Sweet and Savory :: Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles Concepts

I love soul food. I got my very first taste of the real thing when Ruben's mom made Collard Greens with Ham Hocks for Thanksgiving dinner two years ago. (A little late, I know, but better late than never, right?) It was amazing! After that epiphanic discovery, I attempted to bring a little bit of 'soul' into my own kitchen--for starters, I tried to recreate his mom's collard greens many many times, only to get shot down over and over again with a statement that no perfectionist foodie/cook ever wants to hear: "It's really good, but it's not as good as my mom's." In between chopping greens and boiling ham hocks, (mad scientist style), I've also made time to try out a few other Southern/soul dishes, like smothered pork chops and peach cobbler. There have been other days however, when my body has gone into complete cooking overload, and could no longer stand the sight (and smell, due to all that darn Crisco) of my own kitchen. Enter Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles Concepts.

Our adventurous dish of the day: Fried Green Tomatoes! Highly, highly addictive. So addictive that I ate six out of the seven tomatoes on that plate. *Oink oink*

Do chicken and waffles usually come with gravy or syrup? Apparently, Gladys Knight's version doesn't include either of them. I personally prefer my chicken and waffles smothered in gravy--however, since this version didn't come with any, I can't help but wonder if this is how chicken and waffles are supposed to be or if the gravy/syrup feature is just a West Coast thing.

The fried chicken, hands down, was some of the best I've ever had to date, joining an elite mental best fried chicken list that includes Busy Bee Cafe and Ezell's Famous Chicken in Seattle, Washington. I could have easily smashed a bucket full of this chicken if the opportunity presented itself. But if only I could say the same about the waffle! While the taste was there, I couldn't get over how soggy it was. I'm sorry waffle, as much as I tried to love you and make it work between us, I just couldn't. The chicken had stolen my heart.

Do you like your chicken and waffles with gravy or syrup?


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