Recently Closed Gaithersburg Restaurant Featured on ‘Kitchen Commando’ Reality Series

by Patrick Herron

Fry Guy Chicken, Fish & Waffles, which was located at 7601 Airpark Rd Suite B in Gaithersburg, was featured on the most recent episode of Tubi’s Kitchen Commando. Kitchen Commando is a restaurant makeover show that is produced by Gordon Ramsay’s Studio Ramsay, and stars former US Army Master Sergeant and White House Chef, Chef Andre Rush. The episode was filmed in October 2022 and Fry Guy closed this past March, prior to the episode airing. Fry Guy has an additional location at 9140 Edgeworth Dr in Capitol Heights that remains in business.

“Chef Rush visits a struggling fried food spot in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The frustrated owner needs to make more effective and smarter choices to find better health and success.” You can watch the full episode here.  Trailer below courtesy of @FryGuyCFW on Twitter:

Per the Fry Guy Southern Cuisine website: “Fry Guy Southern Homestyle Cuisine is a family owned black business that is centered around great cooking, love family recipes with a southern homestyle flavor. Fry Guy was a name given to me by a close friend because I always use to cook fish and chicken in the early morning hours and he started calling me Fry Guy.  But it didn’t start there my cooking was inspired by watching my grandmother cook and helping her clean fish for dinner.  She loved her some fresh fish and I loved her cooking, so I watched her every moved in the kitchen.  Yes, grandma Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson I paid attention. I can also remember growing up in my neighborhood “Lincoln Park” when Mrs. Beet Offutt and Ella Hawkins will sell Friday night dinners  and the whole community would be talking about it and they would sell out so fast because it was that good.  As a child that always stayed in my head of how good the food was when they cooked along with my children grandmother Francis Hawkins whose chicken I would do anything for I mean it was the best.  I can’t leave out my mom who made the best old bay chicken ever the Queen B.  As time went on my passion grew for cooking on the grill  and watching people enjoy eating my food, from having the fish fry’s  on the football field for coach Rob Hill (RIP), holidays and selling dinners for my Germantown Hardknocks Basketball AAU program.  Cooking at coach Big Dog house after a great season or tournament and seeing how it bought everyone to gather in  love and happiness, I knew I was going to open a restaurant one day.  I use to tell my son one day were going to have our own restaurant and here it is Fry Guy Southern Homestyle Cuisine.  GOD IS GOOD”



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1 comment

Sharon Frizzell April 10, 2023 - 11:08 am

TBH, the one time I tried the food here, I was underwhelmed. I was really looking forward to chicken and waffles and wanted to like it, but this food just wasn’t that good.


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