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  Kentucky Fried Chicken Mannheim

Möhlstraße 3 68165 Mannheim

What’s KFC’s motto here in Germany?  No, not ‘finger lickin’ good.’  It’s not ‘We do chicken right.’  But rather, ‘Republic of Fresh.’  An odd name, indeed, but KFC does live up to this name – the chicken is definitely served fresh, warm, and crisp!

My monthly excursion to American fast food joints in Germany continues to the city of Mannheim, where the nearest KFC can be found.  Located near the Mannheim planetarium, this branch is quite large, equipped with a drive thru and a poor looking, but decent, kids area outside.  The long journey out to the sole Kentucky Fried Chicken in the area is, however, definitely worth it!

 

Inside, the KFC in Mannheim is surprisingly modern (as is the case with many other American fast food restaurant chains in Germany!).  The atmosphere and environment is on par with casual restaurants in the States.  There’s even a flat screen television hanging on the wall, playing classic American popular music videos.  Of course, being a fast food restaurant, there is an ordering counter with a large menu board, albeit the menu is extremely difficult to read due to the small printing.  Even people with glasses might have a tough time reading off the board.  Who thought it was a good idea to use such tiny letters, anyways?

 

In Germany, it appears that the chicken sandwiches and wraps are a fairly new phenomenon as many of them are featured and advertised on the board.  Aside from those items, you have your selection of chicken (original recipe or spicy), hot wings, chicken strips, salads, and sides.  There are no honey BBQ wings here – only regular hot wings.  The list of sauces doesn’t even include BBQ, just ketchup, mayonnaise, gravy, and salad dressing.

 

Unfortunately, the assortment of side dishes is especially limited.  Looking for macaroni and cheese?  Baked beans?  If so, you will be deeply disappointed.  German KFC restaurants only have mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, corn on the cob, and French fries (also chili cheese fries).  That’s it.  Oh and there are no biscuits too!  It’s like half of the items you would typically find at an American Kentucky Fried Chicken didn’t make it across the Atlantic.  For dessert, they don’t offer chocolate chip cakes, strawberry shortcake parfaits, or apple turnovers.  No.  Surprisingly, the KFC chains in Germany have donuts and muffins.  More about this later!  One bright spot about KFC, though, is the availability of free refills for drinks – something missing at other fast food chains, like McDonald’s, here in Germany.

Compared to the chicken at KFC in the United States, the buckets can get quite expensive.  Fortunately, if you plan correctly, you can find coupons on the company website and print them out beforehand.  The chicken here is quite similar in taste and texture to that in America.  The secret original recipe seasonings penetrate the skin and meat extremely well.  Of course, the skin is crisp and mouthwatering.  Definitely brings back memories of home.  The hot wings are also crunchy on the outside, juicy and tasty on the inside.  There is also a slight hint of spiciness in each wing, exactly the way it should be.  Sadly, the mashed potatoes aren’t on the same level as the stuff people are accustomed to back home.  They are creamier and puréed, but just taste different.  The potatoes are yellow instead of the white spuds often used in the States.  Gravy is just gravy.

 

For dessert, a donut or a muffin costs a whopping 1,50 Euros.  Although the chocolate muffin is sweet and delectable (cake like texture, with a peanut butter filling in the middle), the cost is difficult to swallow.

Overall, the most important item on the menu at KFC – the chicken – is done very well and is comparable in quality, taste, and texture to what an American is looking for.  However, the limited selection of side orders and the costs are two factors that are difficult to ignore.  While there are some surprises (the donuts and muffins being the main ones), it’s hard to make up for the lack of items.

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Summary:

Kentucky Fried Chicken is an American fast food restaurant chain primarily selling chicken and southern style side dishes.  A tad on the expensive side.

Overall – 4 stars

  • Original Recipe Fried Chicken – 4.5/5
  • Hot Wings – 5/5
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy – 3/5
  • Chocolate Muffin – 4/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.kfc.de/

Written by geschmack

February 11th, 2010 at 6:05 pm