Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits
of 4 reviews
2659 Valley Ave, Winchester, VA - Map
On Sunday, October 18, 2015 my daughter and I had lunch at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, 2659 Valley Avenue in Winchester, Virginia. It is across the highway from Stutzman’s Chevrolet, and its driveway is off Lake Street, a side street which has a traffic light on Valley Avenue.
Popeyes is a fast food restaurant with its own building and parking lot, and is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM for both lobby and drive through service. The phone number is (540)723-8822.
Please note that spelling Popeyes without an apostrophe is not a typo; the eatery’s name has no apostrophe and never did; the company’s history page claims that they couldn’t afford an apostrophe for its sign when they first started.
The restaurant has entrances on each side of the building; neither one has a vestibule. The open kitchen is in the back, fronted by the counter where you place your order and pay for it. The menu is displayed on lighted glass signs on the back wall, and there are no printed menus. The drink dispenser is against the left wall, near the counter.
A service bar is opposite the counter and separates the dining area from the back of the room. Its front side has large jars displaying the various spices used to season the food. There is also a curved counter with seats here.
Booths are along the front and left walls; other seating is by tables along the right wall and elsewhere. Windows on the front and both sides give the dining area a light and airy ambience.
The menu includes Chicken Combos, Chicken Platters with two sides, a biscuit, and a large drink. Seafood is represented by Cajun Fish, 1/4 pound Popcorn Shrimp, and Fish and Popcorn Shrimp; Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is coming soon. Signature sides are Cajun Rice, Cajun Fries, Onion Rings, Green Beans, Red Beans and Rice, Corn on the Cob
My daughter ordered Cajun fish, red beans with rice, and onion rings. I had a three-piece combo of spicy chicken, rice with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, and barbecue sauce for dipping. We each received a biscuit with our order. She liked her fish, and I found my chicken good and not excessively spicy. We took some of the leftover side items home with us.
At one time the restaurant chain was called Popeyes Chicken & Biscuit; the name may have been changed at the time of the company’s fortieth anniversary in 2012.
Best fried chicken in town by far. I always go in for the three piece and get the dark meat (juiciest). For sides, I recommend trying the mashed potatoes, red beans and rice, and green beans. (Do the "platter" not the "combo," you'll get more for your money). I did the mild tenders for lunch once, and they were piping hot. I had to wait for them to cool. Every now and then, Popeyes also has the butterfly shrimp -- definitely worth trying -- there are yummy sauces to go with it. All in all, I rate Popeyes as five stars since it's better than most fast food and has real chicken pieces that aren't soggy (like KFC).