With March Madness starting right now, I intend to be knee deep in buffalo sauce and nacho cheese before the weekend hits. And if KFC is right about mankind, we don't want to deal with any impediment to overeating, such as bones in our chicken.
Because I refuse to eat the "meaty" KFC boneless filet -- which the Impulsive Buy compares to "four McDonald's chicken nuggets fused together" -- I opted for a slightly safer option: the buffalo chicken sandwich. The two contestants in today's battle are a sub shop and a wing joint -- each represents one of the two places you're most likely to find an acceptable boneless chicken option.
Planet Sub has the Buffalo Chicken ($5.19 for six inches, $8.79 for 12 inches): the restaurant's signature chicken with spicy pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and buffalo sauce on toasted bread. Ranch or blue cheese is available on request.
This is a spicy, messy, perfectably acceptable sandwich. The cheese gets overwhelmed by the Tabasco and vinegar, but the fresh lettuce and tomatoes at least help with the illusion that this could be healthy. That is, until I add on a large dollop of Hidden Valley Blue Cheese dressing. The bread is toasty, the ingredients all taste right. This is not, however, a sandwich that is greater than the sum of its parts.