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We Visit the Popeyes Test Kitchen and Try New Menu Items

Popeyes corporate headquarters recently opened its doors for us to visit their test kitchen. They don't normally do this; in fact it was the first time the chain invited food bloggers to tour its facilities. The fried chicken chain is best known for its "bonafide" New Orleans menu, but the headquarters for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is actually in... Atlanta, Georgia.

Zatarain's Butterfly Shrimp

During the visit, we got to sample the chain's newest menu item, Zatarain's Butterfly Shrimp, hitting all 1,500 Popeyes locations this week. We also got a sneak peek behind the curtain, and sampled a few products that are still in testing mode. Like fried blackberries and cream pie, which we believe should be officially added to the menu.

If you think of Popeyes solely as a chicken chain, loosen that belt a notch and think again. We got to tour one of SE's favorite chains, eat an obscene amount of food, and learn more about the chain's history. Where did the Popeyes (no apostrophe, please) name come from? Not the cartoon sailor man, but the nickname of the lead character in The French Connection.

Visit the Popeyes test kitchen with us in the slideshow >>

About the Author: Todd Brock lives the glamorous life of a stay-at-home freelance writer in the suburbs of Atlanta. Besides being paid to eat cheeseburgers for AHT and pizzas for Slice, he's written and produced over 1,000 hours of television and penned Building Chicken Coops for Dummies. When he grows up, he wants to be either the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the drummer for Hootie & the Blowfish. Or both.

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