Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Late night indulgence at Gussie's Chicken and Waffles

Everyone's been waiting and anticipating the opening of Gussie's chicken and waffle. The concept isn't new or innovative but San Francisco, a land of sustainable ingredients, beginning of trends and diversity; a good fried chicken and waffle joint is sorely missing. Gussie's on Eddy, right around the corner from Yoshi's (a marker for gentrification of the neighborhood) does live up to expectation especially during the first few days of grand opening and plowed by eagar customers.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San FranciscoGussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco

I hate waiting, even for "must-dine" restaurants I rather eat some cardboard stale cold Jack-in-the-box tacos (not saying I don't love Jack's tacos after a night of debauchery.) Luckily, Gussie's opens until 11pm from Sunday-Thursday and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, a perfect time for me to dine after work. Arriving at 10 pm, after hearing about 1 hour waits during peak hours is bad news for the menu.

Can I have the fried okra appetizer? Sorry, we're out.

How about the fried chicken livers? Sorry, we're out of all the appetizers...

...and biscuits, ice cream for desserts and milkshakes and all desserts expect peach cobbler.

Please tell me there is fried chicken in the kitchen!?!

We started with the $10.29 BOWL of gumbo, the size is really a MUG and pricey; although the flavors are seasoned well with white rice, bits of sausages and okra. The roux must be blond/brunette because it was light in flavor and intensity. There is a daily special of 1 waffle, 1 chicken, a side for $ I would skip the gumbo next time.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - gumboGussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - gumbo

Chicken and Waffles!! What I had my heart set on since opening day. We couldn't decide on regular or sweet potato waffles so we asked for one of each and the server agreed, finally some good news. We split a $15.59 1/2 fried chicken (all dark meat), sweet potato and original waffle and sugar-free maple syrup ($1 extra.) The syrup was sweet, sticky and if I lied it was regular syrup only the bees would know the truth.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - regular waffle
Original Waffle with Fried Chicken

The chicken was breaded very lightly, like a mixture of flour and cornmeal, tons of black pepper and season very very good (not too salty) and fried until there is no fat left but still hot, tender, steaming and juicy.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - Sweet potato waffle
Sweet Potato Waffle and Fried Chicken

The sweet potato waffle is a kissed orange color and a very subtle underlying flavor of sweetness and potato starchiness. The waffle is thin without the high rise of baking soda, crunchy with a little floppiness. Let's make a fried chicken burrito with waffle and sugar free "salsa."

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San FranciscoGussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco

The $9.79 Three's a crowd with 3 chicken wings fried the same way, the timing of the chicken is spot on, cooked just to the point of no pink. The grits were super bland so some butter and salt is needed, eggs whites only option is available for an extra $1.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - chicken wings, egg whites, grits

There is a large selection of side dishes from sweet potato fries, black-eye beans to fries. We ordered the collard greens and mac n cheese. The collards greens were big pieces with large slices of ham hock. The greens were bitter and not cooked until they were disintegrated . The mac n cheese tasted like the blue box mixed with cheddar cheese. I wouldn't order the sides next time for the price value and taste. The .99 each honey cornbread was fluffy, so airy I could eat all three pieces without control.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - collard greensGussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - Mac n CheeseGussie's Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco - cornbread

As with any new restaurant, they are working out the kinks but since we were there late, the staff was attentive and funny. Our server still had a smile after a long day and brought us the cornbread on the house. The wait for the chicken was about 15 mins, which is normal since it takes that long to fried uncooked raw chicken, it means the chicken is made to order. Hopefully, I will get the eat the fried okra and chicken liver next time.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles
1521 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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foodhoe said...

It all looks pretty good, I could go for one of those waffle burritos!

martha said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


cocochanelella said...

Martha: I do get a lot of joy writing and of course, eating, and when others enjoy the blog it's very much appreciated. Have a good one.

Lolia S said...

Whew, I'm glad they didn't run out of chicken and waffles

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