Chef’s House

Review by: Michael Stern

There really is a chef at The Chef’s House, an incongruously cute little pink home on a harsh commercial city thoroughfare. George Darko is the man at the stove. The lunch-only restaurant he and his wife, Tammie, opened in 2005 shows off his skills in a short buffet of from-scratch fare that meets high standards of soul food cooking at its finest.

Fried chicken comes encased in a rugged gold crust that really does want to melt in your mouth. About a dozen pieces are brought to the buffet at a time, hot from the fry kettle, virtually greaseless and yet succulent beyond description. Alongside the chicken are always a couple of other entrees: baked tilapia most days, and sensationally good honey-glazed salmon on Thursday (which also is fried pork chop day). I even like Chef Darko’s spaghetti & meatballs, a very non-Italian creation of big soft noodles, chewy little spheres of ground beef, and a simple, sweet tomato sauce that brings the two elements together in happy harmony.

Gotta love the house motto: Small Place, BIG Taste!

What To Eat

Fried Chicken

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Greens

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Cornbread

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Peach Cobbler

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Chef’s House Recipes

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