The Deal with Our Chicken & Waffles

As you probably know already, we serve Chicken & Waffles with mashed potatoes & gravy every Thursday. It’s a very popular item that we are often told to put on our every day menu and we’re happy you enjoy it so much.

Very often, people order our famous dish but are disappointed when it comes to the table because they assume it’s going to be Southern Style Chicken & Waffles which features fried chicken on a waffle with syrup and a side dish. What they receive instead is Pennsylvania Dutch Style Chicken & Waffles which is chunks of white meat chicken and gravy over a sweet waffle with mashed potatoes on the side.

Chicken and Waffles

If you’re used to the Southern Style, we apologize for not having it and encourage you to give it a shot!


Holiday break hours !

Hey Gang!

Just a heads up that Baby’s will run modified hours during break which are,

Sunday Dec. 17th thru Friday Dec. 22…… 11 to 4

Closed Dec. 23rd,24th,25th26th

Wednesday Dec. 27th, Thursday Dec. 28th & Friday Dec. 29th……11 to 4

Closed Dec. 30th,31st January 1st & 2nd

Wednesday Jan. 3rd thru Jan. 6th …… 11 to 4

Back to regular hours on Monday 7th

Have a Happy and safe Holiday !

Look out for a few new menu items, milkshake of the month flavors, new promotions and our weekly deals & specials!

Hope to See you soon!

Special events Menu

Do to events that go on in State College or events that Penn State University run. Examples (Arts fest in July or PSU home football games) There is a Large influx of people and business in the area. This is the reason we run what we call a special events menu, it helps us streamline our menu to help us better serve our Patrons during very busy times. there fore you may see changes in the menu of both item availability & item pricing.

As always thank you for your continued patronage to Baby’s Burgers & Shakes!

Cozy Comfort Foods- A La State College

An excerpt from Valley Magazine Online (11/19/2012)

Chicken and Waffles … Together?

If you’re looking for some homey comfort food that isn’t just seasonal, hit up Baby’s Burgers & Shakes on Thursdays for their once a week special: Chicken and Waffles.

The dish is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, and while it might seem like a funky
combination, Tassy Lopez, the General Manager of Baby’s, insists that “it’s just one big comfort dish!”

The chef starts by simmering pulled white and dark chicken meat in chicken gravy. Then, a Belgian-style waffle recipe is prepared and placed on a plate with a big scoop of mashed potatoes. The chef finishes the dish off by ladling the chicken and the gravy over the waffle and potatoes. It’s a very popular dish, according to Lopez, “it’s just really good, it’s unique.”


Review – Altoona Mirror

fred.woodJanuary 15, 2013
By Cory Dobrowolsky – Staff Writer ( , The Altoona Mirror

A waitress in a poodle skirt and sweater – hair tied tight in a ponytail – places a menu featuring burgers, fries and milkshakes on a Formica booth, as an Elvis Presley tune plays from a small jukebox on the table.

This scene isn’t from a black-and-white photo in an old album. It’s from a diner on South Garner Street in downtown State College: Baby’s Burgers and Shakes.

“It’s a dining experience,” said Fred Wood, who – along with his wife, Denise – owns the restaurant. “The food is great, and the music is even better.”

Baby’s is a throwback to the 1950s, with neon signs on the walls, vinyl seats, cooks in paper hats and white T-shirts throwing burgers on a grill, a banner informing customers to “eat and get out” and doo-wop music providing a soundtrack to it all.

Along with that diner atmosphere, Baby’s is also known for its Whimpys – mini-burgers that come in varieties of hamburgers, chicken or Carolina pulled pork that manager Tassy Lopez called the restaurant’s “specialty.”

The diner also has its own mascot.

“Back in the ’90s, we were doing some maintenance to the building,” said Gary Mahute, who serves as an accountant for the business. “They whitewashed the wall outside and painted a cartoon alligator in a 1956 Thunderbird. We started seeing people standing under the logo and getting their pictures taken. It’s not necessarily a tradition, but people did it all the time.”

The diner is an authentic 1947 Silk City diner, made in Patterson, N.J., and originally shipped to State College in the 1960s, Mahute said.

“The diner was already here,” he said. “There were a couple of different businesses in here before this.”

Baby’s originally opened in 1987 and was operated by a trio of State College businessmen, including former Penn State running back Matt Suhey, who played in the NFL for 10 years with the Chicago Bears, winning a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 “Super Bowl Shuffle” squad.

The Woods joined several other business people in a partnership with the original three owners in the early 1990s. Slowly, however, the partners, including Suhey, stepped out, pursuing other business opportunities.

“We still get the question, though: ‘Is Matt Suhey here?” Lopez said.

In 2007, the Woods took over sole ownership of the restaurant.

One popular feature of Baby’s Burgers and Shakes is that kids 12 and younger eat free from 4 p.m. to closing on Sundays and Tuesdays – with two kids per one adult.

“Back then, there weren’t any kids-eat-free places in State College, except for a Shoney’s [which has since closed],” Mahute said.

“I was dating someone with a young daughter at the time, and we went one night. There were families with children all over the place, and everyone was having fun.

“I came back, and we tried it on a Tuesday night. It worked so well that we added it. We put a sign up, and it grew and grew.”

Along with the kids-eat-free evenings, Baby’s has a special every day of the week, Lopez said.

“We have Milkshake Mondays, where milkshakes are half-price,” she said. “That’s a huge, huge thing. We also have Whimpy Wednesdays, and on Thursdays, we have homemade chicken and waffles, Pennsylvania Dutch style.”

Baby’s menu offers a great variety of food, “made to order,” Lopez said.

“I love the chicken Whimpy,” she said. “Our chicken and waffles are really good, and we make a good Reuben sandwich.”

“Our Reubens are really good,” Wood added. “Our chili is great, too. It’s homemade and fresh, with just enough kick.”

Assistant manager Kevin Selders likes the diner’s variety of burgers.

“I like the Crazy Burger [a hamburger served on a doughnut] and the Carolina Burger,” he said.

The diner enjoys a steady patronage, but business really picks up on Saturdays during the Penn State football season in Happy Valley, “to say the least,” Lopez said.

“We do get a lot of customers,” Mahute said. “We get people all the time.”

And Lopez knows exactly why people keep returning to Baby’s Burgers and Shakes.

“It’s the experience,” she said. “It’s a piece of nostalgia for older folks, and it’s an opportunity for kids to learn about history, to actually see what their parents are telling them.”

Mirror staff writer Cory Dobrowolsky can be reached at 946-7428.–50s-diner-experience.html?nav=738