The Big Debate: Who Makes the Best Fried Chicken?

Fried Chicken: some of us live it, love it, and even devote ridiculous amounts of our tuition refund checks to it. Its development is an accomplishment that the human race doesn’t appreciate enough by my standards.

If you are looking for me around lunch time, your best bet is to check all of the fried chicken outlets on campus first.

Thank goodness we are blessed to have multiple quality sources at our disposal.

Chick-Fil-A and Raising Cane’s are available to us students for our daily dose of deliciously battered fried goodness.

Both options are pretty decent by fried chicken standards and hold a place very near and dear to my heart.

The struggle then becomes which one to choose in hopes of quenching the craving.

So I’ve compiled a few key points to help the not-so-avid chicken connoisseur decide on which option is best to fulfill his or her most delicious desires.

For starters, Chick-Fil-A is probably way more central to most of your classes. The efficiency of just popping into the Union leaves nearly nothing to be desired.

That is, however, until you try to get in and out around the lunch rush.

The line can sometimes wrap around itself and out into the tables… I don’t know if your 8 count chicken nuggets will be worth the wait.

Who am I kidding?

Bite-sized chicken is always worth it.

But once you’ve braved that line and selected your golden brown entrée, you then are usually funneled into yet another line waiting for those heavenly waffle fries.

The service is always as expedited and friendly as possible but the rest of the student body probably has the same cravings you do so just try to remain calm and remember you’ll get your chicken as quick as possible

Raising Cane’s is on the other side of campus, and for some, is too far out of the way for a quick and easy lunch break.

That is its biggest downfall and its biggest triumph. If you are fortunate enough to have the time, you will nearly never be stuck behind a massive line of your salivating peers.

The most I have ever waited for my 4 piece “Box Combo” (hold the coleslaw/extra toast) is 10 minutes because the team behind the counter is quick to get you through the line. .

The quality of the food doesn’t disappoint either. The lack of available seating does though.

The Pavilion offers both indoor and outdoor seating but during the lunch rush, it does not seem to fit those eating at both Cane’s and the ever fabulous Steak-N-Shake.

Cane’s may also close early for athletic events and when it reopens, the prices have nearly doubled. During those events, their system will no longer accept your Plus 1 or Flex.

In reality, both serve very similar meals and both are viable options for the always bustling Ole Miss student body.

I’d give both Chick-Fil-A and Raising Cane’s a solid rating of 7.5 nuggets out of 10.

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Daniel Dubuisson

Daniel Dubuisson is a junior journalism major and Public Policy minor from Pass Christian, Mississippi. He struggles to find the balance between his hectic life as a student and his obsession with glitter, fried chicken and Britney Spears.