When you go to a restaurant you assume that the food you eat was, you know, actually made in that restaurant. But that’s not the case in Long Beach, where Sweet Dixie Kitchen was called out recently for just re-serving Popeyes Louisiana Chicken as their own. Now sure, Popeyes chicken tenders are delicious – but, if you wanted them, you probably just could’ve gone to Popeyes, no?
As the blog Longbeachize pointed out, a a customer allegedly saw employees of the joint carry some boxes of Popeye’s chicken boxes into the kitchen. The customer, who goes by Tyler H on Yelp, wrote this in his review:
Before my friends and I got seated we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles to see whether or not they were serving Popeye’s to their customers. I thought the chicken tasted suspiciously like Popeye’s and was also rather stale.
I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.
Sweet Dixie, who charges $12.95 for their chicken and waffles, responded to the review on their Facebook page and, well, they didn’t deny it.
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.
And while it’s true that restaurants do buy some ready-made items, outsourcing an entire protein to a fast food joint does seem a bit much – but it did give me an idea for my new restaurant where you just order off of the Postmates app and I charge you an extra 40% for putting it on a plate.