Long Beach Restaurant ‘Proudly’ sells Popeyes Chicken for $13

Long Beach’s much-loved brunch spot, “Sweet Dixie Kitchen” is facing scrutiny after sugar coating the truth about their chicken tenders.

According to Eater LA, Sweet Dixie’s menu offers many varieties of fried chicken, but not once does it mention that the chicken served are straight up Popeyes chicken tenders.

The restaurant got caught red-handed when a customer allegedly saw an employee carrying Popeye’s chicken boxes back into the kitchen. A Sweet Dixie employee confirmed that they source the chicken for their chicken and waffles dish, which is sold for $12.95.

The customer, “Tyler H,” then took to Yelp to slam the restaurant.

“Before my friends and I got seated [at the restaurant] we saw them quickly bring in two large boxes of Popeyes to the kitchen.”

Tyler H. ordered fried chicken and waffles that he said tasted “suspiciously like Popeyes.”

“I kindly asked our waiter how they cooked their fried chicken. After checking he admitted that they do in fact use Popeyes,” Tyler H. continued in his review. “The manager compensated us for the entire meal.”

Restaurant owner Kimberly Sanchez responded directly to the Yelp review and continued to explain further on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Sanchez says she is “proud” that they service Popeye’s chicken:

“On our menu- roughly 95% is house made- starting with a potato lets say- which we cut, season and cook- and make potato salad. We make quiche- as in crack each egg and measure spices and cream, and I put it in a pie crust that was made elsewhere (isn't made here) We use the best product I can buy to make the items on the menu- some of them again, come from other companies, vendors, establishments just like any other place you eat at. Because that's how the chicken works too. We use a ready-made chicken - and always have - even before we decided to go with a certain chain as opposed to a food distributor brand fried chicken.”

According to ABC News, Sanchez is not apologizing for using Popeyes chicken. Sanchez claims she's reached out to Popeye's for their official approval to add them to the menu but hasn't heard back.

"I'm in tears at my house, like inconsolable," Sanchez said. "We didn't do anything wrong. I did something I thought was the best product I could bring in. You don't want to eat it, don't eat it."

Sweet Dixie Kitchen’s mantra is to “stay local, be happy and always, eat well”.

Using their local Popeyes chicken in their dishes without disclosure may have been the wrong idea.

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