Raising Cane’s review: Southern flavor falls short

Cassie Weymouth, Editor-in-Chief

Many businesses and restaurants are now becoming overnight hits thanks to social media, celebrities and influencers. Raising Cane’s is one of these restaurants. Founded in 1996 in Baton Rouge, LA, it received a spike of popularity as their classic chicken tender meal started appearing in the backgrounds of influencers’ TikToks. Raising Cane’s recently opened a location in Towson which attracted hour-long lines. But is it worth the hype? 

With chicken tenders being their main selling point, the Raising Cane’s menu consists of various box sizes that include crinkle cut fries, Texas toast, coleslaw and their secret sauce. Honestly, the high media exposure and numerous celebrity endorsements, such as Snoop Dogg and Shaq, pushed my expectations just a bit too high. At the end of the day it is just a chicken fast food chain. The most stand out item in their box is the Texas toast, soft and on the sweeter side with salted butter on top; it was a classic and in my opinion the best item in the box.

(Dulaney Griffin/Cassie Weymouth)box. 

The chicken tenders themselves are mediocre at best. Personally, if you’re looking for good chicken at a fast food place, I’d recommend Chick-fil-a. Had they taken some of the salt from the fries and added it to the chicken tenders, it would be a much more satisfying experience.

However, the secret sauce did make up for the lack of seasoning in the chicken, adding flavor with a savory mix of seasons. On the coleslaw, I’m going to refrain from commenting as I am not a fan of it in general.

Price wise their meal is fairly equivalent to Chick-fil-a. And for all that’s included in the box combo, four chicken tenders, crinkle cut fries, coleslaw, secret sauce, Texas toast and a drink, $8.69 isn’t bad.   

Beware of parking as it can be rather intimidating, but there is a parking garage specifically for Raising Cane’s. Make sure to not park in the Whole Foods garage as they will not let you out without a Whole Foods receipt, (just ask Editor-in-Chief Erin Patterson). Raising Cane’s is definitely fun if you’re going with friends and can be worth the experience, but if you’re going for the quality of food I’d recommend other places.