If you were to take the standard fast food chicken concept, make sure you use farm raised, natural, free-range birds, offer them deep fried or slow roasted, and add in a vegetarian chicken-like product called Gardein, you would have something like the Funky Chicken.
The Funky Chicken offers most of the standard chicken dishes, including quarter and half chicken dinners, chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, and a variety of sides, salads and deserts, The interesting aspect about the fried chicken option is that the pieces are dredged in a mix of tapioca flour, rice flour, and corn flour, along with a spice blend, and then deep fried in canola oil. There is a dry dredge that works beautifully. The fried chickens are crisp and crunchy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.
The interesting thing about the mac and cheese size is that instead of bread crumps, the dish was topped off with crumbled saltine crackers.
The soft drinks that come with the meals are provided by a company called Maine Root and are made with pure cane sugar, not fructose corn syrup. They include root beer, lemonade, line-lemon drink, orange drink, and a drink that is described as “like Dr. Pepper.”
The service was fast and very friendly.
The Funky Chicken is the brain child of a Los Vegas chef named Bradley Ogden, opening late in 2013.
The main take away is that the Funky Chicken is a little more upscale than KFC or Churches and it shows not only in the quality of the food and the service, but also in the price, which is a little more than what you have to pay at the other two places. I recommend it as a great place to get a bite when time is short or to pick something up to go on the way home.