Mama E’s Wings & Waffles
Address: 3838 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone: (405) 424-0800
Known For: Chicken & Waffles
What I had: Fried Chicken, Waffle, Mac & Cheese, Cornbread, Dinner Roll & Chocolate Cake
Rating: 8 out of 10
Don’t be put off by the location or the look of this place. Yeah it’s way out of the way and yeah it’s in a shady neighborhood and yeah you’d probably drive by this shack if it weren’t for the packed parking lot out front but there is good reason people come here.
Their menu is basically a choice of whatever 2 meats they have that day (fried chicken, livers, catfish, etc.) , choice of 3 sides (mac & cheese, greens, cabbage, okra, etc), roll or cornbread, dessert and all you can drink Kool-Aid or the Wings & Waffle plate which comes with a side, a roll or cornbread, dessert and all you can drink Kool-Aid. Let me tell you it was a hard choice but I ended up going with the staple, Wings & Waffle plate. I got mac & cheese as my side (another hard choice), chocolate cake for dessert (there was also lemon cake) and opted out of the Kool-Aid.
The Wings & Waffle plate was cooked to order (as opposed to the other plates which are already cooked) and came out piping hot, and I mean piping. While waiting for my chicken to cool down I dove into the mac & cheese and it was delicious. I loved the shell pasta and it was especially creamy. The dinner roll and cornbread (I paid an extra quarter for both) were just what you’d expect.
The fried chicken was great, it somehow managed to be “light” and sort of airy, it’s hard to explain. It didn’t have any greasy quality to it but it was still delicious. My only complaint is that it’s just wings, no leg, no thigh and no breast. I would have loved a thigh or a breast from them. Still very tasty though. The waffle on the other hand was absolutely amazing, best waffle I’ve ever had, period. The big deep groves of this light and fluffy wonder were the perfect vehicle for the butter and syrup.
The chocolate cake was a let down. You can tell this is an afterthought in their cooking. It was practically flavorless and very dry. In all likelihood it was store bought and a few days ago at that.
The owners are terrific and the staff is great. They’re constantly talking it up with the patrons and are very helpful and accommodating. Peek your head into the kitchen if you dare, it’s quite a site. That is a true “Southern” kitchen, you can tell they cook fried chicken from open to close every day there. This is quite an experience and something that you must try if you’re anywhere nearby.
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Sep 4, 2009 @ 17:26