If every a restaurant had spirit, soul and joy it is Immeasurable Chicken and Waffles. It is located on West Pratt Street, a bit off the beaten path of the downtown restaurant neighborhoods but worth the trip. A Sunday morning jaunt for breakfast with friends proved to be an enjoyable dining experience.
Let me explain the name Immeasurable, it is the name of a gospel group, three young ladies who also happen to own the restaurant and they are its soul. I would also say their catfish platter is immeasurable with the crispy moist filet, the greens, mac and cheese and hush puppies – every thing was perfect on this plate –but I digress. Back to the ladies of Immeasurable, at any given time you will find any one or up to all three of the young ladies on the floor waiting tables. (View the photo slide show HERE)
It must be the spirit of “Holly” Golightly
Immeasurable Chicken and Waffles is a generous space, a big room with booths, counter and tables. As I eyeballed the interior I saw a large poster of Audrey Hepburn in character as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it seemed out of place. When I questioned Victoria (Vicky T) Coleman, one of the Immeasurable singing group, she said it came with the place and they kept it. There is a juxtaposition here but I’m thinking the poster is more a good luck charm for these gals, breakfast being the key word.
A big smile, a warm welcome and how can I help you?
Two tables were pushed together to accommodate our table of six with the option that two more might be joining us. A young lady, our waitress greets us with a big smile, a very warm welcome and how can she help us. It was one of the young ladies from Immeasurable, Vicky T and Yanna (Ponytail) Foster was also waiting tables that morning. Vicky was just as cordial and helpful as anyone could be on a very busy Sunday morning and she impressed not only me but everyone at the table.
Our crew was a mixed bag from two high school students to an executive for a large Maryland corporation. We are and were serious eaters that morning, wanting to try as much as possible – here is our order:
Chicken and Waffles
Wings and Waffles
Fish and Grits
French Toast & Egg
Mac & Cheese
Dirty Island (Ice tea and fruit punch combo-very sweet)
Orange Cranberry Cake
Vicky T thought we had ordered too much and I agree the plates were generous. The skinny one at our table, Michelle, couldn’t let it rest, it was like a gauntlet had been thrown down and she wanted to make sure we finished everything we ordered. Other than a couple crumbs, we rose to the challenge.
Let’s talk about the food
The majority of the recipes are family recipes from Vicky T, Ponytail and Ronnie Brooks the 3rd young lady in the trio. Let me state that family recipes are a good thing and so glad they are willing to share. This isn’t molecular gastronomy here; it is solid home-style food prepared with love and with passion.
As I said earlier, the Catfish platter was number one amongst us with the Chicken and Waffles a close second. The mac and cheese, the greens and the hush puppies were clearly the side favorites.
The chicken and waffles with the savory chicken gravy is great on its own but enhance it with some hot sauce and/or maple syrup. I didn’t taste the French toast but it got raves. There is a lot offered on the menu at fair and reasonable prices not just breakfast food, they offer much more. Here is a link to their menu – click HERE
My only disappointment out of all the glorious food was the home fries; they were lackluster, no flavor. If you like buttery grits they have them though one in our party thought it was a bit too much butter BUT that becomes a personal preference and as they said on Seinfeld, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Special note: There is an AUTOMATIC 15% gratuity added to each check. These gals work hard so pop them an additional 5% when you are there.
I missed meeting Ronnie Brooks the third Immeasurable, had she been there the three young ladies might have popped into song. We got to hear a bit of their music from their CD and their excellent and unique rendition of Amazing Grace. You can hear a couple of songs by Immeasurable at MySpace
Dara’s prediction: You will be hearing more about Immeasurable Chicken and Waffles and the Immeasurable gospel group. I’m surprised the Food Network hasn’t found them yet…they will! They are beautiful, talented and they can cook in all senses of the word.
Immeasurable Chicken and Waffles
1700 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore MD 21223
410 483 8707
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m
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