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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Staxx for brunch!

On a blustery autumn morning, we made our way down to Staxx Burger, Chicken and Waffle House. We had heard rumours of a bountiful all you can Sunday brunch. The rumours weren't wrong.
Pic from http://www.hamiltonbusiness.com/
We were the first in the doors at 11 a.m. (the door was actually unlocked for us!).  We were greeted by one of the owners with a smile and cheer.  We were immediately brought brewed coffee.  It was nothing to write home about, but it was of a fine strength and brewed well.

Cajun spice dusted chips
Right after ordering, we were brought amazing homemade chips, taken up a level by being dusted with Cajun spice. They were perfectly crispy and had a great burn that hit 20 seconds after you are done eating. We thought this treat to be indicative of great service - which it was - however, since our brunch took 30 minutes to hit our table, feeding us chips was a great way to keep us happy until the main event.
All-you-can-eat brunch, with the meat left off, by request
Ms. HitH ordered the all-you-can-eat brunch, which featured your choice of eggs, hash browns, sausage and bacon, and, of course, waffles.  She decided to try the eggs benedict.  Given her vegetarian leanings, she asked not to have the bacon and sausage.  After the order went to the kitchen, the owner came back to ask if she wanted the peameal on my eggs.  When she said she was going to give it to Mr. HitH, he said they would be happy to just put it on his plate.  That is impressive service.  The hash browns were crispy, but could have been improved with some of the cajun spice put on the chips. The eggs benedict was, of course, served on a waffle instead of toast.  It is an interesting change.  The waffle is much spongier which makes a tremendous change in the texture of the dish - and not for the better, in our opinion. However, the indents in the waffles are perfect for soaking up egg yolk from the perfectly poached eggs and hollandaise.  We found the hollandaise bland, but we do have to take into account that we asked for the peameal to be removed, which would definitely affect the saltiness.  The waffles were perfection.  We were happy to pay extra for real maple syrup and it is so worth it.  Their waffles are just a touch sweet, cooked to just the right crispness and worth the trip.
All-you-can-eat brunch with chicken added

Mr. HitH also got the all-you-can-eat and then added all you can eat fried chicken for $2.00.  Instead of eggs benedict, he had scrambled eggs. They were not the most dleicious of breakfast eggs, and were in fact rather flat and uninspriing. He found the sausage and bacon to be prepared well and perfectly adequate additions to the meal, he enjoyed his waffles - but he was in heaven when he got to his fried chicken.  The chicken at Staxx is so well made. The crispy coating crunches in perfect harmony with the moist chicken underneath. It comes with buffalo style hot sauce that we have been told, on previous visits, is housemade and we both find it delicious. The entire dish is perfectly conceived and executed. Mr. HitH is also happy to report that he has, he believes, come up with the optimal way to consume Staxx's chicken. Here are his instructions.:
  • First drench your chicken in maple syrup. 
  • A pool of maple syrup will form on your plate. Allow the syrup to soak into your chicken for at least 2 minutes. 
  • Then, rip apart your chicken,re-dipping into the maple syrup and then give a quick dip into the hot sauce. 
    • Do not over soak in the hot sauce. That would result into a mouthful that is all heat, no sweet. 
Fried chicken and hot sauce

In summary, Ms. HitH would definitely return for brunch, but instead of getting all-you-can-eat (which is a STEAL at $10.99), she would order one of the specific waffle dishes.  Strawberry dreams, I'm looking at you.  Mr. HitH would get the all-you-can-eat + chicken, just to keep eating Staxx's incredible fried chicken over.  And over.  And over.

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