Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood

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2009/01/07 09:13:16 (permalink)

Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood

We went to Moe's Chicken & Waffles in Fontana for lunch yesterday, and, except for a couple of minor items, we couldn't have been happier. I'll bullet point from the beginning:

Service: Nita runs a very attentive, clean and friendly front of house. I felt like family, and I mean that in a non-dysfunctional family sort if way. Y'know, one of those families that actually get along with each other. Total time from ordering to sloppin the trough was 20 minutes, but we got there between 10:30 and 11am.

My order: The 5 piece plate of smothered chicken with two sides, which were red beans and rice and a waffle.

The chicken: Cooked and seasoned perfectly. The first things I looked for were how the white meat came out and whether the drumstick had any rare meat near the bone. Like I said, perfectly cooked, not greasy. This chicken was goooooood. The gravy didn't impress me. It was too yellow, which to me means it was what I call  "packet gravy". It did have onions in it, which helped a little. I like a milk gravy on my chicken, just like both my Southern grandmothers used to make. I won't be ordering anything smothered again. The chicken gets 5 of 5 stars, the gravy 2.

The sides: The red beans were somewhat underwhelming in their blandness. It's not that they weren't good, but I'm used to red beans done in the Southern Louisiana style. They had chunks of meat in them though, that's always welcome.

The waffle: Just a darn good, perfectly cooked waffle, and they don't scrimp on the butter, so if you don't like that on your waffle (like I don't), be sure to tell them to hold the butter.

I also more than sampled some of the sides ordered by my two dining companions:

The candied yams: Holy moly, if I could marry those yams I would, and I'd live in eternal wedded bliss for the rest of my life. I'm so glad one of the gals got full on her other food before she could get to her yams, because that meant I got to scarf most of them down. These were perfection. Don't ask what's in them, because they'll have to kill you if they tell you. It's a secret.

The greens: Once again, the best I've ever eaten. Meaty, irony and rich. And they're good for you.

Some of the items I was too full to try this time: Homemade peach cobbler, 7-Up cake, mac & cheese..... next time maybe, and there will be a next time.

This place is a welcome gem in an area sorely bereft of decent soul food. I love the fact that I don't have to drive to L.A. now to stick the soul food needle in my arm.... it's a short 4 mile drive from my home now.


Moe's Chicken & Waffles
13819 Foothill Blvd
Fontana, CA 92335
(909) 574-6637
http://www.moeschickenandwaffles.com/index.html

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    Foodosaurus
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:20:16 (permalink)
    Sounds great!    No pictures????
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:21:09 (permalink)
    I never take pictures. I paint word pictures.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:21:56 (permalink)
    I see they pay homage on their web site to the place that claims to have been serving chicken and waffles since the 1930's...Wells' in Harlem. I always wanted to go there but never did. They closed up a few years ago after 75 or so years of business. It is hard to find a good version these days...at least in my part of the world.

    Your meal sounds great. 


    enginecapt

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    Yes you do!
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    enginecapt
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:27:50 (permalink)
    I was having to drive in to L.A. for this fare, to Roscoe's. Now all I have to do is talk these people into improving their gravy and adding gizzards and banana pudding, and it'll be perfect. But that quick 4 mile drive almost makes up for the minor shortfalls.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:40:42 (permalink)
    Thanks for the report and excellent description of this place.  It sounds wonderful.  If you do try the homemade peach cobbler, please give us an update.  I will definitely be eating here my next time in the area.
     
    One question.....  If The Traveling Man stops in, will he be able to chicken & pancakes?
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:45:38 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Thanks for the report and excellent description of this place.  It sounds wonderful.  If you do try the homemade peach cobbler, please give us an update.  I will definitely be eating here my next time in the area.
     
    One question.....  If The Traveling Man stops in, will he be able to chicken & pancakes?


    No matter...I heard they'll be closed what ever time or day he gets there. 
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 09:51:30 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Thanks for the report and excellent description of this place.  It sounds wonderful.  If you do try the homemade peach cobbler, please give us an update.  I will definitely be eating here my next time in the area.
     
    One question.....  If The Traveling Man stops in, will he be able to chicken & pancakes?


    You're welcome. This place is popular, and lunch and suppertime can present some long waits for food, as each order is cooked as it comes in. They suggest phoning in your order about 30 minutes prior to showing up during peak hours. Or just do like we did and get there before the crowds.


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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 10:56:08 (permalink)

     Jack,  Welcome back, we've missed your input on the Inland Empire Scene!! Janet lived for several years just off Foothill west of Cherry in one of the old stucco's set back in the trees there. Boy that west-side piece of Foothill has really changed from the old 'Fontucky' image !!

    Glad to have your input, keep 'em coming !
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 11:04:48 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Thanks for the report and excellent description of this place.  It sounds wonderful.  If you do try the homemade peach cobbler, please give us an update.  I will definitely be eating here my next time in the area.
     
    One question.....  If The Traveling Man stops in, will he be able to chicken & pancakes?


    I'll have you know that there is now a new trend spreading across Kansas City - and it was all started by me.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 11:06:07 (permalink)
    Hi Al. What I like about the stretch of Foothill between Citrus and Etiwanda to the West are the many old buildings still standing and in use that date back to the heyday of Route 66. Believe it or not, there are even a couple of old, vintage motor courts still in operation along that stretch.

    I'll have more classic roadfood joints to report on from this area.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 11:12:04 (permalink)
    I love chicken and waffles.

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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 11:20:22 (permalink)
    Now you have another place to visit the next time you fly into ONT.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 11:54:13 (permalink)
    Wish I could get that $5.99 lunch special here!

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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 12:06:28 (permalink)
    One doesnt need pictures when the author is descriptive-dont get me wrong-love the pictures, too!
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 12:35:42 (permalink)
    Excellent!  I might give it a try next time I'm inbetween Palm Springs and LA.

    I usually stop at Joey's on Foothill but this sounds like I'd like it.

    Your word pictures are perfect for me except for this one.  I'm seeing mustard all over the chicken. ;)

    Thanks!
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/01/07 13:08:49 (permalink)
    enginecapt

    I never take pictures. I paint word pictures.


    And those words were well-painted!  Sorta like a mural!  Thanks, really enjoyable! 
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/04/21 21:59:53 (permalink)
    As a native of the Route 66 city of Pasadena, I've traveled along Route 66 since the late 1950s with my parents and since then on my own or with wife and children in tow, Route 66 has had a few changes of routes in the Pasadena and L A area since that time but the route east of Monrovia towards San Bernadino and the desert remains the same. Dowtown San B'Doo where the first Mickey Dee's opened up is nostalgic.  I have eaten at this Fontana Waffles and Chicken and agree that it's pretty good, however I still like Roscoe's better when going to the Hollywood location late, late at night because of the unbeatable ambience. The other locations are not quite as good.
     
    The Foothill Freeway, the 210 now cuts through the San Gabriel mountains all the way to I-15, but when not in a hurry, I prefer the longer scenic Route 66
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/12/14 02:32:03 (permalink)
    Now closed. Dammit.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/12/14 08:07:21 (permalink)
    Well.....may not be too helpful but only 5 hours away is some of the best chicken and waffles you'll find at Lo-Lo's in Phoenix, Arizona.
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    Re:Chicken & waffles on Route 66 in Fontana.... now that's roadfood 2009/12/14 21:49:38 (permalink)
    Boy I love fried chicken and I love good soulfood sides but the waffle part of it just doesn't appeal. I'll take biscuits instead.
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