During Mr. HowChow's recent business travel, I decided to hijack the blog temporarily to provide some suggestions for local tasty take-out and drive-through for those of us who do not process anything bought or sold, sell anything processed or bought, or whatever.
My disclaimer: Although I truly love Mr. HowChow's healthy, tasty cooking and the inventive food at restaurants included in his blog, sometimes you just need a break from all of those farmer's market, bulgur-wheat, 24-grain, quinoa-laden, kohlrabi-centric meals.
At times, after a very long day at work and no time or energy to prepare your own dinner (and nothing in the fridge because no one has gone shopping), you just want to drive your automobile up to a faceless, nameless voice in a box and ask for some dinner. Now, don't think you have to compromise. I love tasty food as well as ambience, and the Chik-fil-A in Fulton delivers both in a 3-5 minute culinary experience.
Although there are now healthy options on the board (a.k.a. your fried chicken in an Atkins-friendly "wrap"), I highly recommend the classic Meal #1. I'm not sure now if they actually use the word "fried" in the description of the breaded chicken on a roll, but you get all the flavor of KFC with 2 or 3 pickles for an extra juicy punch (other condiments must be added, but I only recommend ketchup). The highlights of the Meal #1 are actually the accompaniments. The salty, hot waffle fries are so yummy that I have invoked a rule for myself as I drive away that I can only eat 3 before I get home. OK, so I only live 3 minutes away. The piece de resistance is the beverage. I highly recommend choosing the lemonade for the soft drink. It's so choice. Tart, refreshing and packed with real (?) lemon flavor, this isn't your
kid's lemonade. Friends of mine have echoed this sentiment and in fact, say they go through the drive-through just for a drink.
So, I mentioned ambience. After you place your order, drive slowly, with the convertible top down, if you are so inclined or able, so that you can enjoy the rushing waterfalls to your right. Cool, breezy, and if you close your eyes, may remind you of Hawaii.....mmmm....ok, maybe not, but you have to give snaps to Chik-fil-A for trying. They truly have a water-feature in the drive-through, but have pretty quick and pleasant service, so don't drive through too quickly, or you will miss this little treat.
I neglected to mention ordering dessert in this post, but on other occasions (yes, again, while Mr. HowChow was away), I have ordered the same meal, but with an extra drink. A vanilla shake so thick and creamy, it's really not a drink. In fact, it may be so creamy, that it could serve as your FDA requirement for caloric intake in a 24-hour period. Whatever, though. No one will see you eat this as it is drive-through. Except for the extremely nice kids who staff the pay counter at the drive-through, who are maybe starting to look at me with a little more recognition this time around.....did they call me by name? I can't recall, but I can say that if you are going it alone one evening, drive through this little piece of chicken-fry-lemonade heaven.
p.s. Chik-fil-A has sponsored Dad-daughter and Mother-son nights which I have noticed while driving by the restaurant that also look like fun. Balloons for the kids, maybe some specials inside? We don't have kids, but also looks like a great place for a quick bulgur-free bite with the little ones.