Review: Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp from Popeyes

I haven’t quite been myself lately.  Popeyes came out with Wild Pepper Tenderloins and I slept through its release.  Thankfully, Popeyes has a consistent and steady stream of new LTO’s throughout the year and the latest is new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp.  I had this tasty box of greasy grub for lunch today and it feels good to get back to my old self again.  Time to review…

Spicy Garlic Butterfly ShrimpPopeyes new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is marinated in Louisiana seasonings with a combination of fried onions, garlic and cayenne.  For $4.99 you get 8 shrimp, plus a Buttermilk Biscuit, a side (I chose fries), and new Dill Tartar Dipping Sauce.  I actually had 9 shrimp in my box which is not an unusual experience for me at Popeyes.

Spicy Garlic Shrimp Throwing in an extra shrimp in my box is my way of calling it even for having to pluck off all the shrimp tails that I wouldn’t be eating.  I’m no stranger to shrimp at Popeyes…

Now there’s a great example of fast food consistency.  Time and time again, Popeyes will tweak the shrimp batter and seasoning while adding a new dipping sauce to complement the flavors and keep the $4.99 price tag.  It’s no mystery that this pattern is working for Popeyes and it definitely works for me.  If you want to play the odds, new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is likely going to be another winner.

Spicy Garlic ShrimpYes, new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is another winner in my book, but it’s still the weakest entry in the shrimp lineup that I’ve had so far.  For the major positives, it’s the same great value… lots of food, a combo without a drink for about 5 bucks.  I found the shrimp to be meaty enough to be filling after 8 of them, or 9 for my personal experience.  The crust of the shrimp was thick and crunchy, but never too much to take away from the meat of the shrimp.  The amount of spiciness was somewhere in between mild and medium and it was enough to be worthy of being called spicy.  Plenty of flavor, yup, it’s got that too, but mostly salt, cayenne and a some onion.  Even though there’s plenty of flavor, I found the garlic to be far too muted to be a selling point.  Back in June of this year when Popeyes released the AMAZING Smoky Garlic Chile Chicken, I really felt they nailed the garlic flavor so it’s a little disappointing the same didn’t happen with this new shrimp.  It’s one of those issues where the garlic smell is there, but the flavor doesn’t hit your tongue instantly so it might be a marinade issue.

Spicy Garlic PopeyesThe new Dill Tartar Sauce is a nice cooling contrast to balance the kick of the cayenne pepper.  It works well with the entrée and all, it’s just that the lack of garlic flavor found in the shrimp could have been remedied in the sauce.  Even though the stellar Smoky Garlic Chile Chicken had a great garlicky flavor, its dipping sauce (Garlic Herb) still infused more garlic and it wasn’t a problem whatsoever.  Adding some garlic to the Dill Tartar Sauce to make it a Garlic Dill Tartar Sauce would have helped things in this area.

Popeyes Spicy Garlic ShrimpI’m still not sure why Popeyes labels its shrimp with “Butterfly” considering it’s rare that I ever find one of the shrimp with the appearance it has the spread butterfly cut I’m used to.  Whatever the case, it’s fried shrimp and Popeyes does a great job with coming out with new seasoning flavors and complementing sauces.  Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp was too light on garlic to really wow me like some other offerings in the past.  It’s still a pretty good meal, just not going to be a memorable LTO for me.  Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is in restaurants now through November 29th.

Pros: Plenty of food, strong value. Kick of cayenne.

Cons: Garlic flavor missed its mark. Dipping sauce was effective, but sort of boring. Lack of nutrition info on the Popeyes website.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 8.50/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10

More Info: popeyes.com
Nutrition Facts:
not available

4 comments on “Review: Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp from Popeyes

  1. Bryan K. says:

    I’ve had this 4 times now and was pretty impressed with it. One of those times I actually had 12 shrimp so I really couldn’t complain. My biggest complaint about popeyes LTO’s though is that they generally tend to run out of product half way through the month do they’ll only have it through like the 15th. So the entire rest of the month there is no good deal to be had. This lends to me only going to popeyes for the first half of the month. You’d think they would do something about this but it happens every month and they seem to not care about it at all since it happens every month. I know I can’t be the only person that does this

  2. nick says:

    they probably run out early because they keep giving everyone extra shrim. more than once I got and extra tender in my lto box.

  3. Jay says:

    Dude, you left enough shrimp and batter in those tails for a whole ‘nuther meal.

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