SOUTHERN CUISINE AT ITS FINEST
Ah, nothing like gathering happy loving people to eat dinner at one of the finest restaurants in your city, right? If you’re from the south, then you know the value of sweet tea with lemon or tropical punch flavored Kool-aid. Both drinks compliment a meal made to stick to your ribs and keep your tummy full all evening. Early February, I definitely had the pleasure of chowing down one of the most satisfying southern dishes that not only stayed glued to my bones but planted itself in my brain.
After a forty minute drive, we finally arrived at one of the most talked about southern style restaurants in town. When we walked up to the building, I could instantly feel my stomach tightening. All day long, I ate light to save room for what would ALWAYS be the response to my common question, “what’s for dinner?”.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is more than a restaurant delivering exquisite cuisine that reminds you of your mother’s or grandma’s cooking. It’s a place that offers you a seat at the table to embark down a road of literally tasting their family history with recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Every popular soul food dish you would think of is served here. From shrimp and grits to BBQ hot link sandwiches, you’ll think you’ve been transported to a southern mother’s kitchen. Let me describe what I ordered at Lo-Lo’s.
Lo-Lo’s Hood Classics: Tre-Tre’s
On our way to the booth, we ventured down a runway of friendly faces. Not only did customers smile kindly as they consumed their generous meals, the employees were excited to add peace to the experience. The staff greeted us with smiles and culturally creative menus that made anyone grin after reading the first few phrases.
As a first time visitor, I ordered the classic combo chicken and waffles. The meal Tre-Tre’s included two gloriously crispy drumsticks with one fluffy soft waffle. I opted to add two classic southern classic sides, mac ‘n cheese along with collard greens.
When I took my first bite, immediately I was transported to my childhood dinning room table with pigtails in my hair and my mother’s delicious food spread out across the table. Today, Mom still makes this meal and it brings back those good memories with each bite.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles | Tre-Tre’s Meal with Mac n Cheese and Collard Greens
I think it’s quite hard for a restaurant to replicate any dish up to par with your mother’s or any close relative who created a nostalgic eating experience but Lolo’s makes a fine attempt. Obviously I believe my mother is the greatest chef but I was pleasantly surprised how well seasoned yet still traditional each item tasted on my plate.
Pretty big juicy pieces that were perfectly seasoned. Although the recipe is completely hidden, I could taste a bit of cayenne and onion. The skin was thin, crispy and not overwhelming. I appreciate crispy thin chicken skin because you’re teeth quickly sink into the meat.
Seriously, the waffle was true as described, fluffy and lighter than air. The homemade recipe was not too sweet and complimented the savoury chicken for a lovely balance of salty and sweet.
Mac ‘N Cheese
Very creamy and a tasty blend of different cheeses. This was far from the Kraft box, I could tell Lolo’s used REAL cheese and not the powdered/commercial type.
Tender and not salty but very well seasoned. You could tell the greens were slow cooked to enhance the flavor. For extra kick, I always add a few dashes of hot sauce.
Ultimately, my favorite part about eating at Lo-Lo’s was taking in their family history. Literally, you could taste the love in every bite. Food truly brings everyone together and it’s nothing like a good meal to celebrate specific moments in our lives as one.
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What’s a restaurant that reminds you of home or brings back cherished memories?