Sandwiches in Review: McDonalds Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich

August 16, 2011

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  That was the idea when McDonald’s introduced the Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich a few years ago.  The Southern Style is a variation on Chik-Fil-A’s famous chicken sandwiches, which consist of a crispy fried chicken breast with pickles on a bun.  It’s delicious, but as Chik-Fil-A isn’t a nationwide franchise, it’s somewhat difficult to come by here in the Midwest.  McDonald’s made the wise move of marketing it nationally around the same time they introduced their Sweet Tea, another Southern standby.  But how does it stack up?

The official sandwich of wayward sons sipping Arnold Palmers in white linen suits. (That is a somewhat obscure reference, and I apologize for it.)

Pretty darn well, actually.  The Southern Style has been a favorite of mine for a while now, and I was surprised to find I hadn’t already reviewed it.  It’s simple and distinctive, and the combination of chicken and pickles provides a very different flavor from the standard lettuce and tomato framework.  It’s also available for breakfast sans pickles on a biscuit, but since I don’t usually frequent McDonald’s before noon, I haven’t yet had the pleasure.

The other nice thing about the Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich is that it’s comparatively cheap.  Although it’s not on the Dollar Menu, a la carte it usually runs for only 2-3 dollars.  It’s well worth checking out, especially if you’re in the Northern of Eastern parts of the United States where it’s not otherwise available.  (I just realized I have no idea if it’s available internationally; if anyone knows, let me know in the comments.  Thanks.)

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