Eat Me: Chef Point’s Chicken and Waffles

chef pointeby Steven Doyle

You may have heard of the quirky little restaurant in Wautaga, Texas, Chef Point.  Chef Point offers a full scale menu inside the Wautaga Conoco station, including their award winning burger, a full complement of seafood and steaks with everything in between. Chef Point serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What really motivated us to drive out to visit the restaurant is the legendary chicken and waffles. And they were every bit as delicious as they were described to us by one of our readers who suggested we try this dish out. 

Nicknamed the “Calamari Conoco”, when you walk into this gas station you’d be surprised to find a menu of gourmet food cooked up by Chef Franson Nwaeze, including tenderloin, salmon, duck and more. Why is this upscale restaurant inside a gas station? Well, it all began with a bank loan. When husband and wife team Franson Nwaeze and Paula Merrell started looking for a way to open a restaurant in 2001, most banks were skeptical about lending them start-up capital due to their lack of experience and collateral. They quickly discovered that they were much more likely to get financing by opening a gas station. As soon as they found a filling station for sale, they jumped on the opportunity.

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“Everyone said we were crazy, that we’d never be able to have a gourmet restaurant in a gas station,” says Franson, who was confident that he could prove them wrong. “That’s why I called it Chef Point – because I was out to prove a point.”

In April 2003, construction of the gas station was complete and the restaurant inside grew at a much faster pace than expected. Word-of-mouth spread, and within the first four months the couple had to redesign the layout of the facility to keep up with the influx of customers. They added more space to the restaurant and reduced the convenience store square footage. By early 2004, they again had to redesign the facility to increase the restaurant’s size.

Chef Point is located at 5901 Watauga Rd. in Watauga. Contact them at 817-656-0080.

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3 responses to “Eat Me: Chef Point’s Chicken and Waffles

  1. KA Tieszen

    One of my trusted friends visited and gave THIS review of the food:
    Took an hour to get there from here. Not bad considering our route took us past 4 malls and it’s the last Sunday before Christmas! Clean, neat, very nice staff; our wait person was adorable, I tipped 30%. Biggest house salad I’ve ever seen, $4, good taste to the house ranch dressing, just the right consistency. Lobster mac & cheese $15, NICE, just cheesy enough, hot to the table, still warm half way through, topping expertly browned. Altogether, I’d say it was the best real meal I’ve had for under $20. We will go back if we’re in the area. No one had dessert but son-in-law John watched them make the bread pudding the last time he was there, he says it’s delish, even better than his own, that’s quite the compliment coming from him! In case you’re interested, the recipe is on their website. At any rate, I gave them 4 stars. The only reason it wasn’t 5 is because Jim said the coffee sucked; OK, consider the source on that, you know what soldiers drink, if it ain’t strong enough to walk by itself then it’s just “warm brown water.”
    It actually is a working gas station, find that so cool; plenty of parking; downside – what was once the mechanics bay in the back is now reserved indoor seating, lots of windows, emergency exit, but nothing on the outside of same to tell you it’s not a working door, several people confused on the location of the entrance; Denise had chicken and waffles, said it was good, waffles were tough but boneless chicken very good both juicy and done; Garrett had the “better than sex fried chicken” said it did not live up to its name (Marine talking – -hahaha), Slater had the Monte Cristo, it was huge, he loved it; Hayes had the lobster bisque (she did not eat the bread bowl since she’s celiac, which by the way there are enough choices on the menu to be acceptable to same but nothing actually on the menu to talk about calorie count or allow for special needs such as diabetics) said she enjoyed it, but there was not enough of it to take home as she had planned (hmmmm, guess that means she was hungrier than she thought); Jim had blackened stuffed pork chop said it was good but cold, John had chicken fried steak, stated nothing to write home about but all things considered worth it, Randy had the chicken marsala and Doris the chicken pesto pasta, they traded bites, they both were happy with taste and satisfied with portion size. Water is free and served in a very large glass. Alcoholic offerings but not a large menu of same, and not advertised on website, saw one girl across the aisle from us who seemed to really enjoy her orange blossom, her companion with imported beer but don’t remember the name, just know I didn’t recognize the label.

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  3. Joe Pearson

    It was my first time last week . I had not even heard of it until my friend took us there. What a pleasent surprise. We both really enjoyed the food and the bread puddig was awesome. We made plans to come back even befor we left there and already knew what we were going to order. Great food , great , Great service and priced well for lunch and for what you were getting. You wont be disappointed. Joe

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