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McDonald's New 'Southern Style Chicken Sandwich' will not Stop Me from Driving 25 Minutes for Chick-Fil-A

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The new McDonald's "Southern Style Chicken Sandwich" head-to-head with the Chick-fil-a sandwich

About once a month, I make the 25-minute trek to Redondo Beach to get a taste of Chick-fil-a (This was the subject of a post I wrote almost exactly a year ago). With the price of gas up around the $4 a gallon mark, this isn't exactly the smartest move, but I believe their chicken sandwich, a piece of chicken on a butter toasted bun with three pickle chips is delicious enough to merit the trip.

Today, McDonald's officially launched a sandwich that could have possibly saved me a lot mileage and time. The "Southern Style Chicken Sandwich," which has been tested in markets throughout country for the past year and was brought to the LA area within the past two weeks, is also a piece of chicken on a butter toasted bun with three pickle chips. This past Saturday, I decided to give McDonald's offering a shot for my lunch. I optimistically thought to myself, "If this thing is good, I won't have to make the drive to Redondo for my Chick-fil-a fix."

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Unfortunately, the "Southern Style Chicken Sandwich" did not live up to my high hopes. From the first bite I knew I'd be getting in my car and hopping on the 405 sometime in the near future to enjoy the freshness of a Chick-fil-a sandwich, something McDonald's offering greatly lacked. The chicken was terribly dry and tasted as if it were just sitting there waiting for someone, anyone to say, "Hey, I'll give that new chicken sandwich a shot." I am guessing that it was in fact just sitting there, pre-made just waiting for me because the "Southern Style Chicken Sandwich" was handed to me within seconds of ordering. This isn't a game of who can make the fastest chicken sandwich, it's who can make the best and you may be fast Mickie D's but you are not the best.