Worth a Try: Chicken and Waffles

This soul food favorite is one of the most interesting and delicious dishes around. Some are hesitant to try this unique concoction, but once they do, they love it for all its sweet and savory goodness. The exact origin of chicken and waffles is unknown, but the dish as we know it today has roots in how it was served in Harlem, New York, as early as the 1930s. Creativity is aplenty when it comes to this hearty meal, and these restaurants dish up flavorful takes on this iconic combo that you’ve just gotta try. 

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Multiple locations in North Carolina

The menu at Dame’s Chicken & Waffles lives up to its name with a seemingly endless number of creations—each featuring a different type of chicken, waffle, and “shmear,” which is a sweet crème butter whipped with natural ingredients to create unique flavors. The What a Classy Hen? features a chicken cutlet, a classic waffle, and a vanilla and almond shmear while A Quilted Buttercup is made with a chicken cutlet sandwiched between sweet potato waffles with a maple-pecan shmear. The Orange Speckled Chabo—with a chicken cutlet, sweet potato waffle, orange-honeycomb shmear, and honey Dijon drizzle—and the Frizzled Fowl—with a panko-crusted chicken cutlet, a classic waffle, blueberry shmear, almonds, and plum sauce—offer even more flavor, and the Dueling Roosters, made up of four wings, a classic waffle, two shmears, and calypso sauce, brings the heat.  

South City Kitchen, Multiple locations in Georgia

Included on the menu of modern, inventive cuisine at South City Kitchen is a brunch item guests won’t want to miss. The Springer Mountain Farms Fried Chicken & Malted Buttermilk Waffle served with pure Vermont maple syrup lets the quality of their signature fried chicken, buttermilk waffles, and rich syrup truly shine.  

Worth a Try: Chicken and Waffles
Maple Leaf Diner, Dallas, Texas, Photo courtesy of Kathy Tran

Maple Leaf Diner, Dallas, Texas

There’s nothing quite like this Canadian-cuisine restaurant in Dallas, Texas, for an incredible, over-the-top meal. The diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and one great example of their elaborate dishes, the Chicken, Bacon & Waffles, is served all day. This towering feast comes with fried chicken breast and crispy bacon served on a stack of Belgian waffles. But what puts it over the top is the strawberries, whipped cream, cream puffs, and a generous drizzle of maple syrup piled high. Take a trip to Texas to try this Canadian-style diner’s memorable take on a Southern favorite, and you will not be disappointed. 

Root & Bone, New York, New York

Root & Bone brings beautifully crafted, Southern-inspired cooking and culture to the Big Apple with their menu full of time-honored recipes with artistic flair. Enjoy the beloved combo with their Fried Chicken & Waffle sandwich or Fried Chicken with Buckwheat Cheddar Waffles for deliciously elevated Southern flavor. 

Worth a Try: Chicken and Waffles
Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, Photo courtesy of Joshua Walker

Mason’s Grill, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Among all the delicious food there is to enjoy in the state of Louisiana is the chicken and waffles at Mason’s Grill. Their menu features a decadent take on this dish—made up of a spicy fried chicken breast on a Belgian waffle smothered with caramel syrup—and you’ll love every last bite.

Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, Multiple locations in West Virginia

Multiple locations in West Virginia
Black Sheep Burrito & Brews is a fun and vibrant place for a great meal of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, and their chicken and waffles brunch specialty is a showstopper as well. The creative dish is made up of honey nut breaded fried chicken, a Belgian waffle, candied pecans, candied jalapeños, fried onion straws, and sage-infused maple syrup.  

Photos courtesy of Kathy Tran and Joshua Walker.

This content was originally published in the March/April 2018 issue of Cooking with Paula Deen magazine. © 2018 Hoffman Media

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