Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gladys Knight & Ron Winan's Chicken & Waffles

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When I found out I was going to need to go to Atlanta for work about a month ago, my stomach lept with joy.  There is nothing this foodie enjoys more than southern cooking.  In fact my favorite meal in the world - fried catfish and hushpuppies - is a southern specialty.  However, last week also happened to be the timing of the great icing of Atlanta.  The entire city shut down with the snow and ice that blanketed the city and surrounding areas.  I was lucky to be on one of the few flights that made it in the city.  Luckily on the last night of my short visit, the roads were clear enough for business to re-open and for taxi drivers to be agreeable enough to take us to where we wanted to go.  Since we only had one night left in the city, where is it I wanted to go?  Well, you read the title of this blog post, right? :)

The restaurant is in downtown Atlanta.  Since I'm not familiar with the area any longer - the last time I was there I was 3 years old - I'm not altogether sure of the area or the traditions of the south.  However, when "No Weapons Allowed" is posted next to the usual postings on faces of restaurants and there's a bouncer type security guard at the entrance of the restaurant, I think it's safe to say that the restaurant may not be located in the best part of downtown.

Okay, down to the important stuff.  There were chicken & waffles on the menu, and grits, and squash casserole and black eyed peas and cabbage and sweet potatoes and....a whole host of other yummy food options that I only wish I had additional time to go back to try.  So here's what I ordered:

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That's a pecan waffle you're looking at along with four really yummy and well season fried chicken wings.  Of course, I also had to order a couple of sides, which came on a large plate to accommodate the sides ordered by other members of my eating party.  From left to right are green beans (well seasoned but a bit too salty for my taste), cheese grits (not specifically on the menu, but when asked if I wanted cheese, I looked at the server as if I was asking if there was any other way to eat them) and squash casserole.

Almost all of the people I went with thoroughly enjoyed their first foray into southern food.  I say "almost all," because there was one vegetarian who was also allergic to eggs...and didn't like green vegetables, so she's up shit creek most of the time anyway when trying to go to a restaurant.  I really wanted to try the sweet potato cheesecake, but...well you saw the buffet of food on the table.  There was no way to fit it in.  I guess there's always next time...  :)  Because there WILL be a next time!

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