Over the years, it’s been Brown’s Wing World, Kandy’s Soul Food and most recently Just Simply Shonda on top of the many restaurants before that. The latest iteration is Chicken Chicken which is the first new restaurant to open in Wichita in 2021. Owners did a fantastic job of sprucing up the building to give it some life and color along with adding in a drive-thru.
2419 E 13th St., Wichita, KS 67214
Open Daily: 10:30am – 11pm
Like many restaurants before it, the menu consisted of burgers and fried items like nuggets, fries, fish, wings and shrimp. And like many of its predecessors, everything was very affordable. There wasn’t a single item on the menu over $7.50. A big positive for them was also the usage of an actual menu. Before, many of the restaurants wrote their menus on the window or had a piece of paper. Chicken Chicken joined the modern day revolution and had a full menu with pictures created…. kudos to them.
Over lunchtime, I pulled up to the drive-thru and placed an order for their 7pc hot wings and 10pc crispy shrimp. It took maybe 10-15 minutes for my order to be prepared.
The wings were very reminiscent of the Tyson brand wings you find at the grocery store. From the size and the flavor, it was almost like an exact match. That can be a positive or negative depending on who you are. We actually keep a bag of them at home to have around when we are in a pinch. It’s not bad but at the same time, it wasn’t great that it’d make me want to go out of my way for again. The fries were decent but could have used a little seasoning or salt on them.
The 10pc of fried shrimp had some potential. For starters, they were big thick pieces which was a big plus. They were advertised as crispy shrimp and there was no shortage of crispiness going on. The shrimp felt like they were fried just a little too long. The outer edges were tough on half of the pieces. Other pieces felt like it was chewing Nerds candy. But for the few pieces that weren’t too crispy, they were excellent. It was just a matter of finding the right pieces to eat. In the end, I ate them all because I didn’t want it to go to waste but there was lots of breading pulled off simply because of how tough it was.
History hasn’t been kind to any restaurant at 2419 E. 13th St. N. I’m not sure what the future holds for Chicken Chicken. Perhaps it can catch on. The restaurant next door, Berneal’s Carryout, has been there for a while offering cheap burgers, so maybe Chicken Chicken can make it as well. Give it a try some time if you’re up for something new and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Here’s the menu.
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