Last year, my mother and I ordered take-out from the Waffle Shop in Jackson. Now that restaurants are open for dine-in service, my mother wanted to go back to the Waffle Shop for brunch when my sister Lisa visited us for her birthday. We drove to The Waffle Shop at the Jackson Creek Plaza in the early afternoon on Monday, August 23, which was Lisa’s actual birthday.
My mother talked about ordering pancakes a few days before we went to the restaurant, but once we were inside, she decided to order the Low Fat Breakfast from the Healthy Choice section on the back page of the menu. This breakfast has two Egg Beaters, a cup of fruit, whole-wheat toast, and a choice of turkey bacon or turkey sausage. She chose turkey bacon.
Lisa and I also ordered from the Healthy Choice section. I ordered the Popeye’s Omelette, which comes with sides of cottage cheese and a choice of toast. I asked to replace the cottage cheese with fruit, as I’ve always been creeped out by the texture of cottage cheese, and I ordered an English muffin. Lisa ordered the Kick Starter that comes with a bowl of oatmeal, a cup of fruit, and toast.
We also ordered drinks that came about a minute after we ordered. As soon as we got our drinks, my mother commented on how dirty the table was. Lisa explained that the table wasn’t dirty, but it was old and worn down. The décor, seating, and tables haven’t been updated in years, but the three of us agreed a worn interior and silverware were part and parcel of a greasy spoon restaurant that appeals to some.
About ten minutes later, our server arrived with our plates. My mother asked if I was going to review Lisa’s meal, but Lisa and I said no, with Lisa exclaiming, “I don’t care about his blog!”
The Popeye’s Omelette comes with spinach, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes in an egg white omelet. The vegetables not only spilled out of the large, folded egg but there were also plenty of vegetables sitting on top of the omelet. It was easy to verify that the menu description of the Popeye’s Omelette was accurate.
All the vegetables were firm enough without being soggy, and I could taste the tomatoes, but the rest of the vegetables only added density. The egg whites, as you would expect, didn’t have any taste, either. So, I asked Lisa for the pepper shaker and gave the omelet a coating of black pepper. Much better.
I was pleasantly surprised by the bowl of fruit, which included slices of banana, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and whole red grapes. There was plenty of each type of fruit in the small bowl. Though the melon tasted store-bought, the bananas and grapes were flavorful and a good end to my brunch.
The Low Fat Breakfast looked indistinguishable from a regular bacon-and-eggs breakfast, with two scrambled yellow eggs, four strips of bacon as well as a bowl of fruit. My mother said the eggs tasted just like regular eggs, not imitation ones.
My mother didn’t say much during the meal about the food itself because she was preoccupied with talking to Lisa. She ate her toast, eggs, and fruit in their entirety, but she couldn’t get through all the bacon. She offered me one strip and I gladly accepted. The strip tasted like turkey bacon because it was chewier than pork, but the strip was also cooked all the way through with little fat and the right amount of spices.
Our English Muffin
The sliced English muffin was buttered on both sides and came with one packet of Smucker’s grape jelly and another packet of Smucker’s strawberry jam. I ate only a small piece of the muffin during brunch and took the rest home with me, though I let the restaurant save the sealed jelly and jam packets for another customer.
An English muffin can be hard for me to eat, and that’s especially true with a muffin toasted as well as the Waffle Shop presented. When we got home, I placed the muffins in a sealed plastic bag, put them in the refrigerator, and offered to give my mother one of the slices to have with our dinner the next night. She accepted.
I put the muffin slices in the toaster long enough to warm them up, and my slice tasted just like it did when I had the small piece the previous day. My mother and I agreed that the Waffle Shop toasted the English muffin slices a little too much, but we could still eat through them. There was also plenty of butter through nearly the entire top area of each slice, so they penetrated the muffin and made for a tasty side dish.
I like to write a second review of a restaurant if I’m reviewing something new—new food, a new environment, or both. In this case, this was the first time my mother and I ate inside the Waffle Shop in about two years.
I’m glad I did, and my mother and sister were, too. The meals were filling, and the omelet had enough grease to fulfill that craving. The only caveat we have is about the timing of the service. Like many restaurants, the Waffle Shop doesn’t have enough employees right now, so you may have to wait longer between checks on your table than you’re used to.
Overall, we have a green light for dining in at the Waffle Shop. The price for all three of our meals was a little over $34.00 without a tip. (We left a cash tip on the table.)
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The Waffle Shop is located at 543 South State Highway 49 in Jackson, which is in the Jackson Creek Plaza near the northwest corner of French Bar Road and Highway 49. The restaurant serves waffles, of course, as well as pancakes, French toast, omelets, burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
You can dine or take out for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, and the Waffle Shop is open from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily. View their menu on their website, and you can call them to order and/or ask questions at 209-223-4888.
Amador Business Ticker food reviews are adventures in local dining with Editor Eric Butow and his mom.