Few things are as certain to an Atlantan than knowing when they’ve just eaten good wings. Sorry to all other cities, but Atlanta has cornered the market on wings done every which way. We won’t be taking questions.
But a recent Instagram post from a local social media account claims home-grown fast food chain Chick-fil-A might be getting in on the wing game in Atlanta via the company’s delivery-only restaurant conglomerate Little Blue Menu. The name is a nod to the blue menu once served at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf Grill (now the Dwarf House) in Hapeville, founded by Truett Cathy in 1946. Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant at Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967, basing the menu around a fried chicken sandwich.
The now viral wings post circulating on social media around Atlanta stems from a photograph recently posted to Reddit showing a takeout box filled with chicken wings and a Chick-fil-A label on top. Little Blue Menu, owned and operated by the Chick-fil-A corporation, features a group of five virtual restaurants in which people can order from, including Chick-fil-A, Outfox Wings, Flock and Farm, Because, Burger, and Garden Day.
A representative for Chick-fil-A, Inc. tells Eater the wings in question are from Outfox Wings at Little Blue Menu in Nashville created by the menu team at Chick-fil-A.
Last fall, reports indicated Chick-fil-A planned to open a location of Little Blue Menu in Atlanta. A location is already open in Nashville, with another Little Blue Menu in the works for College Park, Maryland. Atlanta isn’t currently listed as a possible location on the Little Blue Menu website.
“We don’t have plans to open a Little Blue Menu location in Atlanta at this time and we aren’t testing chicken wings at Chick-fil-A restaurants,” the representative goes on to say. “We love to see the excitement for Bone-In Wings offered at Little Blue Menu, which is currently only available at a single location in downtown Nashville.”
This isn’t the first time Chick-fil-A has dabbled in the creation of new menu items or concepts for its restaurants, like a quinoa bowl, meal kits, and even partnering with Atlanta chefs like Ford Fry to create a custom salad. Beyond fried chicken in nugget, strip, and sandwich form, Chick-fil-A also serves grilled chicken wraps and salads and sides such as waffle fries and mac and cheese.
Despite recent attempts to clarify its messaging as restaurants open in new markets and to take “a more focused giving approach” to charities, Chick-fil-A continues to grapple with its socially and politically conservative-leaning reputation as a corporation and long history of donating to groups with anti-LGBTQ agendas. The fast food chain is famously closed on Sundays, including at all of its airport locations throughout the country.