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Tag Archives: Chicken Parmesan

ARBY’S – CHICKEN PEPPERONI – PARM SANDWICH

11 Oct

UntitledWOW. This.  Is.  Special.   Arby’s you did it this time!

This is the best sammich I have ever had from Arby’s.  It’s sooooo good.

If it was just a chicken parm sammich I would be happy…but just the simple addition of some deli slice pepperoni takes this to the next level.  It’s for a limited time..so go get it FAST….oh lawd…..it’s so good…

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The Black-eyed Pea- Chicken Parmesan

16 Oct

Black-eyed Pea serves up some killer home cookin’ type meals.   Chicken-fried steaks…..Chicken and Dumplings…..Meatloaf….Turkey and dressing…..so I was kinda surprised to see Chicken Parmesan on the menu.   It’s a classic Italian dish and stood out among all the other American classics.   So I had to try it.

What you see is what arrived.  It looks beautiful.   Melted cheese.  Shaved cheese.  Thick and rich looking sauce.  Golden brown chicken and a heaping bed of spaghetti.

Unfortunately it all tasted sort of bland.   Little to no seasoning on the chicken and the red sauce was your most basic of pasta sauces.   The spaghetti was a bit gummy and chewy.     The chicken was tender and juicy despite the distraction of the other flavors.      I was afraid that ordering a pasta dish from a menu that didn’t have many pasta dishes on it would be trouble.   In this case I hate to be right because I was truly hoping to find that off-beat dish that would be my newest love at a beloved restaurant.

It wasn’t that it was bad.  It just could have been so much more than it was.

REVIEW: BUCA di BEPPO

21 Mar


BUCA di BEPPO, oh how you have stuffed my belly and left me almost sleepy.

Ok first – Buca di Beppo means- “Joe’s Basement”.   Ok, actually it’s slang- Buca (basement) of Beppo- “Beppo” being a slang version of “Giuseppe”.

Ok, I am confused I think.  But I don’t care, this chain of Southern Italian style dishes has me under their command.

What you see in the pic is an elegant Chicken Parmesan.   It was SOOOO good (we were there for lunch and had lunch specials).    Also had the Lasagna, which was also, truly amazing.

The portions are large and are served “Family Style” which is large portion meant to be shared.   This is awesome and a bit of a drawback at the same time.   The normal table-bread you get at an Italian place has to be ordered separate, meaning you are paying for it.   Not free like some place like Olive Garden.    Also, if you wish to have a salad, that also is an extra charge.  So your bill can stack up quick.  Keep this in mind if you think you are gonna load up on salad and breadsticks.

I think this place is best visited for lunch when the portions are controlled or with a large group of people to celebrate a birthday or something.

The decor of the place is funky and cool.   It’s has a very “homey” feel to it.   Great atmosphere.

I would rate the food better than most chain Italian places you are likely to find.    So the next time you want to impress a date or get together with friends and have a bit of a blow-out dinner and drinks.  Check this joint out.

BK Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

3 Sep

I absolutely LOVE Chicken Parmesan.  It’s a fantastic marriage of Italian flavors and textures.

For YEARS I have been making my own Chicken Parm sammiches very easily.  So easily I often wondered why the big boys didn’t.   I mean seriously-  take a chicken sandwich, throw on some sauce and cheese and boom – a down and dirty version of the beloved dish.

So when I heard Burger King was bustin’ out a version I was STOKED.  It’s part of their new “post summer” menu which has an italian flair to it with a Basil Chicken Sandwich & wrap – plus popcorn chicken and a couple of other treats.    But I think this is the star of the show.

I polished that thing off just about an hour ago, so it’s all still fresh in my mind.   This is the kinda thing that could really turn into an ACE up the King’s sleeve.   It’s good.   To be able to get it anytime (24hr BKs around here) and under two minutes??  That makes it quite good.

At the order-board, I asked what comes on the sandwich.   I guessed it was chicken,sauce, and cheese – BUT-  sometimes a restaurant will take a GREAT idea and mess it up by throwing some weird ingredient into the mix.

ME:  So what comes on the Chicken Parm sammich?  (I say sammich even in-real-life)

BK:  Um let me look on the paperwork.   (This is actually cute because it’s SO new he doesn’t know and is taking the time to get it right-  I like this!)

BK:  Um… It is a wheat bun with grilled or crispy chicken that is …….tender and juicy …and mozzarella cheese …sauce and some more cheese …parmesan. 

(the tender and juicy part was funny to me – he must’ve been reading right from the promo info….fantastic!)

ME:  Great!  I will take it.  Crispy style please.

What I got had some heft to it.  I unwrapped what you see above.   It’s a sexy bun for starters.   Soft and firm.   The chicken is a typical fried chicken breast.   I didn’t taste any special italian spices on it.  Nor did I expect any.  This basic chicken could be used for ten different sandwiches so I forgive that pretty easily.

The sauce is very mild and that is the only weakness of this sandwich.   I love zesty and bold.  This isn’t.  BUT – This sandwich has to satisfy EVERYONE – not just me – despite what my inner voice tells me.  So I can totally accept this.

There is a slice of mozzarella, and what appears to be Parmesan shavings on top of that.

Shaved Parm?  If you are gonna shave parm on top, hopefully this is an indicator that the sammich is partially assembled fresh as you order it.   I like this.  A lot.

Again, I dig this whole thing.  I am super-surprised that nobody has done it before.  It’s really such an easy variation of a typical chicken sandwich.

Ever since that news story came out saying Burger King had lost its #2 slot to Wendy’s, BK has really made a serious effort to bring some interesting and tasty new treats to the table.

I like it King, keep it coming baby.