135th and Chicken

Louis Christifano
If you’re looking for good, cheap chicken, we’ve got you covered.
If you ever find yourself craving some delectable and relatively inexpensive chicken, a quick drive down 135th Street will provide you with several good options to choose from: Chick-fil-a, Raising Cane's, Slim Chicken's, and Zaxby's. All offer a similar type of chicken and fries meal, but each also offers their own unique taste. With all of them being close together, Kansas Citians are faced with a tough decision when choosing one of them for a meal.

Starting off with the most recognizable and well loved chicken hot spot, Chick-fil-a has earned its chicken powerhouse identity for its nationwide approval and presents itself as the most popular option out of the four. In 2018, Chick-fil-a was voted America’s top fast food restaurant. It’s consistently top notch customer service and renowned “Chick-fil-a sauce,” a mix of barbecue and honey mustard flavor, gives customers an option they know they can trust.

Just across the street from Chick-fil-a lies a growing competitor, Raising Cane’s. Cane’s has quickly gained a reputation for its combination of quality chicken fingers, fries, and Texas toast, resulting in the complete chicken finger meal. Cane’s also has its very own “Cane’s sauce”, a less sweet and more tangy mayonnaise-based sauce. Their sauce doesn't even come close to the timeless taste of Chick-fil-a's legendary sauce. While Raising Cane’s is not as popular in the Midwest as Chick-fil-a, it’s common to find customers who prefer Cane’s and would argue it’s still gaining notoriety.

If heading West on 135th, you’ll soon find yourself driving up on Slim Chicken’s. Slim Chicken’s notably has chicken and waffles on the menu, unlike any of the other local chicken restaurants. While the meal has been ostracized by some, it has generally resonated well with customers. Slim Chicken’s also has the widest variety of sauces including their own “Slim’s sauce,” a more mild signature sauce. According to Class of 2018 graduate Rigley Nuss, sauce makes all the difference when eating chicken. Slim Chicken’s certainly has its fans and gives customers a trusted alternative to the other chicken restaurants.

Of all the chicken restaurants on 135th, Zaxby’s lies the furthest west. Being a far more common option in the South, Zaxby’s has only just begun to make its foray into the Midwest. Just like its three competitors, they also have their own special sauce, dubbed, “Zax Sauce,” which some have remarked tastes similar to Cane’s sauce. While Zaxby’s may fall off in the Texas toast and french fry department, its chicken more than makes up for it with its loads of flavor. Zaxby’s may not be loved by all, but it provides a tasty meal that entices customers to return for more.

All things considered, you can’t go wrong with any one of these four options and it’s good to give them all a try. They each have notable similarities but also enough to set them apart from one another, meaning you won't be disappointed if you stop for a meal at each from time to time.

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11511 State Line Road • Kansas City, MO 64114
P (816) 942-3255 • F (816) 942-3227