I promised to go into a little more detail about our touristy week in Atlanta. My cousin and her husband came to visit from Virginia. They got here on Tuesday so I knew they would be tired after having been in the car for like 9 hours on Tuesday night so I just cooked dinner at home and hubby got home early enough to eat with us.
I made Old West Porkchops with rice which is one of hubby’s favorite’s. I don’t cook them very often because the girls don’t really like pork chops that much. I know they aren’t home anymore but, it’s kind of hard to cook that for two people. So I made that with green beans and Charlie Bread and if I do say so myself, dinner was delicious. After dinner hubby made us (Cheryl, Danny and me) his famous margaritas. He makes great margaritas. Here’s a couple of shots (no pun intended) of the margaritas (and drinkers).
Our plan was to get up on Wednesday and do our “tourist day” in Atlanta. It was raining cats and dogs. We loaded up our umbrellas and headed into the ATL. We had planned on eating brunch at Gladys and Ron’s. For those of you unfamiliar with Gladys and Ron’s, it is a restaurant owned by Gladys Knight and her son.
We had seen it on an episode of Man vs. Food and hubby had been wanting to go since he had seen that. Our youngest had also been telling us about going out with her boyfriend for “chicken ‘n waffles” and we had no idea what she was talking about at the time. I guess the “official” name of the restaurant is Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles. Here is a link to the clip from that show: http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_V_Food/Episode_Atlanta_1 (I tried to just insert the clip but it didn’t work).
This dish is one of their signature dishes that apparently has its origins in Harlem. This is how their website describes it: The Beginning of Chicken And Waffles ~The concept of Chicken and Waffles was born in Harlem, New York in the 1930’s. Wells served many celebrities as they hung out in the late night hours. Many of them could not decide if they wanted breakfast or dinner-Wells gave them both!
Gladys Knight continues the Chicken and Waffles tradition. Gladys Knight and Ron Winans, together with Shanga Hankerson, developed: Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken & Waffles. Her son, Shanga, continues the tradition. Shanga’s additional connection to the restaurant industry started very early when his father introduced him to working in a butcher shop in Detroit, Michigan. The family also had a restaurant for a period of time and learned the pitfalls of owning a restaurant. The hard work in the butcher shop and the first experience of owning a restaurant did not deter Shanga. He continued to display a strong desire and passion to stay connected with restaurants. Shanga had a dream of starting his own restaurant some day -A restaurant that would serve the food that he had grown up with, while also adding to the legacy of his mother. Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles™
I know on the episode of Man vs. Food that we saw she, Gladys, was talking about how when she was growing up that every Sunday everyone would meet at her mother’s house after church and usually they’d end up with like 38 people in their house. That their Sundays revolved around the family cooking together and eating together and that was where she had learned to cook. Even though she wasn’t at the restaurant it was still a great meal.
We got there a few minutes before 11 so we ended up waiting on the sidewalk for it to open. There are actually two locations in Atlanta. One is near Stonecrest Mall and one is on Peachtree Street across from Emory Hospital. That was the one we ate at. It was a nice restaurant. The walls were covered with pictures of celebrities that have eaten there.
I had The Midnight Train which is the famous chicken and waffles. Ok… everyone helped me eat my chicken and waffles because there was NO WAY I could eat all that. It was a HUGE waffle and 4 huge fried chicken wings. The waffle was really good. It had a sweet taste almost like a waffle cone. The fried chicken was phenomenal. I only ate one piece of my chicken and one quarter of my waffle so I could test all of hubby’s veggies. Hubby got a vegetable plate (I gave him most of my chicken). Cheryl got Shrimp and Grits with a chicken wing thrown in and Danny got the “smothered” fried chicken. One of the veggie specials for the day was speckled butter beans which is one of hubby’s favorites. He also got squash casserole which was also sweet but really good and fried corn which had peppers in it and greens which he loved.
Here is a picture of our table with all the food on it. Can you believe all that food?
The manager is actually one of Gladys Knight’s nieces. She looks a lot like her aunt. In fact, one of the other people waiting when they opened said they thought it was Gladys. No such luck. We had decided after we left there we were definitely in need of a nap before we headed to the rest of our day. More on that later.