Popeyes began life as Popeyes Mighty Good Fried Chicken in the suburbs of New Orleans in 1972. Though the restaurant was originally named after The French Connection lead Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, the chain would later go on to acquire the right to use the likeness of Popeye the Sailor in their advertisements for a time, though they stopped doing this in 2006.
The company was founded by restaurateur Al Copeland, who would branch out from fast food into finer dining. The original restaurant was a huge success and was already franchising by 1976. Franchising has continued to be the primary model for expansion of new Popeyes restaurants. Out of the 2000 Popeyes locations worldwide, only 30 are owned directly by the company. Copeland has since sold the business to America’s Favorite Chicken Company, but his company Diversified Foods & Seasonings remains the primary supplier of recipes, seasonings and preparation techniques to the chain.
The seemingly incorrect use of punctuation in the company name is actually intentional. Al Copeland has famously claimed that he was “too poor to be able to afford an apostrophe” when registering the original name of the business.
Popeye’s menu stands out from other fried chicken chains in their focus on using spicy seasonings. This culinary technique dates back to the roots of the restaurant, when it began offering spicier chicken in order to stand out from a glut of similar fried chicken restaurants in New Orleans at the time.
The company menu has retained a consistent commitment to Southern-style soul and comfort food, doing little over its history to experiment with other offerings. Fried chicken and biscuit combinations with Southern sides such as red beans and rice, cole slaw, Cajun seasoned fries and green beans with bits of turkey bacon are the centerpiece of the menu. The chain has also been prominent in advertising fried fish and shrimp offerings as of late, however, often seasoning them with a Cajun blend of spices in a similar style to the chicken. In keeping with the Southern style the restaurant offers lemonade and sweet tea in addition to the usual range of fountain sodas.
Popeyes locations have a consistent red-and-yellow color scheme, and they are increasingly easy to find as the company has been steadily expanding both inside and outside the United States over the past decade. Along with that expansion has come a national series of commercials featuring Annie the Chicken Queen, a character who represents herself as the owner of the chain. Many locations also offer a special promotion on Tuesdays, such as a two-piece combo and a biscuit for a discounted price.
The mainstay of the franchise, Popeye’s chicken, has a special zing of Louisiana spices. This Cajun twist has made the Southern fried fare extremely popular. Popeye’s menu also includes seafood (shrimp, fish), sandwiches, wraps and yummy southern-oriented sides. Popeye’s food menu does include items that will appeal to younger taste buds (kids), seasonal favorites are always on offer, and great combination platters allow the diner to try a little bit of everything, While Popeye’s menu prices might suggest a lower quality product, this is certainly not the case. Consumers will be delighted with the robust, flavorful and better-than-finger-lickin’-good taste.
Popeye’s Menu Prices
|Popeyes Chicken Combos Prices|
|Bonafide® Chicken – Dinner||3 Pc.||$6,09|
|Bonafide® Chicken – Combo||3 Pc.||$7,59|
|Bonafide® Chicken – Dinner||4 Pc.||$7,09|
|Bonafide® Chicken – Combo||4 Pc.||$8,59|
|Bonafide® Chicken – Dinner||2 Pc.||$5,09|
|Bonafide® Chicken – Combo||2 Pc.||$6,59|
|Bonafide® Chicken Mixed (4 Biscuits & 2 Large Sides)||10 Pc.||$21,09|
|Wings – Dinner||3 Pc.||$6,09|
|Wings – Combo||3 Pc.||$7,59|
|Popeyes Tender Combos Prices|
|Tenders – Dinner||3 Pc.||$5,89|
|Tenders – Combo||3 Pc.||$7,39|
|Tenders – Dinner||5 Pc.||$7,39|
|Tenders – Combo||5 Pc.||$9,39|
|Chicken Po’ Boy – Dinner||$5,09|
|Chicken Po’ Boy – Combo||$6,59|
|Beer Can Chicken – Dinner||$4,09|
|Beer Can Chicken – Combo||$5,59|
|Popeyes Seafood Prices|
|Seafood Po’ Boy (Fish or Shrimp)||Dinner||$5,59|
|Seafood Po’ Boy (Fish or Shrimp)||Combo||$7,09|
|Fish & Popcorn Shrimp||Dinner||$6,59|
|Fish & Popcorn Shrimp||Combo||$8,09|
|1/4 lb Popcorn Shrimp||Dinner||$5,59|
|1/4 lb Popcorn Shrimp||Combo||$7,09|
|Popeyes Family Meals Prices|
|Chicken Meal (1 Large Side and 4 Biscuits)||8 Pc.||$17,09|
|Chicken Meal (2 Large Sides and 6 Biscuits)||12 Pc.||$27,09|
|Chicken Meal (3 Large Sides and 8 Biscuits)||16 Pc.||$35,09|
|Popeyes Signature Sides Prices|
|Red Beans & Rice||Regular||$1,89|
|Red Beans & Rice||Large||$4,09|
|Mashed Potatoes with Cajun Gravy||Regular||$1,89|
|Mashed Potatoes with Cajun Gravy||Large||$4,09|
|Popeyes Sandwiches & Wraps Prices|
|Loaded Chicken Wrap||$2,09|
|Loaded Chicken Wrap – Combo||$5,09|
|Chicken Po’Boy – Combo||$6,59|
|Shrimp Po’Boy – Combo||$6,89|
|Popeyes Drinks Prices||$0,10|
|Iced Tea||1/2 Gallon||$3,09|
|Iced Tea||1 Gallon||$5,09|
|Lemonade or Fruit Punch||1/2 Gallon||$3,09|
|Lemonade or Fruit Punch||1 Gallon||$5,09|
|Popeyes Kids Meals Menu Prices|
|Mild Tender||1 Pc.||$3,49|
|Mild Leg||1 Pc.||$3,49|
|Hot Cinnamon Apple Pie||$1,39|