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  • Doversoul Oct 12, 2005 10:34 PM
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According to a just viewed episode of FTV'S Good Eats, Kidney stew on Waffles is a popular dish served in Baltimore. Has anyone seen such an item listed on a menu there? If so, do tell. Sounds perfect on a chilly, damp day with a tall stout!

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  1. It's on a breakfast menu or two, sans waffles, at Rehoboth Beach -- never saw it elsewhere, but I don't spend a lot of time in Baltimore. Wasn't as good as it sounds (some will laugh here, but I'm a kidney fan) the one time I tried it.

    1. I saw that as well and I have never seen it on a menu in Baltimore.

      It is not something I would order, but I think I would have noticed it if it popped up a lot.

      I can confirm we love our fries and gravy (along with crabs and other stuff) but that is new to me.

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      1. re: Tugboat

        KIDNEY STEW AND WAFFFLES ARE A DELIGHT AND MY FAMILY WAS FROM BALITMORE FROM THE ARC AND DOVE. THE KIDNEYS ARE PUT INTO A WHITE SAUSE WITH ONIONS AND DICED POTATOES. THE KIDNEYS ARE BOILED CUT VERY SMALL AND MIXED IN THE WHITE SAUCE. YOU CAN TOP IT WITH A LITTLE HOT SAUSE TO TASTE OR NOT.THEN PUT ON A WAFFLE. GREAT CHRISTMAS MORNING FEAST. MY FAMILY ALWAYS LOOKS FOWARD TO THIS GREAT MEAL. JUST TRY TO GET VEAL KIDNEYS. FROM HURRICANE ALLEY.. HAVE FUN.

      2. I've never seen that on a menu in Baltimore, either. I wonder if it's common in a particular neighborhood?

        1. The episode just re-aired and this factoid caught my attention, since I had never heard of it. Thinking maybe it was before my time, I asked some family members and they hadn't heard of it either. Google has turned up nothing -- other than incredulity from other Baltimoreans and a mention in the Washington Post a few years back by someone in Arlington, VA that her family traditionally had it at Christmas-time. Any chowhounds able to shed some more light on this?

          1. Sorry to drag this one up again, but I recently caught this episode again and caught the factoid for the first time. I was born and raised in NOVA; when I was a kid, 35 years ago, every Sunday morning we would visit my 2nd generation Welsh grandparents at their row house on M Street in Georgetown. My grandmother would serve Kidney Stew for breakfast, she didnt put it over waffles, instead it was served over day-old bread that had been dipped in a pankake like batter that also contained yeast. I could'nt get enough of the stuff. My mother, while not a fan, learned to make it from my grandmother so we continued to enjoy this concotion for years after my grandmothers death. I've made it several times over the years, but you know how it is, aint the same without grandma makin it.

            If anyones interested in how to make this, I can post the recipe.

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            1. re: BBossman1

              just to clear up any confusion it was just repeated today 10/7/08 at 8:50 PM

              1. re: BBossman1

                I would love to get recipe. I especially need the bread recipe.

                Thanks big bro!

              2. Just saw that too. Born and raised in Balto. (and family has been here since 1700's and I have never heard of it.

                1. We would have Kidney Stew in the winter on an occasional Sunday morning, but we had it over biscuits rather than waffles. Although it is a good dish I'd be shocked to find it today on a menu. It may have been offered at Haussner's - they were still serving an excellent terrapin stew up until the 1990s.

                  1. I'm late to the party, but I had the same question and found there's another thread on this topic here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/661549

                    And an article in the Baltimore Sun here: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994...