Chef Eddie’s Restaurant
Chicken and waffles, is it my latest obsession? I don’t care much for the Lay’s Chicken and Waffles Chips but as far the real stuff goes, it’s pretty good. Chef Eddie’s is supposedly THE place for chicken and waffles but being the feisty foodist that I am, I knew I had to go try some for myself. Not only did people speak highly of Chef Eddie’s for the chicken and waffles but for soul food in general. Well, that’s a tall order to beat! Being raised in Virginia and living in the panhandle of Florida, I’ve had my fair share of soul food.
Chef Eddie’s is located off of John Young Parkway on Orange Center Boulevard. This was my first foodventure here. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I entered into the restaurant. A couch to the right, the kitchen area to the left. The decor was a bit more, down to Earth I suppose? Not quite sure how to describe it. ”Homely” is perhaps the best word.
Well, I knew for certain I was going to get some chicken and waffles but the shrimp and grits caught my eye. Yes, I’m a glutton and I ended up getting both. Who can pass on shrimp and grits?! The shrimp and grits here comes with a “gravy” and a piece of buttered toast on the side. If you haven’t tried grits with biscuit gravy, you’d be surprised how good it tastes. Well, this Shrimp and Grits ($6.99) has a very seafood flavored gravy and whole deveined shrimp. It was on point! The shrimp was perfectly cooked, very tender and full of flavor. Needless to say, I took care of that dish.
I also have my chicken and waffles to take care of. At Chef Eddies, not only can you get chicken and waffles but you pick the type of waffles. The ten different choices are: Plain, Red Velvet, Apple Cinnamon, BIG Berry Mix (Fresh Strawberry, Blueberry &Raspberry), Banana Walnut, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Potato, Strawberry, Butter Pecan and Blueberry. Wow, that’s a lot of different waffles. You can get additional flavored waffles for an additional $1.50. I started to imagine some colorful leaning tower of waffles.
I ended up ordering the Chicken and Big Berry Waffle ($7.95) which came with 5 pieces of chicken drumettes and wingettes. The waffle itself was pretty good, nice flavor although I’ve developed a preference to Belgian Waffles. This is more traditional style so it’s not as thick. The fried chicken didn’t have much batter and it was slightly reminiscent of the chicken one would get from a Chinese takeout. The chicken was crispy, seasoned well and good overall especially with some hot sauce. I can’t say that this is the BEST chicken and waffles I’ve ever had, but I can definitely say it’s the most unique. You can definitely make it your own and if fried chicken isn’t your style, then they have fish, shrimp, or steak to accompany the waffles.
Definitely get the shrimp and grits here. As far as chicken and waffles go, it’s something to try although I’m not sure if I’d order this every time I visit. If you’re wanting a one of kind place for breakfast, come here. I know I will and I intend on returning back to try some of the dinner entrées.
Mondays – Closed
Tuesdays – Sunday 8 am – 8:30 Pm
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