Farewell, Al Copeland

I was sad to read this evening that Al Copeland, the founder of Popeyes Fried Chicken, had passed away. I love Popeyes chicken, and the red beans and rice are known far and wide — even in Copeland’s home town of New Orleans — as the best around. And the biscuits? Amazing.

Popeyes was often a big treat for my family on our return trip from visiting extended family in Indiana for Thanksgiving. My dad, my brother and I would stop by the Popeyes in Columbia, Mo., for an early dinner to help break up the monotonous 10 1/2-hour drive from Indiana to Kansas. Even after nearly a week of my grandmother’s famous homemade chicken and noodles, apple dumplings and Thanksgiving dinner, Popeyes was always a sight for bored eyes.

As a special treat, my dad would pick up a quart of red beans and rice and a bag of biscuits to go. We would eat on them for lunch and midnight snacks for days. They were even good cold.

So thanks for the memories, Al Copeland. Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying every bite of your artery-clogging spicy chicken and red beans and rice. Yum.

~ by amarvin on Sunday, March 23, 2008.

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