The Bay's Best Kept Secret. It was a real delight to finally find this restaurant after we Googled soul food restaurants in the area, especially those that serve chicken with waffles. When we arrived, the spacious and lovely setting, the tranquil atmosphere, the efficient service, the warm ambience and the patient servers really overwhelmed us. The love of my life and I really enjoyed our experience at Gussie's, because in addition to all of these other factors, the food was tasty, well seasoned, well prepared and very substantial. Even the music was wonderful, a constant soulful collection of rhythmic r & b treats that served as a pleasant accompaniment to the huge breakfast we ordered. We both were stuffed but couldn't stop eating until we cleared our plates. The chicken was crispy on the outside, but meaty and tender on the inside, with great attention to details on how we each wanted our eggs, waffles and hot chocolate done. It is the perfect place, both romantic yet comfortable, and well patronized by the many who entered while we were dining. We highly recommend this restaurant.
Yum, how can you go wrong with fried chicken and waffles!?.
OMG, I've never had chicken and waffles together before but now I can't believe I didn't.
The chicken was amazing- the perfect amount of crispness, and perfect amount of juiciness! Paired up with the perfect sized waffle that was perfectly cooked and so good it almost didn't even need any syrup other than the fact that I just love syrup.............The portions were a good size and I was full halfway but I kept on eating, because it was too good to stop really.
In addition, the grits were good, as were the fried catfish!!! And the soju cocktail shots were really quite flavorful, but be careful as a few of those and you won't be able to drive home!
Service is great, the staff is super friendly and nice, and even on a midweek evening, the place is busy, despite the current economy which tells you something especially about a new restaurant.
Sweet southern specialties served until the wee hours.. From an alumni of Roscoe's in LA--the French Laundry of chicken and waffles--Gussie's serves that Southern delicacy and other soul food to a packed house into the wee hours. With a warm, proper, if still no frills dining room, Gussie's is--sorry--more gussied-up than most chicken-and-waffles joints, nice enough for a dinner date but not too fancy for a post-bar grubdown. The waffles come in four varieties (classic buttermilk, cornmeal, banana pecan and even vegan buckwheat), while the chicken is fried white or dark meat. It's not quite Roscoe's--the chicken isn't as crispy, the waffles not as thick and fluffy--but then again no place is, and if that combo sounds daunting there's a long menu of down-home dishes to choose from: fried okra, cheese grits, fried red snapper, and the like. Immensely popular with both nearby neighbors and recent converts to the chicken-and-waffles way of life, Gussie's seems to have filled a niche in this city, and is breathing new life into the Fillmore district.