At first glance, I thought Aretha Frankenstein’s was a restaurant owned by the late great Aretha Franklin. Just in case for the uninformed, Aretha is a music legend. I initially came to know of her via her scene in the original Blue Brothers film.
Aretha Frankenstein’s is a monster-ish riff on her name. You throw the word Frankenstein into anything, and I’m all eyes and ears. It’s a cool looking restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with part of its ceiling covered in framed cereal box covers.
I’ve heard that their breakfast is out of this world. What’s even more critical as it pertains to what I’m writing about is their Pancake and Waffle Mix. I ordered them directly from the Frankenstein Mills sub-site.
They are available separately in three 32 oz ($32.95) or twelve 32 oz ($94.95) boxes. There is no mix pack with one of each, which is a shame. This pancake and waffle mixes are in the upper price range when it comes to their competitors, but if you want quality, you’re gonna need to pay. In Spanish, the proverb goes, “lo barato sale caro.” It means spending a little more money now will you get a better dependable product.
If you are in the Chattanooga area, I read somewhere that they are more reasonably priced.
Coffee Mug Show Off
Before I dive into the pancakes and waffles I just want to show off our coffee mugs. All of you Disney fans should be particularly enamored with our Poisoned Apple Sculptured Mug from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Maple Syrup Talk
As for the maple syrup, I bought Spring Tree Maple Syrup. It should be available in your local supermarket, but you can order it from Amazon.
Quick story, I asked my Mom to buy this particular brand of maple syrup at our local supermarket Publix. I didn’t mention that it costs almost twenty dollars. As you can imagine, she called me right away to make sure that I wanted a twenty-dollar bottle of maple syrup.
“Yes, mom, I do,” I replied.
Let’s just say she still brings this up. It’s not like I tricked her out of twenty bucks; I gave her the money for the little 32 oz jug.
Pancakes & Waffles
At our house, my wife Marcela is the designated pancakes and waffle person. It took a few breakfasts to get the rhythm down right on dealing with this batter.
The box calls for buttermilk, and you should use live buttermilk from the refrigerated aisle in your grocery store. We also tried the powdered version of buttermilk; it did not achieve the same fluffiness.
We went rather quickly through the boxes, but we did give some of them to a few friends. I preferred the pancakes over the waffles ten to one.
In the waffle’s defense, I grew up eating only pancakes. Sometimes those nasty microwaveable ones. We were never a L’Eggo My Eggo household growing up.
Once we ran out, I ordered some more again. It took a little under a week for the calvary to arrive. We’re about to break into our new batches as I type this.
Now, someone is selling some of the Aretha Frankenstein mixes on Amazon. My suggestion is you tread lightly if you’re gonna order from there. A few of the comments left by unsatisfied customers made me order directly from them instead. The truth is, I always prefer to buy direct whenever I can.
Now, the real question is, when are they gonna start selling that biscuit mix?
P.S.: You didn’t ask, but I like to enjoy these waffles with Dead Sled Coffee.