Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blog Party Restaurant Review at Chick-fil-A

This past weekend Carrie and I had the pleasure of attending a "Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Blog Party" at their store located at Camelback Road and 16th Street in Phoenix. We got to taste their new grilled chicken product that's coming out this month. Yum!!!

My post today includes a review of the restaurant and the delicious food we were served. And I also have a fun giveaway and some coupons for free food! Details are at the end of this post.

My sister-in-law, Liz, is a local marketing rep for Chick-fil-A, and she invited us to be her guests as we learned about Chick-fil-A’s menu and had an opportunity to sample their new grilled chicken product.

Assuming that Chick-fil-A was a fast food place, I've managed to avoid it and the other quick lunch options around my office. But you know what really surprised me after our time there on Saturday? These guys are not a “fast food” place! Everything is made fresh and the quality of the food is not fast food-ish at all.

Our visit that morning was for the purpose of sampling a new grilled chicken product that will be in their stores on April 14th. Chick-fil-A spent a considerable amount of time researching and building a special grill for their grilled chicken products, and I’m here to tell you – it was worth it! Moist, flavorful, and really delicious. I’m going to be in line to have this sandwich again on April 14th!

I had no idea that Chick-fil-A receives their chicken fresh. We learned that they only use quality skinless, boneless breasts that are hand filleted and breaded right there in their kitchen. They really take the time to make a quality product, and the taste confirmed it – SO delicious!

We also sampled their grilled chicken market salad and learned that their salads are made fresh every day. They use fresh vegetables that they chop and dice right there in the store – not those pre-bagged salads that many other chains rely on. And it was really cool that their Camelback store has this great big window so you can see what's going on in the kitchen...

And their lemonade? Made fresh every day too with only three ingredients: lemons, sugar, and water. Yum!

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning came in the form of an iced vanilla coffee. Even Carrie loved it, and she is not a coffee drinker! As we were sipping and oohing and ahhing I asked how many calories it had and I was shocked to hear that there are only 120 calories in the small size. And at $2.45 it’s a delicious bargain!

You know what else? They roll and cut their biscuits and bake them fresh every day.

We also had an opportunity to tour the kitchen, and to interact a bit with their employees. I have to say that I was very impressed with the way we were treated. It felt like we were very special guests at a five-star restaurant. The manager of the Camelback store, Phil, mentioned to us that they are a hospitality business - they want their guests to feel welcome. They did a great job of that!

I was also happy that their mascot, the cow, was present for part of our tour. I was really hoping that the little person inside that suit was my niece Savannah {her mom is my Chick-fil-A SIL} but it wasn’t. Poor cow. I kept asking, “Are you Savannah?” “Are you going to take your head off at the end so we can see who you are?” “How do you see from inside of there?”

Anyway! It was a great experience and I'm totally a fan of Chick-fil-A now! I have some coupons for a free grilled chicken sandwich to pass along to my readers, so if you want one let me know and I'll send one your way. You can either email me at djturtle{at}cox{dot}net, or message me on Facebook with your mailing information.
Those of you who request coupons for a free sandwich will also be entered into a drawing to win a couple of prizes that I may include with your free food coupon. :o)
So tell me, have you ever been to a Chick-fil-A before?
What did you think?
PS: I received compensation for this blog post by way of free yummy food and a couple of fun little prizes that I'm passing on to my readers. Big thanks to Chick-fil-A and my sweet SIL, Liz for a fun and yummy blog party. xo


Beverly said...

ChickFilA is the Chosen One's fav fast food restaurant! How is the new grilled chicken different from the current one? Love their Southwest Salad. Would love coupon :) Thanks!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Beverly ~ I never tried their original grilled chicken sandwich, but I understand that the new one has a different marinade. And the big difference is the new grill that it's cooked on. It tastes like it's grilled on an outdoor barbeque grill. SO yummy! I will definitely send you a coupon for a free-bee! xo

Susi said...

I do not eat chicken but I love their waffle fries and tea-unsweet!I usually get a side salad to go with the above.

Karen said...

Looks like fun. There are no Chick-fil-a's here so no need for a coupon. One opened near Sarah in Decatur while she was in seminary, but we never ate there.

Karen said...

Lovely informative post Deb but what I really like is that their mascot is a cow!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I had the same assumptions about the place that you used to have, so I'm happy to learn otherwise. I'd love a coupon and will stop by next time I see one! Plus, I'd like to be in the drawing for extra goodies.

Becky said...

Looks like you had a really fun time :)

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