A few months ago a friend of mine had chicken salad at her sister-in-law's birthday party and has been raving about it since. She's been wanting to find the restaurant. So we made a little trip down to Auburn for a couple of errands and decided to try it out. Thanks to the amazing inventions of the Blackberry and GPS we found it.
Oh. My. Heavens. I seriously have to get back down there soon. Really soon.
The restaurant is called The Chicken Salad Chick and is in Auburn, Alabama. Twelve different types of chicken salad. I had the Bacon Ada on a croissant with a cup of the loaded potato soup. I'll have to go on Thursdays from now on since that's the day they make the potato soup. Potato soup is about the only type of soup I like.
Now here's why I think The Chicken Salad Chick is so extraordinary Alabama. Not only do they serve 12 different kinds of chicken salad, but their story is inspiring.
On a quest to find the perfect chicken salad recipe Stacy Evans realized that everyone's idea of the "perfect" one was different. And from there it evolved. She began tweaking her original recipe at home and friends and neighbors were her taste testers. Then neighbors and teachers started buying it.
Just after forming a partnership with Kevin Brown with plans to turn it into a restaurant, Evans received a phone call from the county health department. She never realized that selling food from her kitchen was illegal. So she halted the cooking even though her customers were outraged that someone had called her in. You can read a post from one customer here. Thankfully everything went into high gear and the restaurant opened in January of 2008.
So if you're ever in Auburn or Opelika stop by and try it out. Think I need to make a little trip down there myself. Next time I'm trying the Sassy Scotty chicken salad, a zesty blend of ranch, bacon and cheddar cheese. I can't believe I just found out about this place. Maybe I should go today.