Though its finale aired a little over six years ago, Breaking Bad is back on the cultural radar in 2019. That’s thanks not only to the great-yet-underrated spinoff series Better Call Saul, but also new Netflix original movie El Camino, which wraps up some of the loose ends and answers the lingering questions fans had after the conclusion of the original AMC series. Yet a single lingering question remains: what does Los Pollos Hermanos’ chicken actually taste like?
Thankfully, we’ll have an answer to that one very soon as well. Starting Thursday, October 24th, Uber Eats and Sony will bring Gustavo Fring’s chicken chain to life for lucky Breaking Bad fans in certain pockets of the country. While used as a front for meth smuggling on the show, this takeout-only pop up brought to life with help from kitchen network Family Style Inc. will feature real, edible, legal food.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the menu includes delivery items like Pollos Tenders, Fring Fries and an ABQ Hot Chicken Sandwich, described as “a buttermilk battered fried chicken breast served on a buttered bun with dill pickle chips and a whole grain mustard spread,” served with a bit of “Slaw Goodman” on the side. No word about whether or not blue meth will be on the menu in some form or another.
In case you had any concerns about the authenticity of this Los Pollos Hermanos pop up, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan’s seal of approval should put you at ease. “For the longest time, I’ve harbored the idea of a real-life Los Pollos Hermanos where Breaking Bad fans could savor Gustavo Fring’s chicken,” Gilligan told the Hollywood Reporter. “Little did I realize this could be accomplished without building an actual brick-and-mortar restaurant.”
The food passes his test as well: “I’m relieved to report that the folks at Family Style got it right: Their chicken sandwich is big and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and it rests on one of the better brioche buns I’ve come across. It doesn’t skimp on the spices, either," Gilligan said, adding that “I think Gus would approve.”
For now, Los Angeles will be the home of Los Pollos Hermanos, but the operation will expand to San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, and possibly other cities in the months ahead. Uber Eats will help you get your chicken fix with free delivery for one week out of the month for at least the next six months.
So if you’re fiending for chicken, get it from a restaurant that knows a two about moving products around quickly and quietly. But if your Uber Eats driver is a menacing-looking bald guy with glasses, you may want to cancel your order.
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