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Chicken, waffles and flavors galore at Ooblies

If you’ve been following the Chick-fil-A frenzy and fretting that there’s not a local shop, never fear because Ooblies Waffle Food Truck is in Medford and is even better than that chicken giant. Locals know Ooblies well, and a line crowds the truck Tuesday through Saturday near the Medford Post Office at 325 S. Riverside Ave.

Ooblies’ chicken is tender and juicy, and the waffles are perfectly formed to keep the 13-plus-ounce sandwich together. That big waffle is dense, crisp and chewy, nothing like the airy, eggy waffles you’ll find at a diner. The indented squares of Ooblies’ waffles embrace the chickeny goodness within and soak up the sweet maple syrup or honey slaw sauce.

It’s the chicken though that is Ooblies’ winner. Ooblies uses only free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken. The chicken breasts are brined and coated in seasoned buttermilk then deep-fried to golden brown. There’s more though: Ooblies macerates the chicken after coating and before frying — the seasoned crumb reaches deep into the folds of the chicken, extending the flavor and enhancing the tenderness of the meat.

Every chicken and waffle sandwich is made fresh in the same way with the same seasonings. It’s the toppings and sauces that make each sandwich unique and even more delicious.

Ooblies OG-Chix at $10 is the best-selling chicken-and-waffle sandwich, according to chef-owner Tanner Elliott. The tender chicken is topped with a house-made sweet-sour slaw made with cider vinegar and sweet chili sauce. The Classic at $9 is a chicken-and-waffle sandwich with a side of maple syrup, plain and simple, and all good.

The Circle of Life sandwich also has bacon, cheddar cheese and is topped off with two cage-free fried eggs and runs $12 if you’re into the bigger, messier waffle sandwich, and the Hot Mother Clucker at $9 is good for an endorphin high, complete with hot chili oil and dill pickles.

Mac Daddy and the King Pin (both are chicken-and-waffle sandwiches topped with macaroni and cheese made with Applewood smoked bacon) were sold out by 1 p.m. when I stopped by at Ooblie’s, so while these were tempting, I wasn’t able to given one a try.

There’s only one side at Ooblies, and that’s a massive 1-pound box of waffle cut French fries at $5. Add jalapeno cheese sauce, sour cream and chopped chives for a nacho-style French fry, at $10. The fries are really the only gluten-free option on the Ooblie menu.

Two dessert waffle sandwiches are on Ooblies board, the Nutella and the Berry Delight, both at $8. The Berry Delight was thick with a creamy sweet cheese, topped with luscious fresh blueberries and raspberries then dusted with confectioner’s sugar. The combination of warm creamy cheese with the fruit and crisp waffle was indeed a delight.

The Medford Post Office food truck spot is a favorite for locals, and students from area high schools congregate for a quick and easy lunch during their brief break. On this bright sunny day, St. Mary’s students gathered at the picnic tables, gossiping and laughing, stealing each other’s French fries and begging for a bite of waffle.

Life is good. Especially with an Ooblies chicken-and-waffle sandwich in hand.

Ooblies Food Truck is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (unless they sell out) but closes at

2 p.m. on Fridays to set up at Gold Rush Cider at 1217 Stowe Ave. in Medford from 6 to

9 p.m. For more information, visit Ooblie.com. To place an advance order or to arrange for catering, call 541-937-5533.

Reach Ashland freelance writer Maureen Flanagan Battistella at mbattistellaor@gmail.com

Ooblies Berry Delight, a sweet sensation in a waffle. Photo by Maureen Flanagan Battistella
Ooblies OG Chix is tender buttermilk chicken inside a waffle with cider slaw and sweet chili sauce.{ }Photo{ } by Maureen Flanagan Battistella