Where’s Waldo? We found out—check out Waldo’s Chicken & Beer in Cahaba Heights

Waldo's Chicken partner Casey Atherton
Meet Casey Atherton, the local bringing you Waldo’s Chicken & Beer. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

There’s a new chicken joint in town. We headed to the new Waldo’s Chicken & Beer in Cahaba Heights—the first Alabama location of a popular scratch-made chicken restaurant. Keep reading to find out what’s clucking.

All about Waldo’s Chicken

Waldo's Chicken
Coming this August! (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

This is the first Waldo’s Chicken location in Alabama, but the restaurant has roots in Birmingham. According to Vestavia Voice, the original Waldo’s Chicken was founded in Tennessee two years ago by Mark Waldo, a Homewood native. Mark is the grandson of the late Dr. Frank Waldo, founder of Mayfair Medical Group.

This August, Spain Park graduate Casey Atherton is bringing Waldo’s Chicken to Cahaba Heights.

“I want to bring people to the dinner table. I can’t wait to see parents and kids sitting here laughing, eating incredible scratch-made food with good music on and Alabama, Auburn and UAB football on the TVs. That’s what this is all about.”

Casey Atherton, Partner, Waldo’s Chicken

On the menu

Atherton told me that everything in Waldo’s is scratch-made—they don’t even have freezers! Waldo’s Chicken includes two styles of chicken—Southern fried with a buttermilk and seasoned breading or fire-roasted with a brown sugar brine and roasted with butter, garlic and parsley.

Something that sets Waldo’s apart is that they use thighs—dark meat with a deep, rich flavor.

Here’s a look at a few options on the menu:

  • Hand-breaded Southern-fried chicken tenders with sauces
  • The O.G.—fried chicken sandwich with fried thigh, pickles, lettuce + mayo
  • The Roost—fire-roasted chicken, pickles + Alabama White sauce
  • Fowl Mouth—fried thigh, habanero oil, cheddar, jalapeño slaw, mayo + comeback sauce (Atherton’s favorite)
  • Salads with fried + rotisserie chicken
  • Cheddar biscuits with honey butter
  • Scratch-made sides like mac and cheese

In addition to the food menu, you’ll be able to choose from 20+ beers, including plenty of local options.

“Everything is fresh, and we’ll have a cool bar scene, games on TV and funky artwork on the walls.”

Casey Atherton, Partner, Waldo’s Chicken

Welcome to Cahaba Heights!

Waldo's
We can’t wait to have you in Birmingham! (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

When I asked Atherton why he chose to come back to Birmingham and bring Waldo’s with him, he had a resounding answer: Birmingham is home.

“It’s a very tight-knit awesome community in the height of suburbia in Birmingham. We couldn’t be more excited to be in Cahaba Heights and put our foundation in Birmingham.”

Casey Atherton, Partner, Waldo’s Chicken

PS—even more Waldo’s Chicken shops are on the way to Birmingham. Stay tuned.

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