Review: Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp from Popeyes
After being a little letdown over Beer Can Chicken, I’m ready for a bounce back to the stellar fast food grub Popeyes has to offer. This time it’s the new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp and if you’ve followed my Popeyes Shrimp reviews in the past you’ll know that expectations are pretty high with each new flavor.
Popeyes describes their new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp like this:
Premium Butterfly Shrimp, marinated in authentic Louisiana seasonings, dipped in a Buttermilk Biscuit batter, and then fried up fresh in our kitchens. For a limited time only, try our new 8pc Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp served with Regular Fries, a Buttermilk Biscuit, and Blackened Tartar Dipping Sauce for only $4.99!
To date I’ve reviewed the original Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box, the excellent Zatarain’s version and most recently the Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp. The latest style combines Popeyes Buttermilk Biscuit batter with the shrimp I already love, so this has to be a winner right?
I’d describe Popeye’s biscuits as having a noticeble salty butter taste to the crusty exterior while keeping a pillowy soft inside. It slightly sharper and tangier flavor qualities when compared to what I’d consider your run of the mill buttermilk biscuits. I was looking for this flavor when digging in to the new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp. The thing is, the only slightly noticeable change to me was a little bit in lighter color and texture. It seemed to be a more delicate crust that will likely not be noticed by most. If you’re going into these new shrimp expecting to be wow’ed, temper your expectations. The biscuit batter breading doesn’t standout at all from a flavor perspective because after the frying process, the oils overpower something as subtle as biscuit batter. The Zatarain’s and Cracked Pepper versions had seasonings/spices on their side for a better taste impact where all you’ve got here is a salted buttermilk bath.
The shrimp is plentiful and plump and there’s still a biscuit and fries to work through to make this $4.99 a nicely complete meal (minus the overpriced drink that I avoid anyway). I really love the Blackened Tartar Dipping Sauce and it would go well with most any fried seafood. It’s creamy and sticks on to whatever you’re dipping perfectly (tastes great with fries too). The sauce is seasoned with garlic, black pepper, red pepper and paprika which makes for a zesty partner to the fried shrimp. As with the the other incarnations of shrimp boxes at Popeyes, this version is a great value that will satisfy your fast food seafood fix. The downfall is that the Buttermilk Biscuit batter barely changed the original product for me. Since I love the original Butterfly Shrimp, I can’t help but say I still really enjoyed my food. It’s just too bad that the uniqueness of Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp didn’t live up to the sales pitch.
Pros: Lots of food, great value. Plump shrimp. Blackened Tartar Dipping Sauce.
Cons: Doesn't live up to its name.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: http://popeyes.com/