Review: Miss Shirley’s

I had been to Miss Shirley’s a few years ago and remembered it being really good. I got something that was market price and really enjoyed it. This visit could not have been more the opposite. The service was kind of slow despite the lack of customers in the dining room and the food was a big meh.

The first thing I noticed was the difficulty in finding a meal or food item that wasn’t super high calories or a breakfast item that was not loaded with sugar. The specials were strawberry kiwi pancakes (I think, I can’t really remember because I was shocked at how much sugar was in these items) and french toast stuffed with key lime cream cheese. I couldn’t find any nutritional information on their menu or website, so calorie counters beware.

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BBQ Chicken Fried Deviled Eggs - Everyone at the table was intrigued with the fried deviled eggs, however, no one could eat them for a good five minutes before the server gave us small plates. She thought “they were all for me.” When it came to eating them, I found the egg to overpower the BBQ and the chicken. One goes for deviled eggs for the egg, so I guess I couldn’t expect too much variation from that flavor or formula.

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Southern Slammer Sandwich - According to the menu, this sandwich is the “Best Breakfast Sandwich in America, Restaurant Hospitality Magazine.” I have no idea of the competition that year, but the best word to describe this sandwich is “OK.” Pumpernickel has very strong flavor and often overpowers the rest of the ingredients. The other ingredients range from a fried egg to fried green tomatoes. My dinner calories just shrunk to almost nothing after I finished. The fried green tomato was rather watery, but that could be how they are normally. I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve had them solo. I’m not a fan of unwieldy sandwiches and this one was hard to ensure all ingredients remained inside while eating. I would not order this again.

Watermelon Feta Salad - My introduction to the wonders of watermelon continue with this dish. I ordered it as a side instead of grits to cut calories and introduce a little color and vegetable into my meal. After not liking watermelon for the better part of 99% of my life, I’m finally coming around. So far I have yet to eat just straight watermelon. It’s always been served with cheese. I think that’s the way to go. Something savory along with the fruit. This salad had watermelon, feta, cucumber, and onion. Delicious. The best thing I ate during that meal.