Chicken and waffles is one of the ultimate savory-sweet combos. The Southern classic can now be found on menus far afield of Dixieland. Here are nine clucking awesome renditions that you need in your life right now.
Toca Madera, West Hollywood, California
South of the border meets northern New York state. The airy waffle is forged from churro batter and accompanied by salsa mixta and Buffalo sauce. It’s friggin’ magnífico! Make a reservation at Toca Madera.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar, Chicago, Illinois
Buck up — it’s brunch! These buckwheat waffles come topped with fried chicken, a sunny-side-up egg, maple-glazed bacon, and bread and butter pickles. Sugary, swiney, and briny! Make a reservation at Travelle Kitchen + Bar.
August (1) Five, San Francisco, California
East goes West. Dosa batter made with rice and lentil flours yields waffles sporting crunchy crispness. The chicken is marinated in South Indian spices and finished off with a drizzle of chili maple syrup. Make a reservation at August (1) Five.
Townsman, Boston, Massachusetts
Pickle brining ensures these chicken thighs stay juicy and tender when they’re fried golden brown. They sit on seasonally switched waffles (right now they’re pumpkin) and are complemented with maple piperade. #SweetSavorySensational. Make a reservation at Townsman.
AVEO Table + Bar, Dana Point, California
Put a little South in your mouth! Crispy chicken is sandwiched between classic buttermilk waffles. The stack is lavished with maple syrup (of course!) along with Parmesan-pommery mustard gravy and matchsticks of fried sweet potato. Make a reservation at AVEO Table + Bar.
A.O.C., Los Angeles, California
This is Southern food for Spaniards. A cornmeal waffle is crowned with Spanish fried chicken. Jamon butter and maple syrup complete the bonito brunch fave. Make a reservation at A.O.C.