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Can someone please explain chicken and waffles?

I don't understand this meal. Is this a low-country meal, Southern, Texan, etc? Do you eat them together, side by side on the same plate, or do you mix them so you get both flavors in the same bite? Are you supposed to put syrup and butter on the waffles?

To me a meal of chicken and a meal of waffles are completely separate and have completely separate and non-complimentary flavors. I'd love for someone to explain the history and appeal of this combo.

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  1. Your original post on this topic was moved from the Austin board, I guess because it is a more wide-ranging topic that is not Austin-specific. There are several responses to your original post.

    It's now under "General Chowhounding topics". Or you can click on "my chow" above and it will show you a list of all the topics on which you have posted.

    1. It's an LA thing. No, wait, it's a New York thing. No, wait, it's, ah, never mind.


      Pretty tasty, anyhow.

      1. To bring it back to Austin: where can one find this served in town?

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        1. re: renz

          Gene's has waffles and wings. Hopefully others can add to the list

          1. re: renz

            The Starlite Cafe on Colorado has chicken and waffles for brunch on Sundays. It's not on the menu, but it's almost always available for brunch. We dropped in once when it wasn't available, so if that's your #1 goal, be sure to call ahead.

            It was terrific, by the way. I endured the raised eyebrows and sidelong looks of the rest of our party until they tried it. They're all converts now.

            1. re: Gleep

              I had Starlite's chicken and waffles and it was NOT GOOD. The chicken was a drumstick that had more gristle than meat and not even half the meat on the chicken was edible. It was fried so long, it was grey and hard. Never going back.

            2. re: renz

              Tony's Southern Comfort on E. 6th serves chicken & waffles. You get a choice of boneless fried breast or wings. The waffles & chicken are served on one plate.

            3. I just moved here from South Carolina and can assure that this is NOT low-country cuisine!

              1. Too late for dinner, too early for breakfast - fascinating explanation!

                Sorry for posting this twice, I only searched the Austin board for a response, and when I didn't find anything I questioned whether or not I really posted to begin with.

                1. So, how are they eaten? I'm curious too. I read the wiki, and it says you do put butter and syrup on the waffles. But, do you tear off pieces of chicken and eat in the same bite as a the waffle, on a fork? Or do you alternate between bites of chicken and bites of waffle? Is the chicken served atop the waffle? If so, do you keep it there or move it? I love waffles and I love chicken. I'd really like to try this, but want to enjoy it "properly".

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                  1. re: stephanieh

                    stephanieh, They are served on the same plate, but side-by-side, at least at the places where I've been. I do not eat the items together (on the same forkful), but apparently some people do. There are some responses regarding this issue on the original thread with an identical title that was moved from this board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/535634

                    1. re: angusb

                      You can get chicken and pancakes at Hoover's and I love them. I don't eat them in the same forkful, but alternate bites. Yum!

                  2. Strangely, my husband and I discovered C&W at a place called Cafeteria in NYC's Chelsea. I had heard of it, but never had it. OMG- was it amazing! They used a fluffy buttermilk batter for both, and covered it in maple syrup. The salty sweet thing was amazing. If you ever go to NYC check this place out (yes, it is in Sex in the City, but the food is really quite good- also try the meatloaf).

                    It is my understanding that C&W were made popular in Harlem decades ago.

                    1. Had the chicken & waffles at The Breakfast Klub this morning in Houston, in case any of you Austin cats are down that way. The Belgian waffle can stand on its own, but the chicken was probably the best fried chicken I've ever had. Perfectly seasoned and hot soul fried to perfection.