One trendy restaurant is bringing a whole new meaning to the term “sourced locally.”
Local blog FoodBeastfirst posted the news after spotting a review from Yelp user Tyler H.
“Before my friends and I got seatedwe saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen,” Tyler wrote last week. ”...I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes.”
“We’ve always let it be known that we serve Popeyes,” supervisor Devon Lee told HuffPost, saying the fast food chain’s namedoesn’t appear on Sweet Dixie’s menu because of copyright laws.
Controversy aside, the fried chicken meals do lookpretty delicious.
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Sweet Dixie has been open for four years but has only serving fried chicken for about two months, Lee said, adding that the restaurant doesn’t have a deep fryer because it’s located in a historic building with residents living above. Getting city approval to install a deep fryer could take years, and getting the proper fan systems to accommodate the residents would cost at least $75,000, she added.
“People came in all the time asking about fried foods, because when you come to a Southern restaurant that’s what you expect on the menu,” she said. ”[Popeyes] was the easiest and best option, because Popeyes chicken is actually really good.”
Since the news came out, Yelp users have complainedabout paying$12.95 for Sweet Dixie’s chicken and biscuits when it’s really just Popeyes (which, to be fair, oftenwinsout in taste tests of fast-food fried chicken, but costs$5.99 for five tenders, according to a worker at a local franchise). Lee said Sweet Dixie’s homemade biscuit and coleslaw, its tomato jam and the time it takes to order and pick up Popeyesfrom “around the corner” are worth the price.
She said Sweet Dixie plans to cite Popeyes on their menu, but is waiting on approval from the local franchise first. For now, she said, waiters aretelling customers who order fried chickenthat it isn’t fried in-house, so they can choose something else if they want.
The Popeyes where Sweet Dixie buys its chicken isless than a mile away. A worker at the location declined to comment and told HuffPost to contact Popeyes’s corporate office, which has yet to respond to a request for comment.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.