PHOTOS BY ANNA GOODSON
When did a hamburger quit being just a hamburger and become something more sublime? Some might say it happened about the same time a chicken became best friends with a waffle, back in October 2014. That’s when the doors of The Feathered Cow opened for the first time and Jackson was introduced to the Holy Cow Burger, the Stupid Burger and the Cherry Bomb Burger, as well as the Boarder Bird, Fried Chicken Club and Chicken –n– Waffles.
“We’ve been doing this [the restaurant business] since 1984,” said Nathan Glenn, who spun The Feathered Cow off his successful Rooster’s restaurant. “I wanted to create something simple, but modern. Not really super gourmet, but a definite step up from the saturation of fast food found in the market. We use only fresh, premium ingredients, and put them together in a way that delights our customers. ”The restaurant is run by Nathan’s sister, Ashley Laskin.
Located on the I-55 Frontage Road north of Northside Drive, The Feathered Cow is a wide open space that’s both slick and inviting. There’s nothing pretentious about the restaurant and guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Orders are placed at the counter, which features a long chalkboard menu along the back wall. Have a question about an item on the menu? It will be answered by a smiling attendant. Special order? No problem.
The menu is just about 50/50 burgers and chicken. “We’re a premier hamburger and chicken house,” said Nathan. “You can drive through just about any fast food place in town and get one or the other. I decided to combine the two and offer it up fast and fresh. We are offering a delicious alternative to traditional fast food at an affordable price.”
A burger at The Feathered Cow features double 4.5 ounce patties served on a fresh bun baked daily. Burgers are dressed with lettuce, tomato and red onion. The Stupid Burger is a favorite, featuring Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions, applewood smoked bacon and garlic mayo. The Cherry Bomb Burger features a cherry balsamic ketchup and bleu cheese.
On the chicken side, there are several chicken sandwich choices, including the Portabella Chicken, featuring sauteed portabella mushrooms, provolone cheese and garlic mayo. Chicken tenders can be purchased in a two-piece snack box, a three-piece entree or a ten-piece bucket. The restaurant offers five different dipping sauces, and toasted rolls or waffle wedges.
Entree items include homemade chili, hamburger steak stuffed with caramelized onions and topped with melted provolone and Nathan’s signature tomato gravy, and the decadant chili cheese tamales featuring a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with two tamales and topped with chili and cheddar cheese. There’s also a choice of either pan broiled or fried chicken cutlets topped with tomato gravy. And rounding out the menu is Nathan’s take on chicken and waffles.
“The trick is in the temperature of the waffle iron,” he says. “We make our own batter from scratch, then pour it into a 220 degree waffle iron. That makes the waffles super light and puffy, but with the perfect amount of crispness. We top it off with a house-made vanilla honey syrup.”
Want fries with that? Both hand-cut sweet potato fries and butter fries are offered. “The butter fries are one of the hidden gems on our menu,” says Nathan. The melt-in-your-mouth fries taste, you guessed it, like butter.
With a little something for everyone, The Feathered Cow offers salads for the health-conscious crowd and a kids’ menu with the Holy Calf Burger or Chick Tender, both served with fries or grapes, and the Bandit Plate, an extra plate with a fork to steal from mom and dad’s plate–no charge for that! There is also a sophisticated beer list which includes a good variety of craft beers.
The Feathered Cow is located at 4760 I-55 Frontage Road in Jackson. They are open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.