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Gussie's Chicken & Waffles finally makes its San Francisco debut

After more than a few delays, Gussie's Chicken & Waffles finally made its debut this weekend.

Chef/owner Michele Wilson, a Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle alum, took over the old Powell's Place space on Eddy Street in San Francisco's Fillmore District, and as can be surmised from the name, it is serving up Southern-style chicken and waffles (bonus: a sample menu can be perused right here, courtesy of Thrillist).

The famed Roscoe's of Los Angeles is the highlight on her resume, and though the execution is yet to be seen, Gussie's has already become the darling of the town.

After all, the formula here—comfort food plus lowish prices (nothing over $16)—is the kind that both San Francisco diners and media get all hyped up on.

It has plenty of room for 100 plus folks to sit in a warmly lit dining room with a flat-screened bar, and sun-drenched front patio perfect for getting fat on the sidewalk dining al fresco.

Gussie's menu features several types of homemade waffles -- buckwheat, banana pecan, sweet potato, and buttermilk -- the latter two of which are served with up to half a succulent n' crispy fried chicken and smothered in gravy and onions (optional).

While the former go better with fresh fruit and maple syrup, according to the menu.

Fried bird also comes flanked by any number of savory sides, including black-eyed peas, candied yams, collard greens, grits. While big ol' specialty sandos include Louisiana fried catfish or red snapper on a fresh roll with veggies and house-made tartar.

Rounding out the menu's a bevy of choice dessert options, ranging from banana pudding with Nilla wafers, to a chocolate/Kahlua/coffee bundt cake, to a cream cheese frosted red velvet cake. The opening comes after two delays.

1521 Eddy Street, The Fillmore
Phone: 415-409-2529
Status: Opened this weekend.

Eater SF and Thrilist contributed to this story.

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