The Burnet side of Northcross Mall switches tenants faster than Lewis Hamilton loops the F1 track. Before the holidays, I was seeking to try a new oldskool burger place over there, and it was already gone! However, in my burgerless stupor, I discovered Wild Chix & Waffles and stopped in for a try.
The sign for Wild Chix & Waffles adorning the façade—a cartoony thing in traditional bright fast-food colors—did not prepare me for my entry. Inside, the place is a hipsterish, design-forward, murals-on-the-wall hang out. The expectation versus the reality was a nice moment of surrealism, a mini Meow Wolf at the mini-mall. As it turns out, in support of Superstring Theory, two places occupy the same space: Wild Chix (high-energy cartoony fast-casual food) and The Factory (low-energy hipster handout). Wild Chix is essentially the cookery for The Factory.
Once I understood my place in the multiverse, I ordered the “What the Cluck” (maple-glazed fried chicken, fried egg, bacon, American cheese, and siracha mayo lovingly sandwiched between two waffles). The dish paraded a pleasant combination of sweet and savory with a healthy dose of southern comfort washed down with a latte. While not exactly health food, the proprietor, Wendy Wu, uses fresh, not frozen, ingredients in her fare. Other flirty tongue-in-chicken-cheek choices are the “Don’t Tell Mama” (fried chicken, slaw, and “don’t tell mama” sauce between waffles), the “Strip Cheese” (a triple layered grilled cheese with jalapenos between waffles), and “TLC – Tender Loving Chix” (straight-up chicken tenders). The Chix also serves up a waffle burger, desert waffles, waffle nachos, and a “Hippie Chix” salad. They also provide an array of coffee bevs as well as some beer and wine.
Although a bit strange at first, Wild Chix/The Factory is there to meet your needs. Need a waffle burger? Need a coffee and a place to chill? Need a glass of orange juice and a game of checkers with your kid? Need to share champagne with friends to celebrate a mid-term election victory? Need a cup of late-night ceremonial-grade matcha green tea latte to quietly contemplate what has gone wrong with your life? Well, then: This is your place!
web&where: interwebs; 7714 burnet road; (512) 888-9766
overall: * (food*; drink*; atmosphere**; service*; instagrammability**)
– meh [think twice]
* OK [it’ll get the job done]
** good [solid neighborhood joint]
*** damn good [we’ll definitely be back]
**** yippity-yikes that was amazeballs [fantastic; one of the best]
***** holy sh!t [transcendental; best of the best]
I wrote this review for the Allandale Neighbor
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