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KFC Japan serves chicken and whiskey at new ROUTE 25 bar


We like to think that Colonel Sanders was a man of refined tastes, and that were he alive today, he’d agree with us that nothing could be more refined than enjoying a bucket of fried chicken with a glass of Scotch.

Now you too can enjoy the finer things in life at KFC ROUTE 25, the world’s first KFC equipped with a fully-stocked whiskey bar.

The restaurant opened on April 25 near the south entrance of Shimokitazawa Station in Tokyo and spans three stories, with the first two operating as a normal KFC and the third transforming into ROUTE 25, a Midwestern-themed bar, after 5 p.m.

The name of the store is derived from U.S. Route 25, the United States highway route that passes in front of the original Sanders Café in Kentucky where the good Colonel first began selling fried chicken. On their website, KFC Japan explains that they wanted to create an atmosphere reminiscent of “Good ‘ol America,” where customers can relax and enjoy Sanders’ Original Recipe in a new style.

The ROUTE 25 food menu features a number original dishes, including pizza, pasta and deserts, as well as a few standard KFC items. The drink menu keeps it classy with primarily whiskey-based cocktails like Jack and Coke, and slightly foofy with Mint Sparkle, an “easy-to-drink” Japanese variation of the Kentucky state favorite, Early Times Mint Julep.

We took a trip to Shimokitazawa on opening day to sample that ‘ol Midwestern food, drink and atmosphere, and the place was packed to capacity with people standing around chatting with a chicken leg in one hand and cocktail glass in the other. Your reporter started out with a beer and a piece of Original Recipe Chicken — delicious, as to be expected — before moving on to one of the original items that had caught my eye: “Pizza With 6 Kinds Of Cheese And Maple Syrup.”

If there is one thing to order from the Route 25 menu, it is this pizza. Six varieties of cheese baked onto a thin pizza crust and topped with a generous helping of maple syrup is probably the best thing that’s happened to my mouth in years. Get to Route 25 with some buddies and order this pizza and a drink now (assuming now is after 5 p.m.).

The Shimokitazawa location was chosen for ease of access and its popularity with students and trendy young people, the customer base KFC Japan hopes to appeal to with ROUTE 25. More ROUTE 25 restaurants are in the works, but don’t expect to see one crop up above your backcountry Kentucky Fried Chicken: KFC Japan plans to keep the stores limited to shopping and entertainment districts in Tokyo.

Store Information [Address] 2-13-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo [Hours] KFC: 7:00-22:30, ROUTE25: 17:00-23:00

Route 25 Official Site (Menu available in English)

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Actually I suspect the Colonel would probably enjoy his chicken with a glass of bourbon, not scotch... But the writer apparently doesn't know the difference...

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The main difference between scotch and whisky is geographic, but also ingredients and spellings. Scotch is whisky made in Scotland, while bourbon is whiskey made in the U.S.A, generally Kentucky. Scotch is made mostly from malted barley, while bourbon is distilled from corn. If you’re in England and ask for a whisky, you’ll get Scotch.

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an “easy-to-drink” Japanese variation

What a surprise!

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How about they introduce mash potatoe and gravy, then they'd get some interest in their food.

The one main ingredient in any KFC store lacking in Japan is this staple.

C'mon Colonel-san get the potatoe n gravy going here will ya?

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A shot of whiskey might not be the best chaser for a KFC meal that usually leaves me on the verge of hurling

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yea! yet another bag to add to the tons of bags they give when you order a meal.

drink bag fries bag biscuit bag chicken sandwich bag coleslaw bag dessert bag and then you get the plastic bag to put all your bags in. Then all the bags are taped shut.

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Not crazy about whisky, Scotch etc..sounds plain disgusting if you ask me! I would be happy with mashed potatoes and gravy as Export points out, but their chicken nuggets SUCK!! They only have catsup!! WTF?? No BBQ sauce, no mustard but only catsup!!

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They would not even attempt this in America. The country is not free enough to mix fast food and alcohol. They probably would not make the licensing requirements and the PTA and church ladies would drum them out of town before you could say "land of the free".

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Chicken on the rocks?

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Bet this place'll become a Mecca for the local Harley club.

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I have seen the future and it is a wonderful place.

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KFC "Secret Herbs and Spices" 1 teaspoon ground oregano, 1tsp chili powder, 1tsp ground sage, 1tsp dried basil, 1tsp dried marjoram, 1tsp pepper, 2 tsps salt, 2 tablespoons paprika, 1 teaspoon onion salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons Accent (MSG, a neurotoxin)

Now you know you're damaging your brain while damaging your liver. Enjoy!

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a fully-stocked whiskey bar

the official site reveals no evidence for this claim whatsoever.

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Maple syrup over cheese on a pizza? I doubt the writer's sanity and culinary taste. Then again, he is checking out a KFC.

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HELLO! i want my whiskey asap! ^o^

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lol the colonel in the pic looks like an really old asain dude with a white beard...but wiskey and chicken dont think that makes a good combo =/

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