The owner of Redding's Restaurant, Chef Carl Redding, stands by his accusations that IHop's new dish is soul-less take on soul food.
MAYS LANDING — Set up right outside the International House of Pancakes parking lot in Mays Landing — across the street from the Hamilton Mall; about a 10 minute drive from Atlantic City — Chef Carl Redding and the GM of his Atlantic City restaurant location, Don Silas, prepared free plates of the Redding's signature dish "Chicken and Waffles" for the dozens of people who either came out to support the soul food restaurant, or folks just passing by.
Why was Redding out there on a Thursday at noon, with a generator, two griddles, a fried chicken station and a computer blasting soul music?
Because he wanted to make a point.
"For just two dollars more," says Redding, "you can have the real deal rather than the IHOP version. Redding's chicken and waffles is our signature dish and for IHop to put out this cheaper yet lacking in quality version, then it's a blow to the African-American community across the country.
Redding, dubbed the "Godfather of Soul Food," a nod to the late James Brown, has a Redding's Restaurant in Harlem, N.Y., in addition to the one at the historic corner of Kentucky and Pacific avenues in Atlantic City.
He said in a statement: "If a large restaurant chain decides to steal an African-American dish, at least perfect the dish, don't set it back 70 years! I've tasted IHop's new [chicken and waffles] dish and they're missing the key ingredient — soul! Eating chicken and waffles at IHOP is like eating a Philly cheesesteak in Montana. It's not even close."
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