Review: Loaded Potato Bowl from KFC
While it’s definitely not pretty, I guess you could say the “Bowl” idea at KFC kind of works. You get a big base of mashed potatoes with various toppings piled on… grab your trusty spork and dig in. The latest is the Loaded Potato Bowl and it’s not too different from those that came before it.
The Loaded Potato Bowl features mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, hand-breaded and diced extra crispy chicken tenders, and topped with new bacon cheese sauce, green onions and a three cheese blend. It’s priced at $3.99 for the bowl alone or as a $5 Fill Up which comes with a chocolate chip cookie and a drink.
Like the rest of them, the Loaded Potato Bowl features a lot of the same. Creamy mashed potatoes take up most of the weight. I counted eight pieces of chopped extra crispy chicken tenders in my bowl. Extra crispy is the way to go to help preserve some fried chicken skin crunch. Thinking back on it, I should’ve worked around some of the chicken a lot more at first because once it’s out of the way, I didn’t feel like finishing the bowl. The goal here is to try and get a decent amount of every ingredient with each bite. This will probably be a challenge since the ingredients were unbalanced. The Loaded Potato Bowl was about 70% mashed potatoes, 25% chicken, and 5% of everything else.
The 5% is made up of green onions and corn strewn stuck in a sea of off-putting bacon cheese sauce. I didn’t care much for the bacon cheese sauce which is basically brown gravy with bacon flavor. When I got a little too much of that bacon sauce in a bite, I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn’t just go with real chopped bacon… too much like the Cheesy Bacon Bowl I guess. I almost hesitate to even mention the three-cheese blend that barely makes an appearance. When the description says “three-cheese blend” I wasn’t expecting this trio to actually be three individual strands of cheese. I exaggerate a little, and maybe it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, but it was barely there.
The Loaded Potato Bowl is filling and an OK value at $3.99 considering the weight of it. Since most of the weight is in mashed potatoes, I can’t say it’s a steal. For a dollar more you get a drink and a chocolate chip cookie so there’s more value in the $5 Fill Up option. Like all KFC Bowls, it’s a nice variety of various KFC flavors in one convenient package. To me it felt like too much of the same and it would’ve been able to separate itself a lot better with a little less emphasis on mashed potatoes and more impact from the other ingredients… just not the bacon cheese sauce.
Pros: Extra crispy chicken tenders. Multiple flavors and texture in a conveniently package bowl. The $5 Fill Up option.
Cons: Balance of ingredients tilts incredibly heavy on the mashed potatoes and would've liked more green onions/corn/cheese blend. Bacon cheese sauce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: http://www.kfc.com