I’ll have “A Quilted Buttercup,” a maple pecan shmear, chicken cutlet sandwiched between two sweet potato waffles,” Foodie said to the server when he handed us the menus. “Joe, you knew what you were ordering before looking at the menu?” I asked. Joe replied, “It was recommended by the Indy. It was hard to chose between the different options, but I’ll go with this one this time around.”
While waiting for our food, I decided to pick Joe’s brain. “Why chicken and waffles?” To me, and perhaps some other folks, it sounds like an odd combo. Joe explained, “This is classic southern style. Chicken and waffles have the sweet and savory appeal. It is a great texture combination in which the soft, fluffy waffles provide a chewy base for the crispy, juicy chicken.” “Oh, ok, I’m sold! I’m starving! Where’s the food?”
Our server brought us generously sized waffles topped with two pieces of fried chicken, and a shmear. Shmears are made of sweet cream butters, delicately whipped, and are a star feature at Dame’s. They range in mouthwatering flavors from maple pecan, orange honeycomb, chocolate hazelnut and peach and apricot crème. A side comes with each entrée, and we chose green beans and baked beans. Foodie noted, “The green beans have a really good sweet and buttery flavor and the baked beans with a molasses, smoky flavor tasted like they were slowly cooked.
Overall, we were impressed with the food at Dame‘s. Whatever the atmosphere lacked, the quality and taste of the food more than made up for it. The food reflected what we love so much about the Durham restaurant scene which is really fresh, really tasty, home-style cooking. As a health food junkie, typically, I would not go for fried chicken and waffles. However, I really enjoyed my meal. “Mmm,” I say. “Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is finger-licking good.” And as for the Foodie, I mean that literally.
Dame’s Chicken and Waffles
Entrees from $9.25 – $12.25
317 W. Main St.
Durham, NC 27701