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A few weeks ago, I was invited for a Taste testing at Chicken Salad Chick. Chicken Salad Chick is a casual dining restaurant that recently opened a 2nd location.  A healthier option to fast food dining.

I won’t go into the backstory of Chicken Salad Chick. Visit my blog post on the opening of the first location for more on information on the backstory Chicken Salad Chick.

The new location is in the Whole Foods Shopping Center.  A great location. One of the things that I loved and noticed immediately when I drove up was the outdoor space. The patio area was a big plus in my eyes.

The restaurant is bright with the classic look of a Chicken Salad Chick.  Vibrant colors with very intricate details.  The new location was a little smaller than the Oil Center location.

One of the managers greeted me and began talking to me about some of the new menu items.  He suggested a few things for the taste testing.

I seated myself and setup for the taste testing.  The food began coming to the table one by one.

The first plate to arrive was the Gourmet Chick.  The Gourmet Chick included a scoop of chicken salad and two sides.

The chicken salad was called the Kicking Kay Lynne, which was a combination of buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon shredded cheddar cheese and jalapeno. The chicken salad had a powerful flavor and was spicy.  By far my favorite chicken salad at Chicken Salad Chick.

My sides were the broccoli salad and grape salad. The broccoli salad included fresh broccoli florets tossed in a sweet vinegar dressing with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese, topped with bacon. Very good.

The grape salad was red and white seedless grapes covered in a sweet cream cheese mixture, topped with brown sugar and pecans.  A yummy side or a better option for dessert.  Always one of my favorites.  The pecans and brown sugar add a nice touch to the grape salad. I love this side.

Next I tried the Chicken tortilla soup. The soup was flavorful with your typical ingredients. Chicken, corn, black beans, crunchy tortilla strips and cheese. The soup was served with a slice of toast bread. A nice twist instead of your crackers.

Chicken Salad Chick also serves seasonal salads. I tried the Seasonal salad, which included baby spinach, dried cranberries, fuji apples, bacon, feta cheese and pecans with a homemade poppyseed dressing. Superb!! The vinaigrette was really good. Similar to an Italian dressing but with a tangy, sweet balance. So good.

Next was the trio which included your choice of three chicken salads or side items, served on a bed of lettuce. With pickle spears and wheat crackers.

My choices were the Pimento cheese, Cranberry Kelli and Jazzy Julie. The pimento cheese was a blend of freshly grated sharp and pepper jack cheeses combined with a little of their creamy house dressing.

The pimento cheese was good but a little thick for a cracker. I preferred the Pimento cheese on the toasted bread.

The Cranberry Kelli was a mixture of dried, sweetened cranberries and slivered almonds.  A nice choice for the seasonal chicken salad.

Jazzy Julie is one of my other favorites. A spicy mixture of cayenne pepper, bacon and cheddar cheese.  I love the spice level!  A fantastic choice.

For dessert, I tried the pumpkin cheesecake. OH MY! The cheesecake was so good. I ate the whole slice. It was that good, I couldn’t stop!

A new addition, were the fresh buttercream frosted cookies.  A cute flower cookie, similar to a sugar cookie.

Overall, everything I tried was really good. I love that Chicken Salad Chick offers a healthier option to the typical fast food choices.  The service was impeccable.  My experience at the new location was stellar.  Thad Hoffpauir and his staff took really good care of me.

The new location looks similar to the Oil Center location.  But a few things that I like at the new location was the nice, wide open outdoor space and also the drive thru window.

Chicken Salad Chick is also available on Waitr.  So you can order your favorite Chicken Salad Chick right from your home and have your food delivered right to you.

In addition, there is a Quick Chick section that is available if you are in a hurry. The food is already packaged and ready to go. Pick up, pay and go.

Chicken Salad Chick also offers a Catering Menu. Items including Chicken Salad, Croissants, Deli Sandwiches, Side Salads, Desserts Soups, Fruit Trays, and much more. Please allow at least 24 hours for Catering items.

The new Chicken Salad Chick is located at 101 Saloom Farm Road, Suite 101, Lafayette, LA 70508. The Hours of Operation are Monday – Saturday  10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

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