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Mar 1, 2010 06:20 AM

Chicken & Waffles in SF

We will be in San Francisco this month and would love to find a great place for chicken and waffles. Any suggestions?

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  1. Best I've had are just across the Bay Bridge in West Berkeley.

    900 Grayson

    900 Grayson
    900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    1. There was (is?) a place near Jack London Square. They may have been affiliated with Roscoe's in the past. They were painfully slow the one time that I went, but I would swear by Roscoe's.

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      1. re: chocolatetartguy

        I think it's still there, it's near Yoshi's but I haven't eaten there.

        1. re: chocolatetartguy

          If I recall, the place using the name Roscoe's didn't have a real affiliation with the Southern California places.

          Gussie's in the Fillmore is okay.

          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            Home of Chicken and Waffles is still in JLSq but it had some legal issues with Roscoe's and the name (they're not related). There's also Merritt Restaurant and Bakery and Brown Sugar Kitchen.

            1. re: ML8000

              I wasn't impressed by Merritt's chicken and waffles but for those who like them, you may want to stop by for a final visit as it seems that it may close.


          2. FWIW Mercury Cafe 201 Octavia St, has them on what looks like their Sunday brunch menu.

            1. Another East Bay option woudl be Lois the Pie Queen. I can vouch for the fried chicken which is quite good, but I have not had their waffles.

              In SF I see that its featured on the menu at Little Skillet. Haven't been there, but that sounds awfully tempting...

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              1. re: BernalKC

                Little Skillet is the place.

                I can't believe I forgot to mention that one. They just lost their chef unfortunately, but on a nice day, their chicken and waffle combo is as good as it gets. The waffle is a small, a mini belgian type - the chicken is free range, and cooked perfectly. Seating is the loading dock across the alley, or one of the milk crates on the sidewalk, unless you find parking nearby.

                They're an offshoot of Farmerbrown, which also has the combo, but if pictures are any indication, Little Skillet is the better bet.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  OMG is Christian still there at Little Skillet? I think he makes the place tick, and if he's gone....yikes. I will miss seeing his red beard and baseball cap! Will have to do some recon this week....

                  My favorite thing there, besides the chicken and/or waffle, is the cucumber salad. It sounds so simple, but they put shaved fennel in it. It's vinegary, and a little hot and spicy (pimiento????) I could eat a bucket of that stuff. The ginger ale is really good too. It's Prince Neville, I think, and will burn a hole in your throat it's so effing gingery.

                  Also the Sf Chronicle had a huge article on chicken and waffle joints as they seem to multiplying rapidly. Can't find an active link tho, sorry.

              2. I am a fan of Auntie April's Chicken and Waffles in Bayview/Hunters Point. Rough area of town, but both the chicken and waffle is cooked to order and delicious. For five bucks, you can get a plate of two chicken wings and a buttermilk waffle - can't beat that!

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                1. re: alina555

                  Has anyone tried Gussie's on Eddy (at Fillmore)?

                  1. re: spling

                    I posted up above saying it's okay. Not the best or worse. Little Skillet is better, though the portions are 1/3rd what you get at Gussie's. I think it's hit or miss, depending on how fresh the food is, and how much business they're doing. I bet it was really good when they first opened.

                    My chicken was on the dry side, but had nice spicing. The waffle was good, but on the chewy, and lukewarm side. It's the closest to Roscoe's I know of without going to a remote part of town, and truthfully, unless Roscoe's is having an "on" kind of day, they're very similar in their mediocrity.