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My friend DebbieG sent me an SOS that she needed assistance with using a groupon for Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles before it expired, an offer that I found impossible to resist. This heavenly combination became popular in the 1940’s at a late night Harlem supperclub where jazz musicians would stop by after their various gigs, too late for dinner but too early for breakfast. They were the first to enjoy the tastbud tantalizing intermingling of sweet and savory flavors that comes with pairing fried chicken and waffles.
Chef Michele Wilson’s menu offers down home-style soul food, made from recipes which have been passed down for generations, just like her Grandma Gussie used to make… Her restaurant Gussie’s is located in the historic Fillmore jazz district. I have an obsession with biscuits which I have to order when I see them on the menu, especially if they are served with gravy. These were the best I have ever encountered, buttery flaky biscuits swimming in a delicious savory rich gravy studded with chunks of bacon. Not only did they taste good, but they look so delicious with a rich velvety come hither look about them, no? We ordered it as an appetizer knowing that we shouldn’t eat it all, else we not have room for the mains, but know this – I would come back just for this dish….
I liked the Cheddar Cheese Grit Cakes ($6.29), creamy grits mixed with sharp cheddar and jack cheese, scallions which were cut into rectangles, dusted in cornmeal, then lightly fried and served with a rich creamy artichoke jalapeno sauce. They were jaunty and full of sass.
The waffles are cooked to order and served with whipped butter and warm brown sugar syrup. (You can order pure maple syrup for an additional $1). I had to try Gussie’s Signature Sweet Potato Waffles, two waffles made with fresh sweet potatoes, spices, brown sugar and a whole lotta love (according to their menu)! I asked for two wings ($12.79)
The waffles were soft and warm so that the butter melted into the nooks and crannies, and tasted of sweet potato pie with a good dose of cinnamon, which all blended very well with the brown sugar syrup and chicken. The chicken was well seasoned with a crisp chewy exterior and was a bit dry, but I drizzled on the Crystal hot sauce and dunked it into the buttery syrupy goo and all was well and good in my world.
We had the Collard Greens ($4.29), which are healthy green leafy vegetables that are slow cooked with ham hocks and full of vitamins and minerals.
Debbie had the Uptown Special, which is one southern fried chicken breast and one original waffle ($9.29). Good, but I prefer dark meat and the spicy flavors of the sweet potato waffle… and yes, this is a Lytro photo, so click around and play with your food!
While I’d say that I’ve had better at Home of Chicken and Waffles, this was also a superior meal. I am still bewitched by the biscuit and gravy and the unforgettable flavors of the sweet potato waffle.