Raleigh: Anyone been to chicken and waffles off 440, Mr Wonderful's
I need the scoop, is it worth the drive from the exact opposite side of 440? Compare to Dame's at all in any way?
The food had better be good because the website and menu (both for Ohio & NC) are a flat-out train wreck, both in terms of design and spelling. Still, the food itself sounds interesting.
I was in the neighborhood and gave them a try.
They are just east of I-440 on the north side of New Bern. If you pass the Popeye's heading east you've gone too far.
First off the waffle aroma was great. But I'm not really into chicken and waffles so I took a pass on them...
I ordered fried chicken, mac & cheese and greens. The large pieces of chicken were fine. Not the best rendition but fine. Mac & cheese was like a drier stove top version rather than a creamier baked casserole. Ok but not something I would get again. The greens were excellent. Well flavored and made with smoked turkey rather than pork. I also ordered banana pudding which had a very fluffy cool whip consistency. I would pass on it in the future.
Turns out the owners live in Raleigh hence the new location. Service was friendly, atmosphere clean, bright strip center decor. Music was a bit loud.
The fried fish dinners I saw had large portions and were greeted with gusto. Main dishes are made to order and the side dishes are kept in steam trays.
I did try their "come to Jesus" (?) sauce. it is quite thick, sweet with a little kick. Quite unusual and tasty.
Based solely on this one experience I don't think it is worth a long drive. I think it is worth further investigating if you are in the area.
From what I've seen on their website and from chatting with the staff this is a family owned two location business. The original is in Ohio and the Raleigh location opened since the owners wished to relocate.
No sign of it being franchised...Rather like Mami Nora's...a small business which has been successful enough to open a new location.