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Gwilym Lockwood
I walked past a Tennessee Fried Chicken the other day, and I wondered how many UK chicken shops are called "[US State] Fried Chicken"...
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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I scraped the Food Standards Agency ratings list to get all the restaurants in the UK, as detailed here:
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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And after excluding Kentucky (for obvious reasons), I found 13 Tennessees, 6 Kansas, 4 Californias, 2 Floridas, and 1 each of a few others.
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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When you look at where these fried chicken places are in the UK, they're almost all in London or in/around Manchester:
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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But what blows my mind is that the town of Oldham has six different [State] Fried Chicken places a short walk from each other...
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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And four of those - Georgia, Virginia, Montana, and Michigan - are the only fried chicken places named after that state in the whole UK.
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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This is also perhaps the oddest UK North/South divide. The South has Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, and California. The North has the rest.
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Neil Richards Oct 11
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Do they have to have "Fried" in the title? Lots of Maryland Chicken places in Leicester for example.
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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Northern UK chicken places pick whatever US states they like. But Southern UK chicken places only pick Southern US states.
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
Replying to @theneilrichards
Yeah, this is all specifically following the format "X Fried Chicken", so "Maryland Chicken" isn't included here.
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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(this is the average food hygiene rating per state fried chicken place; maybe give Tennessee a miss)
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Gwilym Lockwood Oct 11
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I just can't quite get over the diversity of US state names in fried chicken places in Oldham. What's going on there? I'd love to know.
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Lauren Gawne Oct 11
Replying to @GwilymLockwood
Thanks , this made my morning commute so much more delightful!
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Anne-Marie Canning Oct 11
great thread for you
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James Coatsworth Oct 11
Replying to @JJGass @GwilymLockwood
This one always makes me smile
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Liam Boyle Oct 11
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There used to be a South Georgia fried chicken Battersea. Have you checked for intra-state regionalisation!?
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PalmTree809 Oct 11
Replying to @GwilymLockwood
I’m from LA. I remember in the 70s traveling to New England where they served “California Burgers” — simple cheeseburgers. Odd.
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dan barker Oct 11
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Interesting. I assumed they must all be run by same people, but nope. (also 2 different 'georgia' companies).
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nick_appleyard Oct 11
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Alaska Fried Chicken?
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Matthew Randall Oct 11
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My North London neighbourhood has this one. (Formerly "Kennedy" if memory serves.)
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