August 8, 2008

Melba's - Chicken and Waffles in Harlem

MelbasSo I'm not ashamed to admit that I decided to go to Melba's after seeing her on "Throwdown with Bobby Flay." I watch that show every week and get inspired to go explore some of the local favorites showcased.

Say what you want to say about Bobby Flay- but he's bringing food to the masses and there's nothin wrong with that.

A while back I took the subway up to 116th on the west side to go see what Melba's was about. What I found was a modern setting serving up southern comfort food. The restaurant was basically a square dining room with dark lighting and sleek finishes - trendy, romantic and comforting all at the same time. Interesting combination, but it succeeds in making me feel right at home.

Of course I ordered the chicken and waffles, and my boyfriend ordered... the meatloaf.

...So my opinion is that when you go to a restaurant famous for one dish, you order that dish!

...And yes, my boyfriend ended up ordering two dinners. Another chicken and waffles please?

The chicken and waffles were crispy, a perfect mixture of salty and sweet. While the chicken was good, I have to say the waffles were better. All in all, not bad for chicken and waffles, but I'll have to try Slyvia's before I make my final recommendation.

One tip - don't leave Melba's without getting the red velvet cake. Simply one the of best renditions I have ever tasted.

And if you're lucky you'll get a Melba sighting just like I did. What a warm and wonderful lady.

300 W. 114th St. New York, NY

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