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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Bo's Birthday

Posted July 6, 2009 9:30 a.m. EDT

You can tell I’m still on a diet because I’m talking about food again today. Can you name the North Carolina fast food chain that began in Charlotte on this day in 1977? My grandmother loved their food. She and my grandfather lived in Charlotte on Clement Avenue. Once a month they would indulge themselves with a trip to the restaurant with the bright yellow and red sign. 

Yes, Bojangles’ was born on July 6, 1977 in a 600-square foot building. It was the dream of Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas. They crafted a menu featuring fried chicken, dirty rice and pinto beans. Dinner rolls were served at first. It took a year before the famous Bojangles’ biscuit emerged.

I must admit I have a weakness for the Bojangles’ Cajun Filet Sandwich. I rarely order fries on the side but there’s a Bojangles’ in Elkin where they usually offer you a free order of fries with the purchase of a sandwich. That’s very tempting.

For discussion today – two questions:

(1) What is your favorite thing to order at Bojangles’?

(2) What is your favorite North Carolina product?