Remember Chick-Fil-A? Boycotting In-N-Out Is Not a Good Look for Democrats

Why this, like a boycott of Chick-fil-A, will blow up in their faces.

 

If you’re like me and you grew up in Southern California, chances are you’ve had your share of In-N-Out burgers. Perhaps you’ve been bold and gone with Animal-style fries to pair with your burger. (I know I did.)

 

In-N-Out is where my childhood friends and I would meet for reunions during our teenage years, since I had moved away to a neighboring high school. We shared countless laughs and stories at many In-N-Outs over the years. It was a safe, welcoming place. You knew it was a good place with all the foot traffic they attracted.

 

What’s the appeal of this food joint, you ask? In-N-Out patrons flock to the fast food joint because they use fresh ingredients, have quality service, and are the nicest folks around. In fact, the Irvine-based company offers their franchise managers a handsome salary—a whopping $160,000/year.

 

Since moving to the East Coast, I long for the days where I could enjoy In-N-Out. Five Guys just doesn’t cut it. Not one bit.

 

Not surprising, the chair of the California Democrat Party is calling for a boycott of the popular West Coast chain because, gasp, their corporation donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party. The horror, the horror!

The donation can be found here.

 

Isn’t this an invasion of In-N-Out’s privacy? What’s the crime in this? I see nothing contentious or worthy of boycotting. If you read into In-N-Out’s history and notice where they are located — Orange County, CA — one can surmise that it’s a company run by conservative-minded people. Have you not seen the scripture on their cups? Did you know that Orange County, CA is one of the last bastions of Republican voters in California and has voted for them since the 1930’s (except this last election)? California Democrats have systematically tainted every remaining good thing in Golden State, which I called home for 21 years, so they go after In-N-Out to add insult to injury.

 

Interestingly enough, In-N-Out supported a Democrat PAC in recent years:

 

Fortune noted that In-N-Out has made donations to different groups in the past: Campaign finance filings show that restaurant donated $30,000 in 2017 and then $50,000 this year to Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy, a political action committee that supports Democratic candidates who are considered cordial to businesses.

 

If California Democrats want to boycott In-N-Out, they are playing with fire. Do they remember what happened with a similar boycott of Chick-fil-A? It backfired on them, and rightfully so. Why does every business have to openly support Democrats? Business owners are traditionally Republican, and don’t have to be compelled to support Democrats. In-N-Out has the right to donate to the Republican Party without retribution just as other restaurant corporations have a right to donate to their opponents.

 

In-N-Out will emerge as the victor in this. If you are able to dine there, give these nice folks and their employees your business.

Chick-fil-A Opens Shop in DC’s Union Station. The New Yorker Hardest Hit.

Out with Bojangles, in with “Creeping Christianity” in Washington, DC’s Union Station. CFA opened doors this morning.

Fellow DC Metro Area denizens, especially those close to Capitol Hill: Chick-fil-A has opened a shop in our famed Union Station this morning.

You know who’s the hardest hit? The New Yorker, who recently accused CFA of perpetrating “creeping Christianity” in the Big Apple. Nevertheless, DC habitants and their neighbors rejoiced across social media this morning in anticipation of the latest dining addition to hit Union Station.

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Dear (the under construction) @ChickfilA at Union Station in DC,

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So the union station @ChickfilA is now open and I’m happy

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Welcome @ChickfilA and adios @Bojangles1977.
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BREAKING: @ChickfilA opens at #UnionStation!!! A great Monday morning surprise!!!!! #WashingtonDC

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WASHINGTON — The @ChickfilA in Union Station is now open

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Kevin Daley@KevinDaleyDC

Could be a hot orders list this morning. Big administrative law case at 10:00. AND a @ChickfilA just opened two blocks from .

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Now if Chick-fil-A would open more shops in Alexandria and Arlington…We are eagerly waiting for CFA to return!

Youngstown State Students Triggered By Chicken Sandwiches





Another day, another college up in arms over the presence of a mere Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Liberal students and faculty at Youngstown State University are supporting a Change.org petition calling for the removal of a Chick-fil-A from campus grounds. They argue anti-LGBT comments made by the company’s deceased founder and continued financial support to family-oriented organizations disqualify them from serving students. They feel that replacing the popular fried chicken restaurant would be an act of solidarity for gay and lesbian students.

The online petition itself is quite ridiculous. Created by YSU student Emmett Ray, the petition only boasts (as I write this post) 122 supporters – not even reaching its modest goal of 200 supporters, despite the publicity. The headline of the article currently reads: “Close YSU’s Chick Fil A And Replace It With Somewhere Less Homophobic.” Which, of course, makes no grammatical sense. The petition begins by acknowledging how the popular fried chicken chain is a huge convenience for students: the Chick-fil-A is one of the few eateries open for students past 3:00pm and the only restaurant open on campus during the evening.

Not exactly the best pitch to potential students activists.

The petition closes by admitting that a removal from campus would likely not change the company’s stance on anything. Speaking to Campus Reform, Ray basically gave up on the idea of closing the restaurant. “…my goal with the petition was more to start a discussion than actually get Chick-fil-A closed.” Nevertheless, he is convinced the company is run by “homophobes.”

The petition does carry support by progressive students and teachers at Youngstown. One incensed professor commented: “I am a professor at YSU. I have not set foot up there since they became Chick-fil-A. I ate there when it was Pete’s Place, and in several previous incarnations. A long time ago it used to be a respectable place where you could take an invited speaker out to lunch and even have table service. We now have no such place and I will not support Fried Food for Homophobes, which is what I think of Chick-fil-A.”

This is by far not the first time students have called for the removal of a Chick-fil-A from their respective schools. In April, students at Duquesne University demanded a resolution calling for the school to reverse its decision to allow a Chick-fil-A to open on campus. Similar demands have been made at the University of North Texas, Fordham University,  University of Nebraska Kearney – basically anywhere you have teenage social justice warriors.

Many students across the country are triggered by simple, delicious chicken sandwiches.

 

 

 

 

NEW: Chick-fil-a To Take On KFC With Family Style meals

As if there weren’t enough reasons to go to Chick-fil-a already, the family-oriented chicken chain is about to expand its menu. Already known for its chicken sandwiches, the company is about to challenge rival KFC with a more family-style menu.

Business Insider reports that Chick-fil-a will be test marketing a new “family style meal” menu in select cities to determine if the concept should go nationwide.

The meals come with several different options for entrees such as 30 chicken nuggets, 12 chicken strips or four chicken breasts that are can be ordered grilled or fried. A typical meal would include two side such as bacon baked beans, a fruit bowl, macaroni and cheese or salad. There is also a “superfood” option that consists of kale and broccolini with dried cherries, nuts, and a maple vinaigrette dressing. The meals also include eight mini rolls. The combination is meant to feed four people.

Chick-fil-a designed the meals with input from a group of Dallas, Texas parents. When members of the group said that they wanted more ways to connect with their families, Chick-fil-a included a set of conversation starters on each box.

At $29.99, Chick-fil-a’s family meals are roughly equivalent to the cost of eating burgers or pizza in a restaurant for a family of four. They are slightly more expensive than KFC’s $20 Fill-Up, which includes eight pieces of chicken, slaw, mashed potatoes and gravy, and four biscuits. KFC family meals with equivalent prices come with 12 pieces of chicken and three sides.

The Chick-fil-a meals are meant to attract more customers during dinner, which Matt Abercrombie, Chick-fil-A’s menu development manager, says is the least busy time of day at Chick-fil-a. The meals will be available without pre-ordering and can be picked up at the drive-through or inside the restaurant. The meals can also be ordered online for delayed pickup. Of course, they will not be available on Sunday.

The Chick-fil-a family meals may sound great, but, at least for now, you’ll have to go to Greensboro, N.C., Phoenix, Ariz. or San Antonio, Texas to get them. The meals are being tested in those cities from now through November 18. After the test period, Chick-fil-a will decide if the family meals are ready for primetime.

Gluten-Free? You Don’t Have to Skip Chick-fil-A Anymore

Popular chicken sandwich joint Chick-fil-A has unveiled a new option for patrons who are gluten-free: the Gluten-Free Bun.  Those with Celiac’s disease or gluten sensitivity won’t have to shy again from Chick-fil-A anymore. Here’s more on the Gluten-Free Bun:

Made from a mix with ancient grains—like sorghum, amaranth, millet, quinoa and teff— this new bread option makes sandwich-eating-on-the-go easier for those looking to eat less or no gluten in their diet.

According to Chick-fil-A’s website, the Gluten-Free Bun will be unveiled in stores across the country starting this month.

“We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened,” said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A. “We heard positive feedback in test markets that the bun tastes better than some other gluten-free breads. That’s because instead of rice flower, we’ve made the bun with more premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth. Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu.”

Per the official press release, the Gluten-Free Bun was tested in several markets and was commonly ordered with both the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the Grilled Chicken Deluxe Sandwich. The Gluten-Free Bun reportedly has 150 calories and costs an additional $1.15, the popular chain notes. 

More restaurants are adopting this dining option as more Americans are battling Celiac’s disease or gluten sensitivity. An estimated 3 million people here in the U.S. suffer from Celiac’s disease, while 18 million are estimated to have some degree of gluten sensitivity.

The Atlanta, GA-based Chick-fil-A was founded in 1967 by the late S. Truett Cathy. Best known for their original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A boasts over 2,100 stores across 46 states and in Washington, D.C. It reportedly raked in $8 billion in profits last year.

Good move, guys!

Why You Definitely Should Eat at Chick-fil-A

Eater.com doesn’t know Monterrey Jack from a bunny hole, when it comes to Chick-fil-A.

Ryan Sutton, their chief reviewer, penned a cultural coup de poignard against one of the most beloved, tasty, and inexpensive food chains in America. But as usual, it wasn’t because of the food.

I’ve lived in the South for 25 years. For the first 10 of them, I didn’t ever eat at a Chick-fil-A. Not once. I know, it’s a terrible admission. (I honestly didn’t even know how to pronounce it. I said “chick-fill-uh” until I heard someone say “chick filet.” Duh.)

In fact, Sutton ate at the chain before I did–having graduated George Washington University in 2001, he wrote “I used to visit the Chick-fil-A during my D.C. college days, circa 2000, as a cheap and reasonably tasty source of protein after a workout.”

I don’t know what his qualifications to be a food critic are, but degrees in international affairs, Russian literature and international relations somehow led him to become Bloomberg’s restaurant reviewer. Hey, it’s a job, like serving up chicken sandwiches.

Getting to Sutton’s review, titled “You Probably Shouldn’t Eat at Chick-fil-A.” He starts with two paragraphs framing the debate over the company’s Biblical beliefs and politics. The food was somewhere in there too.

This is all to say, reckoning with Chick-fil-A is complicated. There’s the social question, which is how a Biblically grounded institution — whose $8 billion in sales dwarf KFC’s domestic operations — will fare as it expands outside of regions where it’s perceived as a beloved community cornerstone, rather than a venue whose mere presence evokes the type of anger normally directed at unqualified politicians.

What’s obvious here is that Sutton isn’t a fan of Biblical-anything. He used scare-quotes around the words “glorify God,” which is the stated corporate purpose of the Cathy family’s food chain. Sutton quoted Dan Cathy’s remarks to a Baptist publication–for a Baptist audience–about traditional marriage. All this has been litigated years ago, but apparently is still fresh in many peoples’ minds.

Biblically-based companies are to be avoided, regardless of their products, is the message. I suppose Eater’s audience likely doesn’t read Baptist publications.

Sutton suggests we look at Shake Shack or some New York-only chain called Fuku. Let’s compare.

A spicy fried chicken sandwich at Fuku will run you $8. Fries are $3. Granted, that’s in New York City, so let’s compare Chick-fil-A’s New York location–a spicy chicken sandwich combo (including waffle fries and a drink) is $6.19. Now if you want to pay 78 percent more for your fast food, I won’t argue, but if you’re paying because Fuku offers better LGBT benefits, that’s not a topic for a food review.

Shake Shack in Buckhead (Atlanta) will sell you a chicken sandwich for $6.49. Fries are $2.99 extra. But you don’t go to Shake Shack for the chicken (duh!). The only unique part of Shake Shack’s menu is the Pooch-ini® “Shackburger dog biscuit, peanut butter sauce, vanilla custard” for $3.99. Yes, you can feed your four-legged best friend at Shake Shack while you sip a $7.99 glass of Frog’s Leap white wine.

Listen, Gospodin Sutton, you admitted Chick-fil-A’s food is “cheap and reasonably tasty.” Apples to apples, it’s a pretty darn good chicken sandwich for a fast food joint. In fact, it’s delicious. My kids love it, and compared to Wendy’s (which also makes a decent chicken sandwich) or McDonald’s (where I refuse to set foot other than to use the bathroom), it’s really good.

As for world view, I’ll take LA-based In-N-Out Burger for being Biblical. They actually print scripture on their cups and fries containers. Owner Lynsi Torres is a God-glorifying, humble woman, who wrote me one of the kindest letters I’ve ever gotten on corporate letterhead.

I suppose Sutton will now have to get out his blood-red pen and trash In-N-Out too.

Bottom line: unless you want to pay a bunch of money for “progressive” food, that’s just as loaded with calories, fat, salt and sugar as any fast food outlet, you should positively, definitely, eat at Chick-fil-A.

YUM! Did You Really Need Another Reason To Love Chick-fil-A?

Chick-fil-A has a reputation for taking the fast food game to a whole new level – from its family-friendly atmosphere to its incredible service to (most importantly) its delicious food. This summer Chick-fil-A promises a seasonal sandwich that changes the game yet again.

It’s the Smokehouse BBQ Sandwich, and it features grilled chicken, Colby-Jack cheese, “Smokehouse BBQ” sauce, and pepper-and-brown-sugar bacon on a Hawaiian-style bun. (You may want to wipe the drool off your face.)

Chick-fil-A partnered with Atlanta based chef and restauranteur Ford Fry to develop the sandwich, test marketed it in 2015, and will launch it May 22 with a limited run until August 19.

“This is the first time we have tried what were are calling a seasonal approach to an entree,” David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of menu strategy and development, told Business Insider. ” We wanted to do something different for the summer.”

I know what you’re thinking: if they tested it in 2015, why are we just now hearing about it? Well, the company focused on its new app last summer, so we had to wait until this summer. Chick-fil-A will also debut a watermelon-mint lemonade this summer.

Let’s all hit our knees and thank God for Chick-fil-A. Ain’t it a great time to be alive?

‘It’s Lit’ Report: Generation Z Thinks Chick-fil-A is Cool

I must be a terrible Millennial. I’m largely unaware of what getting “lit” is. But apparently Google believes this phrase is important to explore and has thus released a study on what teenagers think is cool.

A March 2017 Google study “It’s Lit: A Guide to What Teens Think is Cool” has insight into what brands, for example, teens think are cool. Here’s the gist of the report and what purpose it hopes to serve:

Cool is an indication of what people pay attention to, what gets them excited, and can often act as a manifestation of their hope and dreams. Unlike millennials, this group is ambitious, engaged, and feel like they can change the world. For Generation Z, what’s cool is also a representation of their values, their expectations of themselves, their peers, and the brands they hold in the highest regard.

Here’s more on the “coolness” factor:

Teens feel something is cool if it’s unique, impressive, interesting, amazing or awesome. Something becomes “cool” when it brings joy or happiness or is unique enough to stand out from everything

For those also unaware of what getting “lit” means, here’s an explanation:

The state of being so intoxicated (regardless of the intoxicating agent) that all the person can do is smile, so that they look lit up like a light.

A factor that stands out in this study: Mobile device use and consumption of information through it is very popular among Generation Z, those born between mid-1990s and early 2000s. The top ten brands are listed as the following:

01. YouTube

02. Netflix

03. Google

04. Xbox

05. Oreo

06. GoPro

07. Playstation

08. Doritos

09. Nike

10. Chrome

Here’s a graph enclosed in the study elaborating more on this:

Source: Google

If you look closely at the graph, Chick-fil-A is a lot cooler than United Airlines. Ha! In fact, when compared to Millennials (who think In-N-Out is cool), Generation Z thinks fast food company Chick-fil-A is cool.

 

We know that Generation Z is more plugged in, loves material things, and has a lot of potential purchasing power. Politically, we’re unsure how they’ll turn out. Many of these teenagers haven’t voted yet–although the schools they are attending are more radicalized than in year’s prior. (Although eating and preferring “hate-chicken” may convince them to reject leftist viewpoints.) Interesting study nonetheless–minus the uber Millennial title.
Read the full study here.