Ligaya Figueras and Yvonne Zusel, AJC's Dining Team, tries the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich in the latest edition of the Instagram Taste Test. The dining team also tries Chick-fil-A and Wendy's chicken sandwiches. Produced by Bria Felicien.
Photo: Ryon Horne
Photo: Ryon Horne

We (finally) got our hands on a Popeyes chicken sandwich -- did it live up to the hype? 

What’s crispy, comes on a bun, takes serious dedication to track down and is all anyone can talk about right now? 

If you answered Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich, then two clucks for you. 

The chain unveiled its chicken sandwich earlier this month, and lines at individual Popeyes locations have wrapped around the block since, with no signs of letting up. 

And it’s been getting personal of late -- Miami-based Popeyes and Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A have been throwing (good-natured) mud on Twitter, with fast-food competitors Wendy’s, Shake Shack and Bojangles, which all have their own chicken sandwiches, getting in on the beef.

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Photo: Ryon Horne

We visited two metro Atlanta locations and waited in line for more than 45 minutes to get our hands on a couple of Popeyes sammies.

So, was it worth the wait? Check out the video above to find out what we thought. 

If you’re looking to try the sandwich yourself (available in both classic and spicy varieties), some tips:

--Call ahead. Locations have been selling out quickly, and some start the day knowing they’re not going to be able to sell any sandwiches. If you can get through to someone at the restaurant, they should be able to tell you about what time they expect to sell out. 

--Clear your schedule. Whether you’re sitting in the drive-thru or venture out of your car and into the restaurant, you should expect to wait at least 20 minutes (and very possibly longer) for your order.

--Don’t have your heart set on a certain number of sandwiches. Some locations are allowing customers to order as many sandwiches as they want, while others are limiting each customer to two.

--Don’t get fancy with your order. If at all possible, don’t ask for substitutions or changes. You will get the stare of death from your fellow customers and risk incurring the wrath of Popeyes employees if you don’t take the sandwich as-is -- with pickles, slathered in mayo and served on a brioche bun.

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