Where to get chicken while you wait for Chick-fil-A to (maybe) open

by Tracy Schuhmacher | June 1, 2016 | Democrat & Chronicle

All of Rochester seems to be abuzz with rumors about the possibility of Chick-fil-A coming to town.

From purely a food point of view, I don’t get it.

My husband, sons and I made it a point to stop at a Chick-fil-A on one of our road trips to Florida to see what all the fuss was about. The chicken sandwiches were perfectly adequate, but we were mystified by the adulation. I suspect the key differentiator is not the chicken, but rather is the toasted, buttered bun — and really, it’s hard to overestimate the effect of a toasted, buttered bun. At any rate, none of us has had a hankering to seek out another Chick-fil-A since then.

Whether you agree with me or not, you still are going to need an alternative for any chicken cravings that fall on Sundays, when Chick-fil-A is closed. Here are some places for chicken tenders or chicken sandwiches, both of which appear on the Chick-fil-A menu.

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Marty’s Meats food truck/Marty’s on Park

The Park Avenue shop as well as the food truck take things to the next level; both serve a buttermilk fried chicken breast sandwich with lettuce, ranch dressing and house-made pickles.

At the shop at 703 Park Avenue, you’ll have a few more chicken-y choices. There are panko-breaded hot tenders that give a nod to Nashville hot chicken. Or go Asian with the Thai bird sandwich, a crispy chicken breast is topped with cucumber, pickled daikon radish, cilantro and a red coconut curry.