5 Fried Chicken Sandwiches You Can Eat Right Now Without Waiting in Line at Popeyes

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With the Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich craze sweeping the nation for a second time, plus last weekend’s Fried Chicken Sundays at Craft House selling out in 1 hour 15 min., it seems hungry people everywhere have a craving for golden, crispy poultry that can’t be satiated.

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Seriously. Look at the line wrapped around the Popeyes in Santa Ana recently. I waited it out for a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich and I have to say … it was a good fast food version of a fried chicken sandwich. They served them in foil wrappers (a la Chic-Fil-A) that steam the sandwich a bit too much before you can enjoy it, but overall it’s better than anyone else’s out there in the fast food arena.

But, if you’re not in the mood to wait in line, or just want to find better flavors in other places, there are plenty of great options in Orange County (and one in Long Beach that I like, too).

Keep reading for 5 Fried Chicken Sandwiches You Can Eat Right Now Without Waiting in Line at Popeyes.

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Irenia at Lunch: Modern Filipino Food Shines in DTSA

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Filipino food is not something I’m thoroughly familiar with. Back in the day we used to raid my friend Noel’s pantry for Vienna Sausages, Spam and rice—and while that’s sure to make the Filipinos reading this smile—we can all agree: true Filipino food that is not.

I’ve previously dabbled in dishes at Pinoy Pam’s and Magic Wok—finding introduction to lumpia, pancit, sisig and lechon—but it hasn’t been until the recent influx of finer-dining Filipino fare, led mostly by second generation Filipino Americans, that I truly began to take notice of what this new wave of chefs are cooking up.

Filipino food is taking over the Golden State: In Los Angeles Eggslut founder Alvin Cailan’s Amboy helped pave the way for the Jonathan Gold-approved LASA; in Oakland the first Savor Filipino food festival goes down Oct. 15; and here in Orange County we have our own special gem in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana, the humble yet show-stopping Irenia.

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Niyaz’s Top 15 Dishes of 2015

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I left Orange County for Northern California in the beginning of the 2015 and enjoyed scouting the best of The Bay. In April I hit Yountville on the Thomas Keller Circuit, visiting The French Laundry, Ad Hoc and Bouchon Bakery. In May I took my first trip overseas to Europe. And when I returned to O.C. in July there were many restaurants still to explore.

It’s safe to say I’ve never fallen in love with the art of cooking more than I did in 2015. Here’s my Top 15 of the year.  … Read more…