Nothing great about this place. The biscuits are greasy and the sausage had a weird taste. Another major negative is that they service Pepsi products and don't serve iced coffee. I'll stick with McDonalds for Breakfast.
On Sunday, June 12, 2016 I had lunch at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits, 191 Gateway Drive, Winchester, Virginia. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 AM-11:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 5:30 AM-Midnight.
The phone number is 540-450-8646. The Web site is http://www.bojangles.com/, and Bojangles is also on Facebook. Dine-in, takeout, and drive-up services are available.
The location is in the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, east of Winchester on Route 7, a little past its intersection with I-81 at Exit 315 East. As you enter Gateway Plaza, stay on the entrance roadway without turning off to the right; you will come to its end, where Bojangles’ is the last business on your left, just beyond the Sonic Drive-in.
I arrived at 11:45 AM, and the drive-up line was already backed up onto Gateway Drive. When I was finally able to enter the parking lot, I was unable to access the handicapped parking spaces next to the entrance because all three were blocked by cars in the drive-up line.
I parked in a regular space and got into the waiting line, which extended out through the door onto the sidewalk. The fellow behind me said that he had come here at 5:30 AM on Friday for the Grand Opening, and the person at the head of the line had been there since 2:00 AM. The reward was a $10:00 coupon which he was using for this visit.
The line moved fairly well, and we were soon through the door and vestibule, to where the line was defined by dividers that snaked it back and forth until you reached the end of the counter to your right.
While you are in line, you should scan the menus posted on the wall behind the counter so you can tell one of the two receptionists what you would like to have. The categories include Biscuits, Sandwiches, Salads, Combos, Boxes, Dinners, Family Meals, Boneless Chicken, Fixin’s, Drinks, Sweets, and Kid’s Meals.
Breakfast is served all day. I selected a Cajun Filet Biscuit and a regular cup of unsweetened iced tea. I moved along the counter, and by the time I reached the cashier at the far end, my order was ready on a tray.
I went to the drink dispenser at the back wall for my iced tea. One of the staff saw my cane, took my tray, and followed me to my table; I appreciated the courtesy.
The place was quite busy, but it can hold 90 people and there were still empty seats. A number of the patrons were families with small children. My Cajun Filet Biscuit was a seasoned breast filet served on a made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit. It was a bit spicy, as I expected, but not too much so. The biscuit was flakey, and wanted to fall apart.
The serving area floor has large, light ceramic tile; dark brown carpeting is in the dining area, which helps keep the noise down, along with the ceiling’s white acoustic tile. Booths are along the left wall, and tables are along the front and back walls, with three rows of tables in the center of the seating area.
There is no music or TV. An exit door in the back wall leads to a smaller parking area behind the restaurant, and there are no outside tables. Windows are in the front, left, and back walls.
The announcement for a Bojangles at Gateway Plaza had appeared in The Winchester Star on March 2, 2016, and the area had been waiting for its opening ever since. It is the third Bojangles in Virginia; the others in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville are also operated by the Winchester franchisee.
It was running smoothly, especially considering that it was only the third day it had been open. I thought the Cajun Filet Biscuit was good, but later looked up its Nutrition Information on the Bojangles Website
The sodium content is 960 mg, an excessive amount for someone trying to keep his blood pressure down. Fast food restaurants are not my favorite places to eat, and I don’t believe that I’ll be back to Bojangles very often.
Bojangles is the seventh chicken restaurant in the area, which already has Bonchon Chicken, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chic-fil-A, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Peru’s Chicken, and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. In addition, a Zaxby’s franchise is planned to open in Winchester later this year, probably sometime in the fall.