Raising Cane’s was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with 250 stores in 19 states. In October 2015, they opened their first California store in Costa Mesa, a month later in Aliso Viejo, and on March 1, 2016 the third Orange County store opened in Orange, California.
I went to the grand opening at the Costa Mesa location, and decided to go to the Orange one. The location is next door to the Target shopping center, across the street from the Orange Mall. Like Costa Mesa, its a stone throw’s away from Chick Fil A.
This grand opening was much better than Costa Mesa’s opening. The flow of traffic was better, and it was well organized. However, I would not give this place a five star review. First, its a fast food restaurant. Even In-N-Out doesn’t deserve 5 stars. Yes, it’s good food, the menu is simple, and its served hot. However, what I don’t like is the lack of sauces they don’t give you. Your choices are the Cane sauce, ketchup, or bring your own. The chicken may be tender, but its not orgasmic on its own right.
I ordered the 3-Finger combo which is a 3 piece chicken tender, fries, and Texas toast, and up-sized my drink to the large for 20 cents more. I do love their sweet tea, and it went great with the chicken. The food came out hot, fresh and juicy. Well, it should be, as that’s the only thing you can order. You can not really mess up the one menu item your store is known for. The crinkled fries were good, and not too greasy. The Texas toast was ok. I know, some fans rave about the Texas toast, and even order extra. Quite honestly, its bread. I’m already eating the fries and the breading from the chicken…. I took at bite and dumped the rest. I don’t really need to pack in more guilty carb calories.
The food is affordable, and its fast. If I have a craving for fried chicken, I’m not sure if Raising Cane’s is my first pick, but I would go back. The place is opened late, and have plenty of parking.