Derrick Gooden
Chef Derrick Gooden of BluNotes, a jazz spot located in the University area. His chicken are waffles are amazing -- the best in Charlotte, says Toni Baker-Tyson. (Photo: Courtesy of Toni Baker-Tyson)
Toni Baker-Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

Have a taste for chicken and waffles? I know a spot that serves the best fried chicken and waffles in Charlotte!

Several weeks ago I mentioned the new jazz spot BluNotes in the University area and how disappointed I was with my first visit. I’m certainly a forgiving person, so I attended a brunch there this past week. Well, let me be the first to tell you the chicken and sweet potato waffles are delicious. Sorry folks, but Midnight Diner can’t hold a torch to this dish. Chef Derrick Gooden, you rock!

Oh, yes, BluNotes now has glassware and plates, too!

I also caught the Christmas musical, “A Soulful Noel.” Quentin Talley certainly outdid himself with this sold-out performance. This definitely wasn’t your grandma’s holiday concert. Did I mention that Quentin blew away the cast with his James Brown split? If you missed it, you can go online to buy the CD. Proceeds benefit the performers and OnQ Performing Arts.

Merry Christmas to you all, and remember the reason behind the season.

Now for my weekend picks.


Room 215~ Looking for some Christmas Day excitement? Check out this thriller, an independent film based on a woman held captive for years in an enclosed space with her 5-year-old son. This film has received widespread acclaim. Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 (14815 John J Delany Drive.) More info:


Stand Up Comedy Showcase ~ Features 10 of the area’s funniest up-and-coming comics in one fast-paced, side-splitting evening. Great fun for family and friends at the Kadi Fit Studio (19725 Oak Street #3) Cornelius. Time: 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Cost: $8. More info:


Holiday on Ice ~ Enjoy uptown Charlotte’s outdoor skating rink at the NASCAR Hall of Fame (400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd). Admission, with skate rental, costs $13. Admission without skates, $10. Your ticket is good all day, so leave and return. More info:

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...