Last week I finally made it to The Eagle. This southern comfort hot spot is an absolute go to in OTR. The wait is always a long one but like most places down there, it’s totally worth it. First and foremost, the decor and atmosphere is very cool. It used to be a post office and there are vintage mailboxes that fill parts of the walls. There is a large circular bar in the middle, which opens to both sides of the restaurant, and most of the place is made up of wood and character.
The menu is a la carte and everything is designed to be shared. There were eight of us there that night, therefore we opted for a number of appetizers and sides. First up was the kale and artichoke dip. Awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome. It was creamy and warm and served with tortilla chips. This dish is tied for first in my book as to what is the favorite.
But the real reason you go to The Eagle is for the fried chicken. Nearly all of us ordered the sandwich because what could possibly be disappointing about fried chicken, cole slaw, spicy mayo, and pickles? Exactly. And the sandwich is enormous – definitely needs to be shared. So either split with a buddy there, or plan on taking half home to a roomie. (Or make it your fourth meal. No judgment.)
Back to the sides. We pretty much went the whole hog. Mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, and spoonbread. All were glorious and rich and perfectly southern. However they offered a sample of grits, which are not on the menu yet. These were by far my favorite. The waiter said they are open to suggestions and I made a joke saying add shrimp! I’ve never just had grits as grits but these were unreal. They smoked all other sides and the second they are officially on the menu is the second I’ll be waiting in line to dine.