I used to visit KFC for a box of Chicken (original) when on the road. An 8 piece box used to last about 250 miles when I was moving along and didn’t need to stop every hour like I do now !! Nowadays, My choice for drive-thru chicken is Popeyes Spicy, with a side of their Mashed Potato and Gravy. Very good travelin’ food.
Like you, Sundancer, as a young man, I loved KFC and, McDonald’s. I travelled a lot for business and those two were my favorite meals on the road.
And, like you, older now, I can’t eat that way anymore. But, sure was great food back then!
Has anyone been to this location recently?
I had a totally different experience last year at the orginal Corbin, KY KFC than pisbee. While the quality at KFC can vary greatly, I realize, the Corbin location seemed exceptional. There was no waitress as pisbee mentioned above; you go straight to the counter, like at a McDonald’s, and order your meal. The food is very fresh, kept in their very modern looking equipment and given to you on a tray for you to carry to an open table in the restaurant. The staff was very polite and upbeat and I have a very favorable impression of the place. While the quality of the fried chicken at some KFC restaurants can often times leave alot to be desired, I thought that this was one of the better ones. I, for one, would recommend trying it if "passing through" the area.
My wife and I stopped at Corbin KY to experience "The First KFC" and were so disapointed I can’t tell you.
The waitress we had was surly and unbelievably rude and to top it all off…the chicken had been held so long it had solidified grease on the bottom where it had been sitting…yuk.
The Colonel must be turning over in his grave.
Save yourself the hassle and buy a Swanson Fried Chicken TV Dinner…it’s about the same quality and serving temperature…frozen!
I actually am a descendant of pete harman, who was kind of the brains and businessman behind the starting of the franchise, or so I have been led to believe. http://www.kfc.com/about/pr/041102.htmthis links talks a tiny bit about it. My grandfather was the architect for alot of the original resteraunts and both he and my father have quite a few funny stories about the colonel. My father describes him as "one of the most foul-mouthed people I have ever met."
They still have the original tables and everything in there. I like going to sanders cafe when i go down to kentucky
I ate at the Corbin KFC several years ago and didn’t find the original recipe chicken any better or worse then other KFC’s locally. KFC original recipe nowadays doesn’t have the spicy flavor that it did back in the 50’s & 60’s when it first came on the franchised market- it really did have a unique spicy flavor then – maybe it’s changed in the last few years. The attached museum is interesting and worth a visit if you’re in the area.
I was driving back home to michigan, on us 25-e and then i saw the original kfc. It is execelent. Everyone needs to go there and eat. Its off i-75 in corbin, near us 25-e
(I didn’t proof read) My brother in laws’s brother printed the first menus and contracts for the Col.He tells it that Harlin told him he would pay for the printing when he sold the first contract, he did soon after that.
My brother-in-laws brother printed the first menues and contracts for the Col. when he first started the KFC business. He tells it the Harlan told him he pay for it when the first contract was sold.
A brief Col. Sanders story:
When my dad owned a Spudnut Shop in the early 60s, Col. Sanders walked in, wearing the white suit (I’m assuming they’d just opened a branch in my hometown.) My father recognized the Colonel, even though he wasn’t nearly so famous as he would eventually become. Colonel Sanders asked for a glazed nut donut, which my dad provided. He then proceeded to pick off all the nuts, and then pick off the glaze. My dad said, "Colonel, we also have plain donuts if you’d prefer one." To which Colonel snapped back, "It’s my G-D donut, I’ll do with it whatever the hell I want!" One of the handlers with the Colonel gave me dad a look along the lines of, "Believe me, I know. Just leave him alone."
Where do Sporks come from???
The Creation Theory
During the middle of the 20th century, God finally completed his greatest
inventional feat, the spork. After the first spork was created, God stepped
back, looked at it and smiled, for he saw that it was good. Delighted with his
ingenuity, God embarked to produce them in mass quantities and give them to
the people of the world, fulfilling the forgotten clause in his covenent
with the peoples of Abraham. Thus, there are now billions of Sporks
worldwide, to the satasfaction of all.
The Evolution Theory
By the time God made his invention of the spork, the people of the earth
were already using forks, spoons, and knives. God realized that much of what
he had already done for mankind was brought about gradually, making it
easier for his peoples to adapt to the revolutionary changes. Therefore, he
gradually guided the plastic-ware engineers of the world to make more
spoonlike forks, and finally, by the mid-20th centry, the almighty design
was complete. This design was called a Spork, and when God heard it, he was
happy (wouldn’t you be?).
The UFO Theory
One day in New Mexico there was a UFO crash. Next door
to the crash site was a Taco Bell. Well it just so
happened that a worker was trying to eat some soup and meat with only a fork
when this happened. To his amazement the perfect eating utensil had flown
out of the UFO just as it crashed, it was, yes, a spork.
Astonishingly he found he could eat both his soup and his
his meat with a single eating utensil! The worker then
spread his knowledge of the spork all over the World, where we use it today.
I’ll chime in and agree that our visit to "the homeplace of KFC" was a fun detour on our way to the Keeneland Races in April.
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