America's best chicken and waffles
It’s a classic brunch dilemma: savory or sweet? Fortunately, the inspired combination of fried chicken piled on top of waffles means there’s no need to choose.
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The classic chicken and waffles we know and love can be traced to the late 1930s, when the Wells Supper Club opened in Harlem. The joint drew Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, and Gladys Knight, often looking to refuel after a show. One of the regulars, Herb Hudson, moved to L.A. and opened the now-legendary Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.
For a full meal, hit up one of these chicken and waffle restaurants. Some take the classic approach, others skew creative, but all do justice to this satisfying comfort food.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles
Mentioned in movies like “Rush Hour” and “Swingers,” Roscoe’s is arguably the most famous place in America to satisfy a chicken and waffles craving. It has grown to six locations, with another set to open in Anaheim, walking distance from Disneyland. The southern-style chicken is delivered three times a week and skillet fried to perfection, while your waffle comes with a side of maple syrup made from natural sugarcane. If it’s your first time, ask for a No. 9—three wings, waffles, potato salad and fries—as President Obama did when he stopped in for lunch in 2011. roscoeschickenandwaffles.com
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“When I moved to Kentucky, I was so curious about this dish,” laughs chef/owner Ed Lee. “Is it breakfast? Is it dinner? It makes you cock your head, and it’s certainly a favorite. My only complaint is it’s so heavy.” So at MilkWood, he turned chicken and waffles into an appetizer. It starts with yeast-based waffles, cut into small strips and crisped as croutons. A bed of parsley and dill has a thin smear of buttermilk dressing, and his dark-meat chicken is poached in a stock of vinegar, soy, fish sauce and spices. It’s then dredged in buttermilk and flour and deep-fried.