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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Eight Places to Satisfy your Chicken and Waffle Cravings

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 9:48 AM

A favorite of stoners and soul food lovers alike, chicken and waffles is the ultimate combination of dinner and breakfast. Wondering where to find the best spots that dish up this sweet and savory combination? We've compiled a coast-to-coast list of favorites.

1. Little Skillet
Located right here in San Francisco, the recently opened Little Skillet serves up traditional chicken and waffles along with a laundry list of sides, including mushroom-herb gravy, sausage gravy, strawberry-rhubarb jam, and butterscotch. Not in the mood for  chicken and waffles? Little Skillet also offers angel biscuits, po' boys, and straight-up boxes of chicken.

2. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

brought chicken and waffles from Harlem to the West Coast back in the

1970s. Now the Los Angeles chain is the go-to pop culture reference for

the combo, with celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Arsenio Hall praising

the goodies dished out here. Any day now, early Roscoe's alum Michele

Wilson is expected to launch her own place, Gussies' Chicken and

Waffles, in San Francisco.

3. Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles

This Phoenix, Arizona spot is known countrywide for its self-described "fried chicken and golden brown waffles." The most popular item on the menu is a doozy -- three fried chicken pieces, two waffles, two cheese-covered eggs, onions, and a side of grits.

​4. Marvin
A chic "classic bistro" is the last place you'd think to find chicken and waffles, but this Washington, D.C. spot serves what's best described as the gourmet version of the dish. Other items on the menu -- moules frites, steaks, duck confit -- are more in line with Marvin's upscale image.

5. Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken and Waffles
This chain, founded in 1997, has locations sprinkled throughout Georgia and Maryland. Lines run out the door during all hours, so don't expect a quick meal. You'll want to stick around, anyway -- the restaurant features items like beef sausage, shrimp and grits, and brown sugar salmon alongside the classic chicken and waffles combo.

6. Maxine's Chicken and Waffles
Located in downtown Indianapolis, this joint serves corn bread and peach butter alongside its jumbo wings and waffles. The restaurant is attached to a gas station, but don't be fooled: Maxine's was voted one of the city's Best New Restaurants by Indianapolis Monthly.

7. Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles
Soft jazz provides mood music at this restaurant, which serves chicken and waffles, catfish, and cheese grits. Originally called Chicago's Rosscoe's, the restaurant was forced to change its name thanks to a lawsuit from Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. Oh, the drama of the chicken and waffle world!

8. Harlem Wing and Waffle
How can you go wrong in the birthplace of modern-day chicken and waffles? The restaurant is run by Brett Wright, a food lover who supposedly lives by two mottos: "Ain't no thing like a chicken wing," and "I never saw a waffle I didn't like." In addition to chicken and waffles, this Harlem standby has its own line of sodas, with flavors including Uptown Orange, Vanilla Cream, and Black Cherry.

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