Texans, Southerners, and hell…most people love “home cookin’ ” type restaurants. Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Dumplings, etc….. fried…gravy…you get the idea..
So while traveling through Pantego, I saw this NOW OPEN sign on a place called Country Kitchen. It was early breakfast time…so this sounded perfect.
It’s a family run business and the location is large and very clean and home-y. The staff were polite enough – but very straight forward. Polite but not quite friendly I would say.
We were seated and given menus. Service is a little on the slow side. I keep reminding myself that the sign outside said NOW OPEN, so maybe they are still working out the kinks of opening a new place.
The Chicken Fried Steak (shown above) was very hit and miss. The mashed potatoes were light and fluffy, but it and the ‘steak was smothered in some very generic gravy. The Chicken Fried Steak itself tasted like the frozen kind I could get at the store and make myself. Not a good sign.
We moved on to their version of Chicken ‘n’ Waffles.
The chicken was…again…something close to what I could pick up from the frozen food aisle. These didn’t taste bad…just not fresh or made to order.
The waffle, on the other hand, was super-light…fluffy with a little bit of crispness to the edges….EXACTLY the kind of waffle you want. It was sooooo good, actually.
The absolute best part of the entire meal. Unfortunately as a whole, I didn’t enjoy the experience enough to make it my new comfort food go-to place. Your experience may differ.