Scout Notes: If you've made the trip to this eponymous Atlanta institution, you know all about th...If you've made the trip to this eponymous Atlanta institution, you know all about the crispy fried chicken, the buttery waffles, and the glorious result of combining the two. And if you haven't, it's time to jump aboard the train (the Midnight Train, that is) and cross this delicious staple off the ol' bucket list.
Even though Gladys Knight's Signature Chicken & Waffles has been serving Atlanta its delicious Southern comfort fare since the late '90s, it's one of those places that truly feels like it's been here for decades. Perhaps it's the framed black and white photos of music icons adorning the walls, the warm Southern hospitality from the moment you walk in the door... and the fact that the restaurant's namesake dish dates back to the roarin' 20's. Yup, there's history behind that delectable plate of sweet 'n savory: during the Harlem Renaissance, jazz artists left their gigs in the wee hours and wanted a meal that hit the spot somewhere in between dinner and breakfast. Thus, chicken and waffles were born, and you don't even have to be a jazz musician or a late-night diner to enjoy them. Though I do have a feeling that the Midnight Train might just be the perfect ending to a long night... and lucky for fellow night owls, the restaurant stays open til 4 a.m. on weekends.
Of course, the menu is chock-full of other options, too: the simply-named #9, shrimp and grits, gravy-smothered chicken, and brown sugar salmon are smash hits. The restaurant's even added some lighter, healthier items... but haven't you heard? Calories don't count when consumed at a cultural landmark. Get yourself to this slice of history, go all out, and go to town on some of the Empress of Soul's hearty fare. It'll be music to your tastebuds.
Midnight Train, $10.50
The #9, $8.50
Shrimp & Grits, $11.50
Smothered Chicken, $14.25
Brown Sugar Salmon, $14.50
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.