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Would you like fries (or onion rings or chicken tenders) with that?

When on the Jersey Turnpike, Eat at Popeyes

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Stay away from Roy Rogers' fried chicken. Far away.

Last weekend I had the unfortunate experience of eating at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. While the obvious thing to do when having to make a decision between Nathan's, Arthur Treacher's, and Roy Rogers is to go hungry, I chose Roy Rogers. "It's fried chicken—how bad could it be?" I asked myself. Pretty bad, considering that I vowed to never eat at Roy Rogers again after that experience.

If only there had been a Popeyes instead of Roy Rogers—then my New Jersey Turnpike meal would've been less loathsome. Paula Marantz Cohen of Drexel University's online journal The Smart Set discovered that Popeyes makes some "damned good" food for a fast food joint. Even if you you're not looking for New Jersey Turnpike rest stop eating tips, it's worth reading her amusing essay to feel the pain that comes with failing to find palatable food on the road.

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