If you’ve known me for any amount of time, or if you’ve followed me on social media, or here on this blog, you’ll know I have a love for all things Chick-Fil-A.
For those of you that don’t know, I’ll fill you in. Growing up (in the Portland, Oregon area.) a family that went to our church owned two (yes, two wonderful) chick-fil-a locations in the local malls. Growing up I always loved Chick-Fil-A. We went there often (well in my little kid eyes, it was often, reality was probably once a month? at most? I actually have NO idea, but in my memory we were there often.)
So as you can imagine, I grew up not knowing a world without chick-fil-a. I just LOVED their chicken nuggets, waffle fries and lemonade. Other members of my family loved their cheese-cake, and other items off their menu.
My older sister, Shannon, worked at one of the chick-fil-a locations while she was a teen. Just one of the many memories I have at Chick-Fil-A was one afternoon. My mom and I had just gotten home from taking her cat to the vet. I was 7 or 8 maybe? I don’t know it was summer and it was close to my Birthday. I bent down just outside our bathroom to pet the stupid cat. She reached up and bit my lip. I remember it hurting, and blood being E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. Cutting out a few minor details, my mom rushed me to the ER, and they gave me 2 stitches. I still have a scar on my bottom lip where she bit me.
I can’t remember EXACTLY what happened next (pain meds or something most likely clouded my memory…or just the pure adrenaline.) We had to pick up my sister from work maybe? Probably, I be thats it. Anyway we found ourselves at the Clackamas Chick-Fil-A. Sitting in a booth, I remember laying down a LOT. Mom asked me what I wanted, my sister tried to talk me into the cheese cake, but no, I wanted my chicken nuggets.
Sometime in the late 90’s one of the Oregon Chick-Fil-A locations closed. They were both located in local malls, and Because Chick-Fil-A isn’t open on Sundays the mall decided they either needed to change their policy and remain open 7 days a week, or find a new location. The family ended up closing one of the locations… and only a few years later, the same thing happened to the second location. By the time I was in high school they were both closed and I was heartbroken.
As I’m sure you can tell from the photos above, ANY chance I get to visit Chick-Fil-A I take it. Not only that, but I’ve taken many a photo to document it! When we went to NJ for Lou’s funeral, I bought a BUNCH of nuggets and fries, froze them in my Aunt’s freezer and brought them back on the plain for Mitchell to try. We re-heated them and DEVOURED them.
I’ve had so many crazy Chick-Fil-A cravings that I’ve tried EVERY recipe under the sun. Only ONE comes close but isn’t the same by any means.
You can imagine my excitement when Last summer, the City of Bellevue and Chick-Fil-A made an announcement that Spring 2015 Chick-Fil-A would open a location RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from my home!!!!!!!!!!!!
I counted down the months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes until the grand opening. Beyond excited I didn’t even sleep last night. Woke up early this morning, and got my Chick-Fil-A breakfast fix! I bet you can figure out where Mitchell and I are going for dinner tonight 😀
He’s never ever had fresh Chick-Fil-A, and I’m so excited to share this experience with him!
The new location, is beautiful and EVERY single employee is incredibly wonderful. I am so happy to welcome them back to the PNW, and am very excited for the other two WA branches and the potential 2 Oregon locations!
I have a Chick-Fil-A related confession to make…. I’ve been writing them one email every year for the last 5 (yes 5!) years. Every single year they wrote me back (even last year) telling me there were NO plans for Chick-Fil-A to expand to the PNW. IT’S ABOUT TIME! WELCOME BACK, delicious food!