When my pal Marcus notified me that of all places, Inman Square’s Tupelo landed a top spot on the Thrillist’s list of best places to eat chicken and waffles, I decidedly agreed to throw away all calorie cares and accept his invitation to be the judge of that accolade myself. Marcus is one of the many awesome additions that will be bonded to my family for life once my twinnie and her beau Kevin get hitched this October. I am not only super psyched that she will be uniting our family with an equally awesome family, I am honored. I have developed amazing friendships with the Chan clan men and at this point, can’t really imagine life without them.
Tom Foolery occurs when you ask Mr. E or Marv to take a picture for you
All smiles // Getting a little desperate for chicken
One good lookin’ menu // Kev’s Fireside Chat (another 21st Amendment winner)
Chicken and waffle graveyard
The combination of the chicken and waffles is a delight for anyone who loves mixing sweet and savory – like chocolate covered pretzels on speed. At no point in the meal did I feel weighed down by the fried chicken or the sweet bourbon syrup. My only complaint was that the chicken, while crispy and delicious with the waffle, lacked some seasoning and was a tad dry on its own. I overlooked some of the moisture issues because in all forms, the restaurant combined the chicken with a waffle smeared in spiced whipped cream and syrup or smothered it in some kind of gravy.
I rarely seek out fried chicken as a meal on its own, so I have no problem with Tupelo as a restaurant. They offered a wide array of standard brunch and southern staples that I’m dying to get back there to try.
1193 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone number (617) 868-0004
The hip new Kirkland Tap and Trotter, mason jar utensil holders included!
Where it all goes down.
It’s no secret I’m a very big fan of Craigie on Main. When I heard chef owner Tony Maws was embarking on more casual dining, I was pretty pumped. The Craigie family described it as food Tony would make at home.
I have a deep appreciation for dishes that trick you into thinking they’re simple, when in fact the flavors are more complex than that high school physics equation that still has you scratching your head. A prime example of this was the spaghetti with chicken liver and pumpkin. This innocuous little dish made its shy way in front of me. After first bite, I wanted to dive into that assertive liver filled pumpkin and just live there forever and always. That chicken liver flavor was so divine, any Jewish grandma would have had her socks knocked off.
We’re here! Pony Bandit, which tastes dangerously like a grownup snow cone.
Some very polite and crusty bread
Beet and Puy Lentil Salad Bershire Blue cheese, frisee
Housemade Spaghetti chicken liver cream, pumpkin, brown butter
Roasted hen with a plethora of mushrooms (including my fave maiitake)
Sweet potato cake with candied pecans and maple ice cream
Fig bread pudding
Peace out T-Maws!
Mr. E and I were seated at the garde manger station, which is a real delight on its own. I love being able to catch glimpses of food prep. Based on some of my observations, it appears the restaurant hasn’t exactly reached the seamless orchestration that Craigie has achieved, but I have no doubt it will soon finds its rhythm.
The Kirkland Tap and Trotter
425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143