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.
Emeril’s Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana
This dish eats like a summer picnic below the Mason-Dixon line. Fried chicken mingles with sweet corn Belgian waffles, watermelon slaw, and Crystal hot sauce syrup. Bam is right! Make a reservation at Emeril’s.
Succotash, Washington, D.C.
Legs and thighs are crisped to perfection in the deep fryer. They’re served on square buttermilk waffles along with pickled okra and a blizzard of grated Manchego. A downpour of bourbon maple syrup completes it. Make a reservation at Succotash.
Refinery Rooftop, New York, New York
Chicken and waffles – now in sandwich form. Triangles of Belgian waffle hold a pair of fried chicken breasts gussied up with miso ranch dressing, hot sauce, avocado, and Nueske’s bacon rashers. Don’t even think about using a fork and knife to eat it. Make a reservation at Refinery Rooftop.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: AvaBlu.com (Toca Madera); Galdo Photo (Travelle); Luke Beard (August 1 Five); Good Company Hospitality (Refinery Rooftop).