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    Bar and diner-style restaurant serves up chicken and waffles, tot-chos, beer

    Noelle R. Haro-Gomez
    Noelle R. Haro-Gomez/Arizona Summer Wildcat Will Gushee, a server at May’s Counter, takes Tot-chos to one of his tables.

    May’s Counter, located on Speedway Boulevard, is a laid-back bar and diner that features the best of comfort foods. Chicken and waffles, one of the most eye-catching aspects of the menu, is a seemingly peculiar combination of salty and sweet. This place embodies an atmosphere of relaxation and the casual art of just having a good time.

    The restaurant, a creation of Phoenix chef Aaron May, offers such foods as waffle batter-dipped corndogs, pickle chips, the Wildcat burger and a number of different chicken and waffle combinations. These include the “Rooster,” composed of four wings and two waffles; and also the “Odd Bird,” three pieces of chicken and one waffle.

    Tot-chos, a dish on the appetizer menu, may have customers scratching their heads with doubt. Tater-tots covered in cheese sauce, jalapenos, pulled chicken, sour cream and black olives, make for an appetizer like no other. It’s pretty tasty, and is especially worth a try for nachos fans. Plus, the plate is huge.

    One of the sweetest and most “treat-yourself” kind of meals at May’s rests with the brioche French toast. Of course, customers absolutely must kick it up a notch and ask for it “Banana’s Foster” style. This glorious breakfast-dessert is a mouth-watering plate of four thick French toast slices doused in a brown sugar, rum-tasting sauce and covered in ripe bananas. It is an explosion of pure culinary bliss in your mouth, but be warned, it’s very sweet.

    An assortment of beers and cocktails are offered as well, with a full bar to complement the dining room.

    Prices at May’s range anywhere from a $2 side to a $14 entree. If you’re in the mood for something new, just go for it.

    Overall, May’s Counter is a fun, relaxing place to try out unconventional foods you’ve always wanted to taste or never knew you had an interest in.

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