Bojangles, the cult-favorite North Carolina food chain that serves up buttery biscuits, all-day breakfast, and crispy, juicy fried chicken, is soon headed to North Texas.
The chain announced the move earlier this week, saying that it plans to open at least 18 restaurants, some corporate-owned and some owned by franchisees, in the DFW region in coming years. Three of those locations will be in Dallas itself. The first North Texas restaurant is expected to open in Spring of 2022, though the location for that spot has yet to be announced.
Bojangles, which was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1977, has gained a loyal following among fried chicken lovers in the Southeastern quarter of the United States, even as larger chains like KFC and Popeye’s outgrew it. In 2018, Eater delved in to what made the chain so beloved. Part of that answer comes from the chicken, which is always fresh, never frozen, and marinated for 12 hours before it is breaded and fried.
But what Bojangles fans really rave about are the biscuits, a closely-guarded secret recipe. Each location has a full-time employee whose entire job is dedicated to making biscuits. A new batch is made every 20 minutes to ensure that diners get the freshest, fluffiest biscuit possible.
Unlike those other fried chicken chains, Bojangles is also known for its all-day breakfast menu, which includes the Bo Berry Biscuit, a take on the classic biscuit mixed with blueberries and topped with sweet icing.
No word yet on a more exact timeline for the chain’s arrival to North Texas, but stay tuned to Eater for future updates.
Watch: Why Is the South Obsessed with Bojangles’ Fried Chicken? [Eater]