Irony in Fast Food

I just want to point out something that’s been bothering me for over a year now, and I never got around to posting about it during the 2004 Holiday Season. KFC and Bojangles both offer ready-to-go, yummy, turkey family dinners. I know they’re both “yard birds” and all, but it just doesn’t seem right. Along those same lines, I pass both a Chinese take-out place and a Japanese “express” style place on my way back and forth to work each day. The Chinese place hung a sign several months back stating “now serving Japanese lunch specials” in front of the building.

Meanwhile, Chic-fil-a is in full-battle mode lobbying against eating less beef and “mor chikn” – this is what all food places should be doing! Arguing against their competition. I’m telling you, I wouldn’t go to KFC for a turkey anymore than I would go to the Chinese place for some Hibachi chicken. Nor would I go to the grocery store to get a pair of shoes. I guess, in the defense of KFC and Bojangles, they don’t have any competition offering fried (or otherwise) turkey. Their biggest competitior is that guy outside a stadium selling those giant turkey legs.

The Chinese food joint selling Japanese lunch specials is the one I have the biggest problem with. I’m not Chinese or Japanese, and I don’t claim to know anything about either of the cultures, but I would like to think as a Chinese businessman, I would have enough pride in my country and heritage to NOT serve Japanese food in my restaurant. Seriously, I know this is an extreme example, and surely there isn’t this much tension between China and Japan, but would expect to walk in to a Jewish-owned restaurant and order some sauerkraut or some other German-dish? Me thinks not…

Now that I’ve been ranting for 15 minutes on something so silly, I think I’ll go have lunch… Teriyaki shicken no muthrooms please!