Love that chicken from…Sweet Dixie Kitchen.
A Long Beach, Calif. restaurant has drawn criticism after allegedly pulling a “Louisiana Fast” one, so to speak, by re-serving Popeyes chicken.
Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s Kimberly Sanchez told ABC 7 that she’s been serving breakfast and lunch at her place for four years.
She told the news outlet that most of the items are “made from scratch.”
There’s one big exception, though, the chicken for its chicken and waffles meal.
A customer allegedly spotted a Sweet Dixie employee bringing Popeyes boxes back into the restaurant, ABC 7 reports.
Sweet Dixie Kitchen, in Long Beach, Calif., has received criticism after apparently re-serving Popeye’s Louisiana chicken for its chicken and waffles meal.
This employee then took to Yelp to voice his concern over the practice.
According to ABC 7, an employee confirmed that Sweet Dixie does in fact utilize fast food chain chicken for its meal. The price: $ 15, far more than what one could pay at a Popeyes restaurant.
Still, Sanchez is unapologetic.
She responded to the Yelp review and also took to Facebook to defend the usage.
“We PROUDLY SERVE Popeyes spicy tenders — the best fried chicken anywhere and from New Orleans — which are delivered twice a day,” she wrote.
Sanchez said they have always drawn upon ready-made chicken, even before opting for Popeyes (versus a food distribution brand).
This stock image shows a Popeye’s sign at one of its locations. A restaurant owner in Long Beach, Calif., has come under fire for apparently re-serving Popeye’s chicken.
Sanchez cited her ill-equipped kitchen and its age in defending her decision.
Plus, she said, “I love Popeyes chicken. I love it. I think it’s the best chicken out there.”
Nevertheless, the scrutnity leveled at her has taken its toll.
“I’m in tears at my house, like inconsolable,” she added. “We didn’t do anything wrong. I did something I thought was the best product I could bring in. You don’t want to eat it, don’t eat it.”
Sanchez has reached out to Popeyes with the hope of including them on the menu. She hasn’t heard back yet, according to ABC 7.