscuit for the showdown. Since the heat from the CFA biscuit comes from the spice in the batter, and not sauce or marinade, they were closer equals. Let’s get this poultry in motion.