The Least Appetizing KFC in the World

Believe it or not, the KFC pictured below (about two blocks from my house) is still open for business. Walking into a KFC is sketchy enough when it looks like an actual restaurant, but I can’t imagine walking into this construction zone and ordering a bucket of extra crispy.

Note: I *would* brave the mess if they’d finally bring back Chicken Littles — the best fast food item ever invented. You can sign the petition here.

37 comments on “The Least Appetizing KFC in the World”. Leave your own?
  1. Tom Watson says:

    Ha! Man, that Chicken Littles commercial made me miss those quality 80’s commercials. Oh wait, no…

  2. LM says:

    And the working guy has a Ninja bodyguard!

  3. Phil Scott says:

    The last time I checked, the KFC in Carrollton, KY still has them. It’s in the middle of nowhere, kinda like an oasis of delicious little sandwiches. I had a bunch of friends in the Dayton and Cinci areas and I’d always stop in and buy 20 or so.

    I asked the manager why they still carried them and he said that they were pretty popular and never thought to remove them off the menu. I asked another manager at one of the KFCs here in Louisville, and apparently the stores can decide what they carry, and most KFC do not carry them due to the amount of labor and time required to make them due to each sandwich being individually wrapped and most orders being 10+

    And yes, I am slightly horrified at the amount that I know about chicken littles. I am more horrified at the fact that I’m tempted to drive 40 miles to see if that place still has them…

  4. Mike D. says:

    Phil: Dude. No way. I would probably drive 100 miles (just once though) to taste the glory that was the Chicken Little. So weird they still carry them after 15+ years of being off the national menu. Kind of reminds me of my friend in St. Croix who reported that St. Croix McDonald’s still carries the equally glorious McDLT.

  5. Jason Beaird says:

    Chicken? From McDonald’s? Don’t you people have Chick-Fil-A? Oh, that’s right. You don’t. Guess I’ll never live in WA.

  6. Jason Beaird says:

    Yes. I’m retarded. Please completely disregard that comment.

  7. Derek says:

    The last few times I drove by that KFC I assumed it was closed. There has to be some type of health code violation staying open while the entire building is under construction.

  8. Mike says:

    I feel exactly the same way about the Mexican Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s. If they ever bring it back I’ll probably break my bank account trying to eat them all before they disappear from my life again.

  9. Dave says:

    My wife (who’s from from Ireland) while watching a KFC commercial noted that the “KFC bowl” looked like a “dog’s dinner”… which is funny anyway, but with an Irish accent, even funnier. Needless to say we’ve not been frequenting our local KFC since that epiphany.

  10. Brade says:

    Chicken Littles were the ultimate. Didn’t they sell 6-packs of those or something for dirt cheap?

    We do have the KFC snackers now, which are a step in the right direction, but I usually just rock Zaxby’s for chicken… What, you don’t have Zaxby’s out west??? Oh my….

  11. Tim says:

    I’m not entirely sure what they’re doing to it. Today it looks like they’re adding on another floor cause they were putting up exterior walls on the top.

    Multi-level Tacobell/KFC? :)

  12. Mike D. says:

    LM: Nice, I missed the Kentucky Fried Ninja!

    Brade: Don’t *even* come up in here with that Snackers talk! They were billed as something akin to the Chicken Littles, but they *so* aren’t. It is an oblong, amorphously shaped chicken breast on a sesame seed bun with lettuce. The Chicken Little was a little piece of heaven… with a dollop of mayo.

    Tim: You just lowered the mental property value of my condo by 20%.

  13. Max says:

    I haven’t eaten at KFC since I left Seattle in ’02, and it was actually at the one in your photo (bottom of Queen Anne right?). Good call on the Chicken Littles. The next best option is Chic-fil-a.

  14. Christian says:

    No offense Mike, but while that may be sketchy for a KFC, I have seen *vastly* sketchier fast food chicken restaurants. I think most cities have a seedy street, along which there are questionable restaurants. Do I need to provide photographic proof?

  15. David Robarts says:

    Is the construction throughout the building, or just a major exterior facelift?

  16. Mike D. says:

    Max: Yep, that’s the one.

    David: I don’t know. I’m too scared to pass the ninja.

  17. John says:

    I can’t believe that they stay in business at all. Their food is so gross. On top of that, they offer no healthy options which discourages people from going there.

  18. Calichef says:

    @John: I hate to break it to you, but as a former chef I can attest that the reason restaurants don’t offer more healthy choices is that people don’t want them– even though they say they do when we ask. We develop the recipes, buy the stock and put the healthy stuff on the menu, and it sits in the walk-in until we have to throw it out. (And I worked fine dining.) Yes, we may sell a few, but we have to balance the few with the wants of the many. Restaurant menus are about as democratic as it gets. For sure, nobody is looking for healthy food when they pull in to the KFC.

    I know this sounds wrong, and I didn’t believe it, either. Then I worked at a private club where the members decided what was available, food costs be damned. Guess what? They still wanted to eat salmon swimming in beurre blanc (butter sauce,) prime rib, salt-roasted potatoes with butter and sour cream and creme brulee for dessert.

    I am unsure if it is a familiarity thing or what, but that’s how it is.

    The three restaurant food groups are fat, salt and sugar.

  19. RSL says:

    Not that they have Krystals out in Washington prolly but that Chicken Little action looks a lot like a Krystal Chik.

  20. I am unable to eat at a KFC anymore after the stories I heard from a family member that used to deliver food to them. I just can’t get the filth and roaches images out of my head. I do realize it may of just been the one’s here in the Midwest; but I still would have to be really hungry to settle for KFC.

  21. Sam McDonald says:


    I too live in Louisville. If I ever need to go to Cincinnati, I’ll make sure I pick one of these things up. I am pretty sure that commercial was made before I was born.

  22. Adrian says:

    That’s nothing. You should see the ghetto Taco Bell near my house…I don’t think they ever get my order right. But for those damned Empanadas I would cease visiting.

  23. kevin says:

    Phil, where in Carrollton? I’m in Cincinnati, and despite how busy i am this weekend, I’m just crazy enough to drive that hour to find out.

  24. Best KFC in the world? Bali, hands down.

  25. Matt says:

    dude, don’t eat that junk, srsly.

  26. Phil Scott says:

    By popular demand, here are the directions to the infamous KFC with the chicken littles:

    One warning: I haven’t been there recently, so I’d recommend calling them prior to making a road trip. But the last time I was there they had a buffet AND a smoking room. This was one old school KFC, so I think they play by their own rules.

    It also warrants that this KFC is only 30 minutes from Big Bone Lick State Park.

  27. Mike D. says:

    Phil: Wow, the ultimate outlier KFC. I like how Google Maps doesn’t even have an overhead shot of the place. It’s like it’s completely off the grid. If someone can produce a Chicken Littles wrapper from that place, I might pay money for it.

  28. Brade says:

    “It also warrants that this KFC is only 30 minutes from Big Bone Lick State Park.”

    Umm, just what kind of “state park” is that, anyway? …

  29. kevin says:

    Google says it’s 1 hour and 1 minute from my place. I’m so going.

  30. Julian says:

    I’ve been past this one and it’s pretty bad. However, I would have to say that the worst KFC I’ve been to was in Dominica. The dirtiest and busiest fast food place you can imagine. I had just grabbed a freshly cut coconut from a guy chopping away in the back of a pickup and went in to take a picture of the line that stretched out the door. Ah, the humid air, thick with grease and the faint smell of urine from stray dogs and people.

  31. LAYLAH says:

    omg….yall dont even know…I called KFC headquarters about bringing back chicken littles like 6 years ago. that was the best food ever I used to buy them on my way home from school.maybe we should start a world wide boycot until they bring them back…I wonder if they would taste the same because there food super sucks now… it just doesn’t taste like it used to

  32. Greg P says:

    Didn’t Chicken Littles cost like 10 cents each back in the day?

    I’m with you though on bringing them back. Buying McChickens on the dollar menu just doesn’t cut it, thats why I drown em in Hot Sauce…mmmm.

    Chick-Fil-A though, now that’s a chicken sandwich.

    Mexican Quarter Pounder? Guess the Midwest franchises never had those, never heard of it – sounds good though.

    How about that McDonalds Lobster Sandwich? We didn’t get those in the Midwest either. Never tried it, but not sure if I would have either.

  33. Greg P says:

    Turn the tables on KFC, just make a giant picture of a Chicken Little that you can see from space.

  34. Phil Scott says:

    Not sure if you’ll see this Mike, but I just went up to Cincinnati to buy some hockey skates so I stopped in the Carrolton KFC. Sure enough, Chicken Littles are still on the menu. I ordered 8 which came to $5 even with tax. In the time it took for them to make my 8 chicken littles they were able to ring up and give the food to four other people, so I can see why so few KFCs actually carry them.

    Best $5 I spent all year.

  35. Mike D. says:

    Wow, Phil. That is spectacular. I am so jealous over here. Makes me want to produce some sort of Web 2.0 App which pinpoints the locations of all Chicken-Littles-serving KFCs in the world.

  36. d$ says:

    the kfc is being completely remodeled last i held my breath and checked. But what could be going in it’s place? Per chance a space age taco time ala wallingford?

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