Growl Review: Sweet T’s Soul Cookin’

Category: Growl Review

Lisa M.

Sweet T’s Soul Cookin’

By Lisa M.


Image courtesy of arnold | inuyaki on Flickr

The price point is very reasonable for the amount of food you get, and if you like dark meat, or want to save a couple bucks on dinner, you can choose the Recession Special with all dark meat chicken pieces. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
The décor is modern, but the restaurant rather cavernous, causing amplification of sound which makes hearing your server and vice versa challenging. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
The servers are attentive, when you have their attention, but they are often running from table to table like chickens with their heads cut off, and so grabbing and keeping their attention is challenging. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Delicious, not greasy, and plentiful. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
Tables and dinnerware were clean, as was the bathroom, though narrow and dimly lit. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade

On September 26, 2012 Windsor Girls Growl™ headed to 1515 Ottawa Street to partake of some sweet soul cookin’ at Sweet T’s.

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The restaurant’s menu boasts “downhome fried chicken and more…” and doesn’t disappoint.

This was a special Growl for me, as the week was rapidly turning into my birthday extravaganza. Hey, who says you can only celebrate on one day each year, anyway? When I arrived at the restaurant, I was greeted with a new addition to our group: Growla – a pink, knife-and-fork-wielding, papier-mâché piñata monster made by Sylvia V. – awaited me on the table. Meant as a birthday gift, it was in fact the birth of Growla and the Windsor Girls Growl™ mascot, making this Growl extra delightful.


This wasn’t my first visit to Sweet T’s – I had gone there earlier in the summer with some friends from work. That day the waitress greeted us with a rundown of everything they keep in their freezer, namely their homemade ice cream. Everything else on their menu is made fresh that day. I was excited to share a delicious taste experience with my fellow Growlers, and to try something new on their menu as well.

The menu is pretty limited. It mainly consists of fried chicken and more fried chicken; however, this isn’t your “11 herbs and spices” greasy variety fried chicken, but pressure cooked to perfection chicken. Sweet T’s chicken is crispy, not greasy, and the portions are plentiful enough that a three-piece dinner with one side barely leaves room for dessert – but you will want to make sure you do because dessert is a treat not to be missed at Sweet T’s.

For my first dinner there I chose the potato salad for my side. I’m a potato salad gourmand. The creamier the better, as it often reminds me of summers in my childhood when my mom would whip up a yummy potato salad with garden fresh potatoes for dinner. Sweet T’s potato salad doesn’t disappoint.

icedteaWanting to try something new at the Growl, however, I opted for the chicken and waffles dinner. The waffle was huge, accompanied by flavourful maple syrup, and the chicken was the usual delightful, crispy, mouth-watering experience. But I missed the potato salad, which was a hit with other Growlers.

To start off our dining experience, some of us partook of the fried goat cheese salad and claimed it absolutely delicious!

Following dinner those who still had room left ordered dessert. The pecan pie arrived in generous slices, the kind your grandmother dished up for family gatherings, rather than your typical chintzy restaurant sliver. Accompanied by choice of ice cream – bourbon, vanilla or chocolate – it’s a taste experience you won’t want to miss!

As we discussed our dessert, some of us could not help flashing back to the movie When Harry Met Sally. To this day, when I think of this night I can’t help but say, “Peeeecaaaannnnn piiiiieeee!”

As tempting as the pecan pie was, however, I was in the mood for something different, and our waitress must have read my mind, because she brought me a slice of red velvet cheesecake with a candle in it, comp, for my birthday. The creamy cheesecake and sinfully moist red velvet cake combined for a tasty dessert that is second only to the peeeecaaaannnnn piiiiieeee. I suggest ordering both and sharing them with your dining companion(s) so as to not miss out on either delicious dessert!

Lisa M.‘s Overall Rating
Our overall experience was good. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. There’s nothing fancy about the décor or the food, though, so if you’re looking for anything other than good old home cooking served in plastic baskets, Sweet T’s would not be your first choice of restaurant. However, if you want a casual night out with family or friends, you can’t go wrong with Sweet T’s brand of sweet soul cookin’. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-HalfGpawRating-WholeFade


Comments from fellow Growlers
Sylvia V. said: “…still full from chicken & waffles & pecan pie!”

Kelly W. said: “I had such a good time last night, and for those who didn’t hear my declarations during dinner – those mashed potatoes were damn good!!! I had my left-over chicken and salad for lunch and am clock watching for 3pm when I get to have my left-over Red Velvet Cheesecake washed down with a lovely cuppa tea!”

Have YOU visited Sweet T’s?
Tell us about your experience!

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  • Laurel R.
    January 31, 2013, 10:19 am

    I’ve been back to Sweet T’s several times since our visit, and am always delighted with their yummy, fresh, filling, comfort food! Fried chicken, potato salad, and peeeecaaaaaaan piiiiieeee… does it get much better than that?! I also want to HIGHLY recommend their iced tea (sweetened or not) – this ain’t no powdered stuff, this is the real thing! It’s delightfully refreshing, and a wonderful change from the usual mixed chemical stuff you get at most restaurants! I love Sweet T’s.

  • Sylvia V January 31, 2013, 4:56 pm

    I have to add that I really like the decor. To me the high ceilings create an urban warehouse feel that I really enjoy. I order the waffle every single time because it is such a wicked combination with the fried chicken that I just can’t get anywhere else. I also order the hard iced tea cocktail every time because it is OH so satisfying on a girls’ nite out! Sweet T’s is one of my favourite Windsor restaurants.

    • Laurel R.
      January 31, 2013, 5:11 pm

      I will have to try the waffles next time – if I can force myself to skip the potato salad!


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