Forget that Happy Meal, at KFC Japan it's Happy Hour! Want a double with that Double Down? Perhaps a cocktail with your cock-a-doodle-doo? Tokyo's newly opened Route 25 restaurant has begun serving beer & booze by (or at least, beside) the bucket.
According to KFC Japan, the concept for Route 25 combines the late Col. Harlan Sanders' traditional Kentucky Fried Chicken with another of the esteemed Colonel's presumed passions: good ol' Kentucky bourbon whiskey and ice-cold beer!
Just to clarify, the classy new three-story restaurant in Tokyo's trendy Shimokitazawa district serves a wide range of alcoholic beverages alongside a surprisingly varied menu, as opposed to KFC China's “Taste of Ireland” whiskey-basted chicken.
Those considering a booze & bird buffet should also note that the restaurant's first two stories operate much like any other Japanese KFC outlet while the Route 25 midwestern-themed bar on the upper level opens daily after 5pm.
Once you get past the crowds, find a table and look over the menu you'll enter a world very different from your run-of-the-mill KFC. Chicken hold pride of place, of course, but Route 25 also offers items undoubtedly never seen in Kentucky: Tomato Spaghetti with Fried Eggplant, a 3 Sausage Set, and Grain & Bean Salad... we read the latter as “Brain & Green Salad” and we haven't even starting drinking!
But more on the food later, methinks the drinks will have thou tickled pink. The quite extensive drinks menu features Jack Daniel's Highballs, Kentucky Highballs, Special Cocktails including “Mint Sparkle”, Standard Cocktails made with gin, rum, vodka, tequila and liqueur, Premium Malts Beer, and a range of Rickeys. Prices are surprisingly reasonable: just 380 yen (about $4.50) for an Early Times Highball, for instance.
The restaurant gets its name, by the way, from U.S. Route 25, a north–south highway extending for 750 miles (1,210 km) from Brunswick, Georgia north to Covington, Kentucky where it ends at the Ohio state line. From 1940 to 1956, Harlan Sanders sold his soon-to-be-famous fried chicken at a cafe in North Corbin, Kentucky, which fronted on Route 25.
While it's likely Sanders would be left wondering in amazement at Tokyo's KFC Route 25 restaurant, one menu item in particular would be guaranteed to knock him on his white-pants'd patoot: “Pizza with 6 Kinds of Cheese and Maple Syrup”.
The 730 yen ($8.60) item, shown above, offers no traditional sauces or toppings besides what's described in its name. Will it go well with a frosty glass of Premium Malts Beer? Probably... and after a few such glasses we doubt you'd even care. (via Japanator and Rocketnews24)