Chick-fil-A fans can always count on the restaurant chain to deliver chicken, chicken and more chicken. Between its lineup of sandwiches, salads, and nuggets, Chick-fil-A menu items that don’t feature fried or grilled chicken are rare. It’s no surprise, then, that Chick-fil-A’s announcement of its first-ever vegetarian sandwich this week, which replaces the traditional chicken with cauliflower, is dividing customers.
While some bliss Chick-fil-A on social media for coming up with the new veggie item, others were completely outraged that the chain was selling a sandwich that strayed from its roots, both culinary and ideological. In the comments section under an article about the cauliflower sandwich that Chick-fil-A retweetedsome Twitter users have accused the company of becoming too “woke”. They even vowed to stop eating at Chick-fil-A, which is known to be guided by Christian values and has been the subject of controversy over past donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations. All because of the cauliflower.
“Not a penny more spent on your waking diary”, @MomOTMountain tweeted.
Chick-fil-A disabled comments under a Twitter post last week announcing the sandwich after also receiving a flurry of angry reactions, Gizmodo reported.
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The brand began testing the controversial cauliflower sandwich in select stores in Colorado, South Carolina and North Carolina on February 13. Besides the fact that it replaces the chicken with a piece of cauliflower, it is prepared very similarly to the chain. chicken sandwiches. The cauliflower is marinated, breaded in the brand’s signature seasoning, pressure cooked and served on a toasted bun with two pickle chips.
Chick-fil-A is not the first restaurant in the chain to be criticized for adding a plant-based element to its menu. When Cracker Barrel launched a meatless sausage patty last year, it also faced an outpouring of backlash for what some customers described as a “woke” decision.
Other reviews of the cauliflower sandwich were more focused on whether it could live up to its poultry counterpart.
Although Chick-fil-A markets the sandwich as “cutting edge”, it does not consider it vegetarian due to its cooking environment. This sparked further confusion and anger from customers who wondered why Chick-fil-A would develop a vegetarian sandwich without making it completely vegetarian.
“I wonder what was the point of a cauliflower sandwich other than being a vegetarian option, or low calorie? [It’s] always breaded and fried,” Reddit user u/Zealousideal-List779 wrote.
Zoe Strozewski is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That! A Chicago native who now lives in New Jersey, she graduated from Kean University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Learn more about Zoe
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