Engaging Eats; Nibbles with Niffers!

      Well, well, it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, and I figured it’s about time! This last Friday, I found myself in Opelika before my shift started and I decided to kill some time by the tracks before I grabbed my favorite treat! I wandered up and down the little strip, perusing the posted menus and decided what I wanted for lunch. A burger. Not just any burger, Niffer’s own Black n’ bleu burger!

      I had a similar meal over at Vortex in the big ATL last year (or was it the year before?), and wasn’t impressed. Mainly because I didn’t make my standard modifications for taste, and partly because I failed to specify the temperature. I plan to go back and give them another try! This particular burger, required no modifications, and if I could change one thing, I would have specified the temperature. That does seem to be my downfall, doesn’t it?

      Despite the burger being more on the well-done side, it was delectable. At first, I was a little put off by the bitter bleu cheese, but it grew on me very quickly once I was cordially introduced to the cajun seasoning and mozzarella! The further I got into the burger the more delicious it was, it was to my great disappointment that I couldn’t eat the whole thing in one sitting since I filled myself up on cajun fries. 

    The fries were about what I expected, except better. Most of my experiences with steak-cut fries, have not been the best. These were crisp, not soggy in the middle and seasoned well with the same cajun seasoning on the burger. Together, these two make a winning pair! The only thing that could make it better would have been a milkshake, even though the asthetic of the establishment was very American, and not so much Sock Hop.

    Niffers Interior        You can see the interior from the bar shot up there, that it’s very kind of woodsy, the sort of place I can imagine coming to drink after a long day at work, or maybe a place for hunters to gather? The actual dining area was a little more bright and family catering, but out of respect for the staff and folks dining, I refrained from snapping a picture.

     I do highly recommend that if you’re in the area, and just find yourself among these little shops and exhausted from a day of shopping or exploration, come here. They have so many options for burgers, and they all sound amazing! In case you guys are wondering what this yummy piece of meat looks like,  wonder no longer!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#postincomingâ˜•đŸ‘– for Nifflers in opelika! Very fairly priced and absolutely delicious black and bleu burger! . . #burger #food #nifflersopelika #lunchtime #yum #meal

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      I know, I know, it doesn’t look like magic. But it is. I want to go back for a date night and gorge myself on some of the best steak fries I’ve had from a burger joint!

Now, I realize I haven’t made little scores for food, so let’s go to our text rating!

Eat or Retreat? 

 Oh for sure, Eat. Eat on the weekends, eat before work, eat for lunch. I’m so for this place, and it has very affordable pricing. For my entire meal, it was 9.25, if memory serves. Guys, this burger is fairly huge, it would take me about 2 days to eat it. Highly recommended!

 

Engaging Eats: CJ’s Wings N Things

Welcome to the birth of a new post series written by yours truly. I can’t always be tailed by my food-blogging-fiance, after all. What am I to do when I find a new place to stuff my face while on my lunch break? Just leave it for him? Nah. I got this! I recently found out that the little wing place conveniently placed by my work, is locally owned and operated by a family that owns two other restaurants in the area, Afterfive Bar and Ed’s Southern Cooking. Cj’s Wings -n- Things is a lovely little establishment, that has a somewhat retro feel to me, with the color scheme of ivory and red.

I feel almost like I want to order a milkshake and share it, but that’s silly. Who shares milkshakes nowadays? And, sadly milkshakes aren’t on this menu. What is on the menu is wings and burgers. Both of which are delicious, and it would be a crime for me to come here and not share the former with you. 

Though, I must confess, I’ve become somewhat of a regular here but only just considered asking about their ownership. I’m glad I asked because this place definitely deserves the exposure. I do want to commend them on their amazing and compassionate staff. These girls have been great to me every single time I’ve come in and haven’t missed a beat. I generally get my food and the check taken care of in quite short order. Sometimes it takes a little longer, but that’s to be expected. It’s generally within 15 minutes of ordering at the most, which is nice and prompt.

One of the things I frequently get for lunch is their wings, generally in mild. Today was the 8 Piece Wings with medium sauce and fries.  I decided to test myself today. The fries are fresh and hot- just the right amount of crispy and modestly seasoned, which is my favorite way. They always equip their plates with a piece of sliced bread, which I’m never sure what to do with. That confusion was quickly eclipsed by the wing sauce when I tried it. I’m definitely a bit of a sissy in the sauce department. But look at those wings, they look delicious and I can’t wait to dig in!

Two words come to mind: “hot” and “yum!”. I get the flavor of black pepper, definitely. The wings themselves were tender and succulent. I definitely needed to lean on the ranch sauce to put out the fire on my lips. The pain was worth it because once the fire was extinguished, I was left with delicious chicken.

Their pricing is also quite fair, at just shy of 8 dollars for a plate of 8 wings, a side and a drink. They do have something under 5 for those who are hungry on a budget, a grilled cheese combo with tea and fries for 4.25. You can’t go wrong here!

Eat or Retreat?

   This is definitely an “Eat” rating. The staff, the speed of service, the consistent quality of the food and the price all factor in to make this a solid recommendation. If you find yourself in the Columbus, GA area, you’d be missing out if you passed Cjs by!