Start the new year off right with a serving of black-eyed peas.
In the southern United States, black-eyed peas have long been believed to bring good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day. Because the peas swell and look like little coins when cooked, they are thought to symbolize wealth and prosperity. If you miss your spoonful as 2009 rings in, fear not. Here are a few local restaurants serving up some clever — as well as traditional — variations on the dish year-round.
Caz’s Chowhouse Perhaps the most creative food pairing, the menu at Caz’s Chowhouse lists “Chicken & Waffles” as pecan-crusted chicken or chicken tenders on a Belgian waffle topped with syrup and served with a side of black-eyed peas. For $7.49, you might be surprised how good the items taste in the same meal. For those less adventurous, a side order is $1.19. 18 E. Brady St., 588-2469
Lucky’s It’s no wonder this restaurant would serve a good-luck dish. Like crab cakes but with black-eyed peas instead of crab meat, the black-eyed pea cakes are a popular starter on both the lunch and dinner menus at Lucky’s. For $9, two cakes are served with fresh corn relish and chipotle aioli. 1536 E. 15th St., 592-5825
Kinfolk’s Soulfood Kitchen If traditional Southern-style black-eyed peas are what you want, then you have come to the right place. Owner Kelvin Murray’s family recipe of black-eyed peas ($1.65) is offered, along with nearly every staple soul food dish, including collard greens and sweet tea. 2115 N. Cincinnati Ave., 295-8855
Polo Grill Listed under the menu header “evening specialties,” you will find another variation of black-eyed pea cakes. This dish ($11) is served with sweet white corn relish, cumin crème fraiche and roasted red pepper salsa. 2038 Utica Square, 744-4280