Apparently, there isn’t a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers franchise in Houston, because every time my sister, Johanna, comes to visit from Texas, she insists on going to Raising Cane’s for a take-out order of fingers. They are really good, but we don’t eat there often. For me, it’s a guaranteed “weight gain”, because I’ll eat 5 or 6 fingers, plus fries, and Texas toast, and gain weight the next day.
Cane’s is a fast food franchise founded in Baton Rouge in 1996, so as a company, they are not that old. One of the founders, Craig Silvey, wrote a business plan for a chicken fingers restaurant while enrolled at LSU. The paper got a B+, but Cane’s rates an A+ when it comes to delicious chicken fingers. Today, the franchise is approaching 400 stores.
Raising Cane’s offers a limited menu consisting of four main combos: “The Box Combo,” “The 3-Finger Combo,” “The Caniac Combo” and “The Sandwich Combo.” It also includes a Kid’s Meal and several sizes of bulk chicken items called Tailgates.
To me, what makes Cane’s Chicken extra special is their dipping sauce. Each time I visit, I order extra sauce and save it for home use. It is addictive.
I would love to know how to make the sauce, but only managers at Cane’s have access to the recipe. They are held to a confidentiality agreement regarding any details about the recipe, which features a mix of spices that come packaged to each restaurant. Also, the Texas Toast they serve as a side bread is delicious.
Cane’s Chicken Fingers are not cheap, a take out order to feed four can set you back $30 or more, depending on drinks and sides, but it’s worth the splurge every now and then.
When you only do one thing in the restaurant business, it’s important to do it right, and Raising Cane’s Chicken is spot on when it comes to Chicken Fingers
In Charlottesville, the Cane’s store is located at 1805 Emmett Street. Call them for a take out order at 434-293-4331.