Chick-Fil-A has to be the most popular fast-food joint in San Angelo. Most days they need a traffic cop just to navigate everyone into the drive-thru lane. I mean some people actually have panic attacks because they're closed on Sundays.

If we had several more Chick-Fil-A locations, I still think they would be full.

Starting on February 13th, in three markets, Chick-Fil-A is going to test a new sandwich. Here's a news flash--it doesn't have any chicken in it. They are releasing this sandwich with such fanfare, there is no doubt this sandwich will be on Chick-fil-A menus nationwide soon.

Photo: Chick-Fil-A
Photo: Chick-Fil-A

Here it is, a cauliflower sandwich.  Look at it. I mean you can't tell by looking that it's not chicken. In an interview with chef Stuart Tracy, the Chick-Fil-a master who developed this culinary delight, the motivation for developing this sandwich was that so many customers said they wanted more veggies in their diet.

Tracy says they tried making a sandwich out of a lot of veggies, including mushrooms, chickpeas, and other chopped vegetables but kept coming back to cauliflower.

How does this new sandwich taste? A group of reporters from Southern Living magazine tried the new cauli-fil-a at Chick-fil-a's test kitchen in Atlanta. Here's how reporter Kimberly Holland described it

I found the patty incredibly juicy and actually more tender than the classic chicken filet. The buffalo marinade is quite mild, adding a hint of vinegar to each bite, but very little burn, and serving mainly to blunt the "green" flavor of cauliflower that it always develops when cooked. Truth be told, if you didn't know what the patty was, odds are you wouldn't guess. And you're absolutely still going to want to slather on your favorite sauces.

Read The Southern Living Story Here

I have a lot of questions. Number one why aren't we one of the test locations? Cmon, Chick-fil-A you can't say San Angelo hasn't been good to you. If only I didn't have to drive to Dallas to get a decent price on a flight, I would definitely go to Denver, Colorado Charleston, South Carolina, or Greensboro, North Carolina to try this out.

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Come to think of it, Denver is only 11 hours and 11 minutes from San Angelo. Does anyone want to split the gas? If we leave now, we will get there, Sunday. Oh, wait never mind.

All my other questions revolve around a certain after-effect of eating cauliflower. It is a known scientific fact that cauliflower contains a complex sugar called raffinose. Ironic that nose is right in the name of this sugar.  Let's face it cauliflower gives you the toots. Eat This, Not That describes it as gastrointestinal discomfort.

In none of the stories about this new sandwich, no one from Chick-fil-A addressed this issue. In fact, I think they're a little touchy about it. Let's put it this way, I don't recommend calling a busy Chick-fil-a restaurant and asking that question, not that I would ever do that.


Fortunately, science says that cooking cauliflower does help. Let's hope so. The last thing any of us need while waiting in the checkout line at H-E-B is for the person in front of us to have recently had a cauliflower sandwich from Chick-fil-A.

Photo by Kobby Mendez on Unsplash
Photo by Kobby Mendez on Unsplash

Maybe they should offer Gas-X tablets like some rib restaurants pass out moist towelettes. Just in case, hold on to your covid masks.  You might need them again real soon.

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