I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m not a fan of fast-food. I make an exception for In-N-Out, because it’s not really fast food if they make it fresh to order without freezers and heat lamps. Little did I know Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers shares this practice. I always assumed Cane’s was like KFC. I was hesitant even after my husband insisted it wasn’t, and urged me to try it. After much reluctance, I finally did, and I liked it. That’s right, I like Raising Cane’s. Their fresh quality ingredients make all the difference.
Raising Cane’s prides itself on all white meat chicken that is never frozen, lightly breaded and fried to order. The first restaurant opened in an old building near the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was an instant success, which is rather ironic since the founder, Todd Graves, earned the lowest grade in class for his business plan when he was a student in college. His teacher told him a chicken finger restaurant would never work. Banks would later tell him the same. Tenaciously, he worked as a boilermaker in an oil refinery and fished commercially in dangerous Alaskan waters to raise seed money to fund his dream. After much hard work, and surely some blood, sweat, and tears, Graves’ passion became reality in 1996 when renovations were complete and Raising Cane’s opened its doors. Despite the naysayers, his vision was a great success and stores grew steadily. Today, there are more than 80 locations in 13 states.
The menu at Raising Cane’s is simple. They serve chicken fingers, their secret sauce, Texas toast, fries, and coleslaw. That’s it. Quality over quantity, it prevails every time. The most popular choice is The Box Combo ($7.34) it comes with 4 chicken fingers, fries, coleslaw, toast, Cane’s sauce and a regular drink. For heartier appetites, there is The Caniac Combo ($8.29). It has similar treats, but comes with 6 chicken fingers, two sauces and a large drink. The 3 Finger Combo ($5.39) caters to those with smaller appetites, this meal come with fries and toast. Raising Cane’s encourages substitutions: Coleslaw, fries or toast can be traded for one another or extra Cane’s sauce. Wash it all down with fresh squeezed lemonade or sweet tea. Also, if you’re serving a crowd, Tailgate Boxes are available in quantities of 25, 50, 75 and 100.
Every order of chicken fingers is freshly fried, they arrive piping hot and crispy. Each finger is crisp without being greasy and juicy on the inside. Their secret Cane’s sauce is the perfect accompaniment; I like the peppery-ness of it. The crinkle fries are crisp and light in the center just the way I like ’em. The Texas toast is light and airy, brushed with butter and garlic. Simple, but oh, so good!
With five area locations, a tasty chicken finger meal is never out of reach. Click here to find a location near you.