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Krispy’s Fried Chicken and Seafood(It’s All About the Chicken and Waffles)

19 Sep

If there’s one thing that will keep me motivated on a 20 mile run it’s the thought of enjoying a plate of chicken and waffles afterwards. Until recently it was hard to find this opulent soul food combination in Wichita, but Krispy’s Fried Chicken and Seafood has changed that. This small restaurant is located on south Hillside just north of 31st St and specializes in a simple menu full of fried goodness.

Sadly many people are not familiar with or are turned off at the notion of feasting on fried chicken and waffles served together in a magical syrupy harmony. Let me tell you, it is a wondrous mix of sweet and savory that pleases the soul. The combination of a quality waffle, crispy fried bone-in chicken, and syrup is tough to beat when you are looking to splurge.

Syrupy Soul Food

Syrupy Soul Food

Krispy’s has a small interior with only a few tables and on our visit it seemed like they did more carryout business than dine-in. The main feature of the menu is of course the fried chicken that is available in 2 piece to 24 piece options. Chicken and waffle combos, tenders, fried steak, hot wings, and gizzards round out the poultry offerings. As the “Seafood” part in their name implies they serve fried shrimp and catfish as well as sides that include fries, O-rings, okra, mashed potatoes, and a salad that looks terribly out of place on this menu and probably isn’t a top seller. For dessert there is ice cream and brownie bites, both in fried form. The prices at Krispy’s are rock bottom with two pieces of chicken and a waffle costing about $4. You can buy the 24 piece meal for $27.

On our visit, we ordered two chicken and waffle meals, a side of sweet potato fries, and

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

a banana waffle for a our son. The sweet potato fries were average, while crisp they lacked any seasoning. The banana waffle on the other hand was quite delicious. It had a slightly crunchy exterior and great banana flavor. Of course the chicken and waffle meal was the highlight of our lunch. The fried chicken was tasty. The breading was not overly seasoned or greasy, while the meat remained moist. The waffle was delicious as well with a slightly cinnamon flavor. With a packet of syrup drizzled over both the chicken and the waffle it was the perfect combination of salty and sweet soul food.

Krispy’s fills a much needed void for a local fried chicken place. While their menu is nothing fancy they do a good job serving solid and affordable comfort food.


Krispy’s Fried Chicken & Seafood on Urbanspoon

Fat Ernie’s (A Lenten Special)

15 Mar

Going down our list of options for a Friday in Lent, the iconic Fat Ernie’s came up. This southside diner is classic Americana pure and simple. Fat Ernie’s longtime location is way down there at 2806 S. Hydraulic, where they are known for daily all you can eat specials and possibly the largest selection of pies in Wichita.

Fittingly, Fridays are all you can eat fried catfish, which makes it a popular destination during Lent.  It had been several years since we had been to the diner, but it appears that little has changed there, except for the addition of a Bar and Grill next door. Since Fat Ernie’s does not serve alcohol you have the option of going into the separate bar and having your food delivered through a window that links the two establishments.

Classic Lenten Comfort Food

Ernie’s has plenty of seating inside the no frills dining area, where the daily specials are proudly listed on the wall. It was nice to see that they had not given into the large TV craze like so many other restaurants. The only set in sight was small, fuzzy and looked out of place perched atop of  a fridge. The menu at Ernie’s is straightforward with just about every comfort food you can think of from meatloaf to salmon patties to chicken fried steak. They even have a food challenge in the “Belly Buster Burger”. Nothing like downing a full pound of meat with bacon and cheese  as well. Both of us ordered the catfish meal which comes with “your choice of potato”. If you think that sounds rather ambiguous just go ahead and order any type of potato dish you can think of, chances are they will probably have it. We ordered mashed and fries for our “potato”. The meal also comes with homemade rolls, a salad, and a small plate of canned vegetables. On a side note Fat Ernie’s may be the only place in town that serves its salads in retro wooden bowls. They are very classy looking.

The Retro Salad: Was This Picture Taken in 1978 or 2012?

Although the sides were nothing spectacular, the catfish nuggets were pretty solid. The batter was light, crunchy and well seasoned. And the fish pieces were large enough that they were not dried and crispy after being fried. Served with a jug of homemade tartar sauce they were a guilty treat.

Fat Ernie’s is one of a few classic diners that still exist in Wichita and for that reason it should be given some respect. They may not serve the best food in town, but there is good comfort food to be found there. If large all you can eat dinners of fried catfish and chicken fried steak are not your cup of tea, you can at least stop by for some homemade pie.

Fat Ernie’s Website

Fat Ernies Family Dining on Urbanspoon


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