WALLINGFORD — A chicken and waffle restaurant with other locations in the state recently opened on the town’s east side.
“People appreciate really great food in Wallingford,” said Steven Murray, owner of Cheek’s Chicken & Waffles, which opened its fifth location in a plaza at 822 East Center St.
Murray said some customers like the waffles and the chicken separately, while others prefer the combination of the sweet sugar-laden Liege waffles and the “light crispyness” of the chicken.
The restaurant began serving customers on Feb. 1. A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday.
The menu includes sandwiches, wings, nuggets and side dishes such as fried pickles and mac ‘n’ cheese bites.
Murray rotates between Cheek’s Chicken’s four Connecticut and one New Jersey location.
“It’s good we have new stuff popping up in Wallingford,” said local resident Jake Sizemore as he had lunch with coworkers.
Across the table from Sizemore, Walter Martinez, of Meriden, said he hadn’t had a similar meal outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
“You’ve got to give it a 10, all around,” he said.
Murray said fried chicken and waffles was one of his favorite dishes before he moved to Connecticut from Florida.
“It is huge down South,” he said.
He started with a food truck, which turned into a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Manchester within a year.
Now, he said, “chicken and waffles has become huge.”