The Wandering Goose Capitol Hill
sum up: Bring on the biscuits at this stick-to-your ribs, Southern comfort spot. With a pastry counter piled high with baked goodness, prepare to stuff yourself like a Christmas goose.
looks: As adorable as a children's book. Considering owner Heather Earnhardt penned one sharing the cafe's name--quotes are etched into the wood tables--cuteness is expected. Flour-bag lampshades, honey-jar-lined walls, and church-pew seating add to the countrified charm.
ambiance: Everyone from kids to grandmas to canoodling couples commune at this daytime-only spot.
In an era where fried chicken sammies are as ubiquitous as grilled cheese, the Wandering Goose's stands above the rest. This blue ribbon-worthy beauty boasts deboned chicken thighs, pickles, a buttery biscuit, and a mustard honey sauce, sourcing the golden goods from rooftop bees. Truly The Best I've Ever Tasted!
A pan-seared pork loin hides in this homey bowl of North Carolina's Boonville grits. Comforting, but a bit bland, so don't hesitate to hot sauce it up.
Care for a smoke? These collard greens are bacon-packed, with just the right mix of tangy n' sweet.
At Wandering Goose, the baked goods are big, both in size and swagger. Clockwise from the right, the moist Ginger Pear Cake screams spice while the Cardamon Blueberry Bundt wallops with cardamon. Burnt out by bacon? The Chicken Cracklin' cookie takes the salty n' sweet trend to a new level, with chicken skin baked in a toffee cookie. So rich it begs to be shared.
sip: A rotating drink menu prevents beverage boredom. On the left, the Mango Habanero Lassi is equally spicy and soothing while the fresh-squeezed Carrot, Beet, Apple makes the all-fried lunch less naughty. Pair your pastries with a cup o' Caffe Vita.
don't miss: Fried-Chicken Fridays. From 5pm and on, Meat & Three Sides for just $19.