The Washington Post conducted a blind taste test to determine which fast-food restaurant makes the best biscuits, and the results may surprise some people.
The South takes its biscuits seriously, and though homemade ones are the best, sometimes a fast-food biscuit can get you by. The Post asked its judges to sample six restaurants’ biscuits, and to rate them from 1 to 5, with 1 being a “bad biscuit they’d never want to eat again and 5 being the best biscuit they’d ever had.”
Not surprisingly, none of them scored a perfect 5.
The biscuits were judged on texture, taste and appearance.
BK’s biscuit earned only a 1.5. The Post said the comments included the biscuits were dry, cardboard-like and “like eating a salty rock.”
The fried-chicken specialist scored 2.25. The Post said the comments included some compliments on the outside crispness of the biscuit and the textures, but that it had “so little flavor” and was “bland yet fluffy.” One judge said Bojangles’ biscuits tasted like baking soda.
The colonel’s restaurant scored 2.88. The Post said comments included compliments about the lightness and airiness of the biscuits and the salt level, and judges even said the biscuit tasted like “someone tried to make it at home.” The few criticisms included the biscuits being “very doughy.”
The judges said Popeyes biscuits were the most traditional and they earned a score of 2.88. The Post said most judges were complimentary, saying the biscuits were buttery, rich, salty and flaky.
Chick-fil-A’s score of 3.13 put it in second place, despite some mixed reviews from judges. The Post said judges commented that the biscuits were buttery and had a little bit of sweetness. Criticisms included the biscuits tasting like cornbread and being greasy or oily.
Fast-food giant McDonald’s came out on top with a score of 3.25. The Post reported that one judge said, ironically, “Soft, flaky, buttery, reminds me of Popeyes, which in my opinion is the gold standard.” Even though it came in first, one judge did not love the biscuit and said, “Oily. Like swallowing a huge lump of dense bread. I want a bunch of water after eating this.”
“Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits” was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977, and apparently a senator from that state is not about to see his biscuits insulted.
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis tweeted Tuesday: “With all due respect to the Washington Post, their food tasters need to get their tastebuds checked out. Bojangles makes the best ‘fast food’ biscuits, period.”
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