Popeye's Po-Boy Sandwich
While Popeye's doesn't quite recreate the magic of real NOLA po' boys, it comes impressively close. The chicken tender is both juicy and crispy, with the outside salty crunch of a potato chip. Their bread is like what you'd find at an Italian sub shop—definitely winning the "best bread" award. The mayo and pickles are both sparingly applied, but all in all, it's a winner.
This sandwich smelled the best as we unwrapped it. The alluring oily scent reminded us of freshly fried chicken—and it tastes that way, too. They win the crunchiest chicken prize. The bun reminds me of the Original BK chicken sandwich, and kind of hides the chicken, which is the star. Still, the chicken carries this sandwich to second place.
Chick-fil-a Chicken Sandwich
Whatever you think of their politics, they make a damn good sandwich. These pickles beat McDonald's pickles, no contest. The buttery bun enhances the chicken, which had just the right amount of batter and crisp. (Kenji and Ed both approved.)
Premium Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich from McDonald's
Though it comes with the same chicken as the Southern Style Crispy Chicken, it has a strangely sweet bun that doesn't jive with what should be a salty delight.
McDonald's Southern Style Crispy Chicken
This copycat of the Classic Chick-fil-a sandwich offers a real chicken fillet, bun, and pickles. The chicken is quite tasty; Kenji gave it a thumbs up, and Ed Levine commented, "It's thinner chicken, and thus not as juicy as I would like, but it's pretty good."
Great name, right? It has a nice peppery kick, though not too much crisp. In true McD's style, the mayo and bun are a little too perfect, a little too engineered. Kenji admitted liking the pepper and mayo on the sandwich, though he added "looking at it is a little scary."