I have an obsession.
Warm, fluffy, buttermilk waffles. Crispy on the outside, soft and yielding on the inside. Hints of butter, cream, and vanilla. Then, there’s chicken. Juicy and tender on the inside, hot and crispy on the outside. The crunch of the breading and skin. And then sweet, strident maple syrup over all of it.
For me, the pinnacle of a good brunch dish is something that combines the savoury and the sweet, and chicken and waffles does that. And so much more.
The origins of this dish are somewhat foggy, but we do know that it comes from the deep south, and is definitely considered to be a comfort food.
It was really popularized during the heyday of Jazz in Harlem in the mid-’50s. Musicians, up all night playing the jazz clubs of Harlem, were looking for something hearty for breakfast/dinner/midnight snack. Herb Hudson’s version of the dish became incredibly popular, and lead to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, which is the C & W mecca in L.A. wikipedia
Here in Vancouver, we’re a long way from the deep South, but we do have a few places that serve up Chicken And Waffles. Here’s a list. We’ll be checking them out in the coming weeks, and naming our favourites.
- Sweetery Cafe
- Portland Craft
- Tableau Bistro
- Tuc Craft Kitchen
- Mamie Taylor’s
- Miura Waffle Milk Bar
- Save On Meats
- Abigail’s Party
- Craft Beer Market
- Frankie’s Italian Kitchen
- Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smokehouse
- The Galley Patio & Grill
- Fet’s (Chicken and French Toast)
- The Score on Davie (Chicken and Waffle Caesar)
- Campagnolo (Chicken and Biscuits)
Did we miss any? Please add them in the comments section below!