A California restaurant owner admits she's been serving Popeyes chicken to customers for the past two months, Fox News reports. In a one-star Yelp review posted Oct. 7, Tyler Hiebert sat down at Sweet Dixie Kitchen in Long Beach only to see employees carry two boxes of Popeyes chicken into the kitchen. Hiebert's suspicions were further raised when the chicken on his $13 plate of chicken and waffles tasted familiar. According to Munchies, a waiter confirmed it was Popeyes. But the clustercluck was just beginning. Sweet Dixie owner Kimberly Sanchez responded to Hiebert's post, claiming they "PROUDLY SERVE Popeyes spicy tenders" while sarcastically noting the restaurant also doesn't "grow our own veggies" or "mill our own flour." She concludes: "Whatever to you dude."
Sanchez says there's nothing wrong with her restaurant serving Popeyes since they don't have a fryer and Popeyes is "the best fried chicken anywhere and from New Orleans." She says Sweet Dixie uses Popeyes for its chicken and waffles and a biscuit and chicken sandwich. Sanchez says she's "not 'reselling' the strips" but rather "using them only as an ingredient." Brian Addison at Longbeachize, which previously included Sweet Dixie on its list of 15 "essential" Long Beach breakfast spots, says Sanchez's explanation isn't good enough, especially because Sanchez often boasts about her food being made from "scratch." "You’re basically creating and selling a form of gentrified Southern food, which is just outright egregious and offensive to those who cherish it," Addison writes. Sanchez says she has no plans to stop serving Popeyes. (Read more Popeyes stories.)