The concept of combining chicken and waffles has been around since the 1600s when early versions of waffles were being topped with pulled chicken and gravy by home cooks in Pennsylvania Dutch country. But it wasn’t until 1938 that the soul-food-inspired concept of fried chicken and waffles first appeared in the Wells Supper Club in Harlem, New York.
Today, chicken-and-waffle dishes can be found all across the country in diners, formal restaurants, bars and other eating establishments. And there are many unique takes on the classic dish.
While a small number of these restaurants have closed temporarily due to COVID-19, all of the other restaurants on this list are open for business and offering at least take-out, if not outdoor or indoor dining.
So, whether you’re new to the concept of chicken and waffles, or you’re a devoted fan looking for new places to try, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favorite haunts around the country for great chicken and waffles.
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Yo’ Mama’s, Birmingham
Though Yo’ Mama’s cut its teeth by serving up breakfast of all kinds, its chicken and waffles makes it a hot spot for Birmingham foodies. The restaurant tops its fare off with a hearty side of live entertainment — musicians from many genres regularly perform at Yo’ Mama’s.
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Waffle Rush, Anchorage
Waffle Rush combines culinary influences from all over North America to procure The Last Frontier’s quirkiest chicken and waffles. Whether it’s adding french fries or thick poutine gravy, Waffle Rush’s enthusiastic experimentation yields yummy results.
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Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Phoenix
Lo-Lo’s has turned enthusiasm for juicy chicken and light-as-air waffles into undeniable success. Although Lo-Lo’s serves up a variety of soul and Southern dishes, its chicken and waffles makes it a true Arizona powerhouse. The restaurant has locations in Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona, and is expanding into Nevada and Texas.
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Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, Bentonville
Tusk & Trotter is a high-end, farm-to-table eatery developed by local talent Rob Nelson. The restaurant has received acclaim for a dish called, “Which Came First?” It’s a carrot cake waffle topped with chicken, caviar, sorghum syrup and other delicacies. This makes Tusk & Trotter a can’t-miss for chicken and waffle enthusiasts.
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Howlin’ Ray’s, Los Angeles
California is replete with restaurants that bring Southern fare to the West Coast, but few enjoy as much buzz as Howlin’ Ray’s. The restaurant serves up chicken and waffles with true Southern flair, giving guests the options of white, dark, wing or “skinny Jimmy” meat. Howlin’ Ray’s attention to detail makes it one of LA’s best chicken and waffle stops.
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Waffles Brothers, Denver
With a name like Waffles Brothers, how could you go wrong? This Denver restaurant serves up their classic chicken & waffles with a choice of two dips, so you can enjoy your meal with both a sugary and savory dip! The best part? They also have two Denver-based locations, plus one in Las Vegas.
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Bella’s Cafe, New Haven
Bella’s is out to reaffirm that the best part of the dish is its thickly buttered waffle. Many of the restaurant’s dishes get their flair from the creative use of butter, cream cheese and other spreads — and the restaurant’s coveted chicken and waffles offering is no exception. Take note, New Haven foodies.
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Connie’s Chicken & Waffles, Wilmington
We mean … it’s got it right in the name, right?! This is the perfect place to go for some diner vibes and a great plate of classic chicken & waffles. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also order it with Oreo, red velvet or chocolate chip waffles.
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The Coop, Winter Park
The Coop bills itself as “A Southern Affair” whose cuisine revolves around that most sacred of regional staples: chicken. The restaurant offers an enviable plate of Southern-fried chicken atop a waffle doused in bourbon syrup. With such a delectable meal on the menu, it’s small wonder that folks from Florida and beyond flock to The Coop.
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Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, Atlanta
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is one part music venue and one part chicken and waffle destination. The restaurant blends its signature chicken and waffles into Atlanta’s vivacious music scene. What could be better than biting into a fluffy waffle – and then some crispy chicken – while catching some live jazz?
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Pancakes & Waffles BLD, Aiea
Pancakes & Waffles BLD packs some of Oahu’s most delicious chicken and waffles. Its signature dish is a chicken and waffle platter topped off with savory honey butter, which makes the restaurant stand out in the state and national waffle scenes. And they also offer brown and country gravy.
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Waffle Me Up, Boise
If you’re in Boise, Waffle Me Up is the place to go for some chicken & waffles. They have a savory take on this classic dish, serving it up with some scrumptious sausage gravy.
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Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles, Oak Park
Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles is precisely that. The restaurant heaps crispy chicken atop wide, thin waffles, making Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles a darling for fans of that meal. Though headquartered in Chicago, the restaurant is making inroads in other cities.
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Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles, Indianapolis
Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles has made its titular dish to customers’ exact specifications for years, no matter whether they want wings or white meat piled onto their waffles. Maxine’s meticulousness has earned it hot spot status among locals and visitors.
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Bubba, Des Moines
Bubba is a Southern comfort juggernaut in the Des Moines food scene, serving everything from collard greens to hot chicken for residents of the Hawkeye State. Though Bubba planted its flag by offering all manner of soul food, its buttermilk-fried chicken and honey butter-slathered waffles gobble up much of the diners’ attention. Chicken and waffle seekers should make time for a stop in Des Moines.
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Doo-Dah Diner, Wichita
The Doo-Dah Diner’s spin on chicken and waffles makes it a Kansas foodie must-try. The restaurant pours delectable sausage gravy over its chicken and serves its waffle with a side of chocolate-coated bacon. That flavor combo may seem unorthodox, but it’s helped the Doo-Dah Diner garner rave reviews from guests.
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The Silver Dollar, Louisville
The Silver Dollar’s motto is “whiskey by the drink,” and the restaurant is no less enthusiastic about chicken and waffles. One of the establishment’s most popular meals is buttermilk-fried chicken served either spicy or sweet on a house-made waffle. If the reviews are any indication, The Silver Dollar owes its success as much to its chicken and waffles as to whiskey.
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High Hate Cafe, New Orleans
Looking for a casual place to eat some really great chicken & waffles? High Hate Cafe is the place for you. Their chicken & waffles are a brunch favorite, and you can order it with other brunch favorites, likes eggs and bacon.
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Hot Suppa, Portland
Portland’s Hot Suppa imports soul and Southern influences to the rugged coast of Maine. As with several other eateries on this list, customers came to Hot Suppa for its wide range of soul food but ended up staying for its syrup-coated chicken and waffles.
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Simply Marie’s, Baltimore
Simply Marie’s is one of Baltimore’s most charming breakfast spots. Regulars swear by the restaurant’s chicken and waffles, which comprises three wings scattered over a large Belgian waffle. Top that combo off with maple syrup, and the result is a chicken and waffles platter that makes Simply Marie’s simply delicious.
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Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, Boston
Darryl’s corners the market on enthusiasm for chicken and waffles. Its chicken and waffles dish is so popular that the restaurant serves it up during an all-day “Glorifried” happy hour for less than the regular price. In addition to fried tenders, Darryl’s also offers its waffles up topped with dark or white meat.
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Beans & Cornbread, Southfield
Beans & Cornbread gets by on, well, beans and cornbread, but Wings & Waffles wouldn’t be an inaccurate backup title for the restaurant. The establishment serves plenty of both and has earned the adoration of foodies in Southfield and beyond. Guests can also pair their chicken and waffles with selections from an abundance of inspired sides and cocktails.
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The Lowry, Minneapolis
The Lowry entices customers with larger-than-life quotes printed on its floors and walls, then charms them into staying with a hearty offering of chicken and waffles. The Lowry tops this hand-breaded dish off with generous helpings of syrup and gravy.
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10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill, Vicksburg
It takes skill to stand out in the heartland of soul food. Luckily, 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill also has a beautiful view and some of the state’s best chicken and waffles. Patrons can enjoy the Vicksburg skyline, the game on TV or both while eating the restaurant’s signature sweet potato waffle.
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Goody Goody Diner, St. Louis
The Goody Goody Diner in St. Louis presents syrup-slathered chicken and waffles in a retro-inspired setting. Goody Goody has earned patrons’ adoration by serving up any mix of wings, waffles, half-waffles and sides. The restaurant’s versatility makes it one of Missouri’s biggest chicken and waffle powerhouses.
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Roost Fried Chicken, Bozeman
Montana isn’t commonly associated with chicken and waffles, but Roost Fried Chicken in Bozeman is changing that. Roost’s famed chicken and waffles come standard with heavenly maple pecan butter and zesty tenders, which have helped make the restaurant the toast of Bozeman.
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Overeasy is committed to bringing farm-to-table flavor to Omaha, and no dish reflects that commitment more than its chicken and waffles. The dish combines locally sourced chicken, wheat, buttermilk and fruit to make a chicken and waffle meal that is uniquely Nebraskan — and delicious.
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Gritz Cafe, Las Vegas
The Gritz Cafe has been a soul staple in Vegas for over a decade. Patrons can look forward to, among other dishes, a delightful chicken and waffle platter. In a unique twist, customers can swap out the chicken with fish.
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The Friendly Toast, Portsmouth
The Friendly Toast is more than just New Hampshire’s most adorably named breakfast stop, it’s also arguably the most devout study of chicken and waffles in New England. The Friendly Toast’s combination of chicken, waffles, mashed sweet potatoes, bacon and hot honey is to die for. The dish is so popular that it’s helping The Friendly Toast spread to Vermont and Massachusetts.
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Tops Diner, East Newark
Few restaurants know breakfast like Tops Diner. The diner has been in business since 1942 and enjoyed an unsullied reputation for excellence all those years. That reputation is due in no small part to the restaurant’s chicken and waffles, a dish whose savory flavors draw hungry patrons from all over New Jersey.
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Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles, Albuquerque
Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles built its fame on a combination of authentic, Southern-fried chicken and ultra-fluffy waffles. Frank’s has leveraged its dedication to delicious ingredients (including thick, sugary maple syrup) to establish itself as a culinary beacon in Albuquerque.
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Sylvia’s Restaurant, New York City
Sylvia’s has been a Harlem hot spot for years, and no wonder. Visitors can order chicken and waffles fresh from the griddle and enjoy this Southern creation in the heart of Manhattan. Sylvia’s is also frequented by local artists and performers.
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Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Raleigh
As implied by its name, Beasley’s presents a different take on chicken and waffles than many of its contemporaries. The restaurant drizzles much of its chicken in sweet, savory honey, and customers can – and often do – elect to have that deep-fried divinity served up on a deep-pocketed waffle. Chicken and waffle enthusiasts shouldn’t dare to pass Beasley’s honey-coated meals up.
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The Boiler Room, Fargo
Fargo’s prestigious Boiler Room restaurant is a staple of North Dakota’s food scene. This eatery built much of its reputation on such local favorites as deep-fried hard-boiled eggs, and its chicken and waffles is also a Boiler Room heavy hitter. After all, who could refuse chicken and waffles topped off with sausage gravy and cheesy tater tots?
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SOHO Chicken + Whiskey, Cleveland
SOHO brings proud, boisterous Southern cooking to the heart of Cleveland. The restaurant fries its chicken in true soul-food style before heaping it atop a waffle that’s been seasoned with rosemary. The dish is topped off with locally sourced Ohio syrup as a nod to SOHO’s adopted home.
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Waffle Champion, Oklahoma City
Waffle Champion makes its mark on chicken and waffles with a combination of Tabasco-infused honey and crisp herbs. The restaurant piles copious amounts of both onto its chicken and waffles for a creation unlike those of any other waffle joint.
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Screen Door, Portland
This cute Portland eatery’s claim to fame is perfectly fried chicken on a sweet potato waffle. Patrons may try to start with a single piece of chicken if they wish, but face it: It’s hard not to level up to the full three-piece experience..
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Green Eggs Cafe, Philadelphia
With apologies to Dr. Seuss, the Green Eggs Cafe has less to do with cherished children’s books than novel brunch creations. One of the cafe’s most acclaimed meals is chicken and waffles served with poached eggs and a hearty drizzle of hollandaise. Chicken and waffles lovers can find this unrivaled delicacy at one of the Green Eggs Cafe’s four Philly locations.
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Bucktown keeps Providence full of eclectic, down-home fare, but the restaurant’s chicken and waffles is one of its signature dishes. Bucktown takes a no-frills approach to its presentation , serving three pieces of chicken atop a Belgian waffle with some syrup. But this simplicity hasn’t dampened locals’ enthusiasm for ordering it.
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Early Bird Diner, Charleston
The name Early Bird Diner is a misnomer, since customers can mosey into the restaurant for brunch without being too late for its chicken and waffles. Early Bird’s rendition of this dish combines sweet, salty and savory flavors into an unforgettable taste.
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The Phillips Avenue Diner, Sioux Falls
The Phillips Avenue Diner’s notion of chicken and waffles is pretty sweet — literally. Its chicken and waffles comes topped with a mixture of vanilla and maple syrup, not to mention a large dollop of pecan butter.
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Miss Polly’s Soul City Cafe, Memphis
Miss Polly’s Soul City Cafe puts chicken and waffles smack dab in the middle of the Memphis music scene. Located on the one and same Beale Street where jazz legends honed their skills, the restaurant shows off its own talent in the form of fluffy Belgian waffles and hearty chicken. Visitors to Beale Street should vie for front-row seats here just as vigorously as they would at a nearby jazz club.
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24 Diner, Austin
The 24 Diner turns the very concept of a late-night eatery on its head. In addition to a charming aesthetic and locally sourced ingredients, the chicken and waffles are prepared here with brown sugar butter. Perhaps best of all, 24 Diner doesn’t restrict its chicken and waffles to brunch — as implied by its name, guests can stop by anytime.
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Bruges Waffles & Frites, Salt Lake City
What started as a waffle stand at Salt Lake City’s farmers market has become the states premier Belgian eatery. Bruges Waffles & Frites applies Belgian sensibilities to chicken and waffles, pairing delectable chicken tenders with a traditional Belgian waffle (and fresh fruit for good measure).
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Sneakers Bistro, Winooski
Looking for a great breakfast, lunch or brunch spot? Sneakers Bistro may be the place for you! Their Saturday and Sunday brunches, when you can get their epic chicken & waffles, are so popular that they recommend making a reservation first.
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Hair of the Dog Eatery, Virginia Beach
Despite its name, the Hair of the Dog Eatery doesn’t explicitly condone drinking alcohol to remedy a hangover. It is, however, a bit more outspoken about its chicken and waffles, which come standard with thick strips of bacon and even thicker syrup. Hair of the Dog’s chicken and waffles plate has earned more than a few swoons from lucky visitors — chicken and waffle junkies will have the same reaction.
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Fat’s Chicken and Waffles, Seattle
Fat’s affinity for New Orleans can be felt in everything from its vibrant murals to its music, though those aren’t some visitors’ main draws. No, that honor belongs to the restaurant’s combination of an ample, deep-fried chicken breast with a plate-size waffle that sports plenty of pockets for syrup and gravy. Yummy, indeed.
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Table 9, Morgantown
Table 9 is but one of a growing number of West Virginian restaurants bringing farm-to-table fare to the Mountain State, but no other establishment does chicken and waffles like it does. Table 9 prepares the dish with locally sourced ingredients before topping the entire production off with a generous helping of bourbon-infused syrup. Table 9’s chicken and waffles helped put the restaurant on the map — both locals and visitors should likewise put it on theirs.
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The Cozzy Corner, Appleton
The Cozzy Corner has earned nods aplenty for its delectable combination of tender chicken and Belgian waffles. The Corner deserves praise for bringing soul food to Wisconsin, but backs its culinary chops up with live music that patrons can enjoy while they dine.
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Cafe Genevieve, Jackson
Cafe Genevieve planted its flag in Jackson by offering delicious food in a charming atmosphere. Its chicken and waffles make a similarly appealing combo (and the addition of Vermont maple syrup doesn’t hurt, either).
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