Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles are a classic, if not odd, combination when it comes to Southern Cooking and Comfort Food. We went to Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffles in Midtown/Downtown. We went at about 1:45, figuring that that was late enough to avoid most of the brunching crowds, but we still ended up with a 45 minute wait! In the future, we're either going early or going during the week.

Fried green tomatoes appetizer. These were actually really similar to the kind we've made at home. They use a thinner batter with coarser corn meal. They were good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The "Midnight Express": a waffle and four jumbo chicken wings. I was not particularly excited by the waffle, as it was just pancake batter in the shape of a waffle. That's the same way Waffle House does it, so maybe that's just how waffles are made down south. The chicken, however, was excellent! At first, four wings didn't sound like that much food, but they were plump and meaty so it was more than enough. The batter was relatively light without any strong seasoning (perhaps just a little salt), but it was fried to perfection. Great crunchy texture and the meat was still moist and juicy. Something just tasted different (but really good) that I couldn't put my finger on. Sue's theory is that they fry the chicken in peanut oil, which I suppose would impart a slightly different flavor. In any case, this was the best fried chicken that I have had in a while!

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