Dame's Chicken and Waffles: Worth the Wait?
At least on Saturdays they're slammed like it's an open house at Wonka's Chocolate Factory. At 11:30 they were full and not taking names till 2 PM, at which point you could come back to the place to put your name on the list for Shiva knows how long later. Actually in our case it was thirty minutes later. Called-in or internet-made reservations have to be at least 24 hours in advance.
|The Buff Brahma (as do several of the chickens and waffle options) comes with a side, and we chose these spicy (crushed red pepper) greens (collards).|
|While you're waiting in breathless anticipation, you can draw turkeys and play hangman on the table, very important with waits like you get here.|
| The eggs and grits that came with it showed up a few minutes later, and, though we ordered them over easy, one was completely over hard. Again, even if we'd wanted to bother our waiter about it, he ignored us completely until he came for payment.|
|Red Crusted Rose Comb: A leg and thigh with candied pecans and a fun strawberry schmear, this time on a waffle that wasn't soggy at all|
|I ordered a sweet potato waffle with wings and the maple pecan schmear (you can create your own combo), but I quickly came to the conclusion that they'd given me a regular (non-soggy) waffle.|
|The bartender was very nice about it and insisted on bringing me an actual sweet potato waffle, which was deliciously spiced and softer (in a doughy, non-soggy way), which I love.|
So now I officially like this place. I don't love it, but it's nothing personal. It's just not really what I call Southern fried chicken. It's not that crispy crunchy goodness. Are they baking it? Also there's some silly Italian seasoning on it that's okay but doesn't really blend with all the sweet flavors from the waffle and schmear situations.