- Hollis Johnson
- A California restaurant was caught selling Popeyes chicken as its own. Angry customers flooded the restaurant’s Yelp page. The owner says that she has been transparent about this, adding that outsourcing ingredients is common in the restaurant industry.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but one California restaurant, Sweet Dixie Kitchen, took it a step further by using actual Popeyes chicken in its dishes.
The restaurant sells a fried chicken and biscuits dish for $12.95. It comes with chipotle syrup.
Owner Kim Sanchez told Fox News that she’s been transparent about the fact that her restaurant sources chicken tenders from the fast-food chain, but one patron wasn’t impressed.
In an October 9 Yelp review, Tyler H. wrote, “If you think Popeyes serves the best fried chicken then you really don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He added that he thought Sweet Dixie Kitchen was not being forthright about its ingredients, saying, “I challenge you to be honest with your customers … put it on your menu that you ‘proudly’ serve Popeyes chicken. You do this for coffee … why not for Popeyes chicken?”
Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s Yelp page has since been flooded with negative reviews.
Sanchez responded to the review in a since-deleted Facebook post, writing, “We always have said where we get the things we don’t make here- who ever is claiming we didn’t isn’t being honest. And we have never claimed we make each and every item…The yelp person was not only told where we source our chicken from, when he said he didn’t like it, we bought his meal.”
You can read the full post below:
“The owner of Sweet Dixie has a message to share with all our customers.On our menu- roughly 95% is house made- starting with a potato lets say- which we cut, season and cook- and make potato salad. We make quiche- as in crack each egg and measure spices and cream, and I put it in a pie crust that was made elsewhere (isn’t made here) We use the best product I can buy to make the items on the menu- some of them again, come from other companies, vendors, establishments just like any other place you eat at. Because that’s how the chicken works too. We use a ready made chicken – and always have – even before we decided to go with a certain chain as opposed to a food distributor brand fried chicken.Your local coffee place in Long Beach maybe selling you (does sell actually) Rossmore pastry or Babettes pastry and breads you had that lunch sandwich on and if you ask where it comes from they tell you- but it isn’t on their menu. We have sold biscuits to places and those places used them as their ‘made from scratch’ biscuits. Integrity- despite this wave of ‘Popeyegate’, is what my food is about – no matter what you want to say. I outsource very few items. Outsourcing is when a restaurant brings in a fully cooked or ready made product which if you count all the frozen things Sysco provides to pop in an oven and serve, is alot. The things we say we make from scratch, we do and that is most of what we serve. We always have said where we get the things we don’t make here- who ever is claiming we didn’t isn’t being honest. And we have never claimed we make each and every item. We do use some ready to go products as ingredients for items on our menu.The yelp person was not only told where we source our chicken from, when he said he didn’t like it, we bought his meal. As for ‘plastering it on the menu’, we don’t, just like every other place you eat – that doesn’t mean it isn’t transparent- we don’t list the ready made Kielbasa or hot links or puff pastry or pie shells or baguette- I could go on – because we bring the items in- ready made- and then use them as ingredients in a dish – like the chicken – and make something that is then made here – an original dish we thought up- like the chicken slider with a head of cabbage we grated to make the wasabi cole slaw and the raw tomatoes we cooked down for 3 hours to make the tomato jam and flour that went into a mixer and became a biscuit and the chicken we bring in to put with all that.And we charge for the ingredients and labor that goes into that dish. We will continue our business the same way we have always done- honest that we make nearly all from scratch, saying what we do make from scratch, and when we can’t, we will use the second best thing available to us. And we will be glad to let you know which is which- just like we always have.”