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Chicken and Waffles in Durham or Chapel Hill, NC?

I had the pleasure of eating brunch at Bouchon in Las Vegas a few days ago, but I made an unfortunate decision in ordering the chicken and waffles. Though it sounded great on the menu, Bouchon's version, which includes roasted chicken and sauce chasseur, clashed mightly with my subliminal expectation that this dish instead be served with fried chicken and plenty of maple syrup.

So that got me thinking. Where in Durham or Chapel Hill can I get a good plate of chicken and waffles? I've had it for lunch at Blue Mountain Catering in downtown Durham (awesome). I've heard rumors that you can get it at Pan Pan Diner at Northgate and also read that it occasionally appears on the menu at Carolina Inn. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Those are the only 3 I know. Blue Mountian's is really good, Pan Pan is okay and I've never had CI's. You could always get Shrimp Boats take out and make your own waffles.

    1. Ya know having seen others reports on the Bouchon Chicken and Waffles and also a place in Atlanta and I believe one in Detroit as had me wondering the same thing. Had I more time in DC I would have tried Art Smiths version at his Art And Soul. I'm surprised you didn't like the Bouchon version. Was it the taste or as you mentioned that your expectations were surprised?

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      Bouchon
      62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        I think it was a combination of both the taste of Bouchon's version and my preconcieved notions about chicken and waffles that threw me. First, I couldn't detect any bacon or chives in the savory waffles and, although the roasted chicken was delicious and cooked perfectly, I really felt like it didn't match well with the waffle and syrup. That's probably just my personal bias though.

        My biggest roadblock in the dish was the sauce chasseur. I'd never had it before and didn't really know what to expect. It was very "meaty" tasting and just seemed to overpower the rest of the dish. I poured it onto my plate several times to try to get a handle on it, but ended up using the maple syrup for the majority of my food slam.

        Otherwise, everything else on our four top table was awesome. My wife had a crazy good spinach quiche which I was happy to help her finish (we both noted that it was similar in taste and appearance to the spinach quiche at Piedmont), cornbeef hash was enjoyed by a third person at our table, and our fourth dining companion claimed that the smoked salmon benedict was the best she ever had. Oh, and the frites we ordered for the table were out-freakin'-standing.

        My meal at Bouchon made me truly appreciate how fortunate we are to have similar (though less expensive) restaurants like Rue Cler, Vin Rouge, and Piedmont avaiable to us in Durham.

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        Rue Cler Restaurant
        401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

        Vin Rouge
        2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

        1. re: ToothTooth

          Yeah if I get back to Vegas or NY, I'll have to give, what has to be Keller's cheapest offering that I know of, a try. Even if I just pick up a pastry or 3.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Just go back from Vegas and Bouchon. They do have waffles with with Tahaitan (spelling) butter for $12. The oatmeal is really good too. Like you, the search for chicken and waffles does not end at Bouchon. The roasted chicken aspect sounded weird, so Croque Madame it was. Had my first and only, and the experience that all others will be judged by at Lolo's Chicken and Waffles in Phoenix. Amazing! and I thought I was crazy to order it. Crisp crunchy soft on the inside waffles with great fried chicken nested on top, a scoop of butter and a side of maple syrup. Is that what Blue Mountain serves?

            1. re: winedine

              A Bojangles breast on top of a homemade waffle would be tough to beat at any restaurant, anywhere.

              1. re: winedine

                I've only had the chance to have Blue Mountain's chicken and waffles on one occasion and it was really good. The chicken is seasoned and fried very well, but it doesn't have a real thick coating of breading therefore the outside doesn't fry up especially crisp or hard if that's what you're looking for. I thought it was awesome.

                1. re: ToothTooth

                  This is a dumb question, but given it's name, can you actually go and sit down and eat there or is it strictly catering.

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    You can sit down and eat at Blue Mountain Catering but only during lunch hours Tuesday through Friday. Its cash only. Since I haven't been there in a few months, you might want to call ahead and make sure their hours haven't changed.

                    I dug around and found this old Carpe Durham entry about Blue Mountain and it includes more details. Plus, it actually has a picture of the chicken and waffles.

                    http://carpedurham.com/2008/06/12/i-h...

            2. re: ToothTooth

              I'm sure somewhere there is a chicken and waffle sandwich. Hell if KFC were so smart to make that stupid double down, they should have made a chicken and waffle sandwich or wrap.. though I guess the latter wouldn't work as you'd want a crisp waffle.

          2. Try Sandwhich in Chapel Hill (407 W Franklin). They have a new brunch. They serve fried chicken (a sort of paillard, deep fried) with spinach and french toast (with honey). I have no idea why 's so good, but it's insanely tasty. This is the brunch menu: http://www.sandwhich.biz/blog/?page_i....

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            1. re: Noel_B

              Thanks for the heads up on Sandwich's version. That sounds really good.

              I noticed recently that Spice Street has a version of chicken and waffles on their brunch menu. Says it comes with "redy eye country gravy".

              http://www.ghgrestaurants.com/spice/m...

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              Spice Street
              201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

            2. Blue Mtn. Catering indeed had great chicken an waffle-- although not served with maple syrup-- but I am sad to report that they have closed. Too bad because the four times I've eaten there the food was always tasty and plentiful-- if a bit slow getting it,which was odd given that I/we were usually the only ones in there. I guess they concentrated on the catering side of their business to the detriment of the restaurant side.

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              1. re: bbqme

                There is a place opening up according to carpedurham called Dame's Chicken and Waffles at 317 W. MAIN, DURHAM, NC, 2770.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  Yeah, I saw that. I'm super stoked to try that place out. Does anyone know if its open yet?

                  1. re: ToothTooth

                    Carpe Durham only lists it as being ready to open (meaning they've passed inspection). They better have a darn good platter if they are going to make that their name.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      The owner of Blue Mtn is Damien... who is also the owner of Dame's Chicken and Waffles... so it should be just as delish.

              2. Hey ToothTooth, if you're still looking you should check out Dame's Chicken & Waffles on Main St in Downtown Durham. It's brand new. I ate there a couple weeks ago with my dad and it was amazing. The food and the atmosphere. Probably close to the best fried chicken I've ever had.
                And it's their hallmark dish, so you don't have to worry about trying to find out when it's on the specials menu. It's always there.

                1. Incidentally--I visited Dame's today and it was pretty much the most amazing thing I've ever eaten. I asked about their hours--which aren't posted anywhere--and I found out they'll be open for lunch every day from about 11 to 3 and for dinner Wednesday until 8, Thursday til 10, Friday til midnight, and Saturday until whenever.

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                  1. re: quasiradiant

                    I'm hoping to get there soon it looks devine from what I've seen. I just don't like the idea of chicken on the bone with my waffle. I know it has better flavor.. but I'd rather not have to mess with the bone..

                    1. re: quasiradiant

                      The only thing I don't get is that the avg dish is $11 bucks and some change. Not sure that sits too well with me.

                      1. re: quasiradiant

                        Thanks quasiradiant! I wish they'd get their website update and active with the hours. Want to check out the place but don't want to drive all the way to Durham to find it closed....

                      2. I was in Durham this weekend--I have a friend who lives in MD and is a MASSIVE Duke basketball fan and went to whatever they call Midnight Madness; she was staying overnight and Durham is actually closer to me than where she lives so I went down--and we found Dame's. OUTSTANDING. I liked that the waffles weren't the huge Belgian style and the chicken was amazing. The only note I'd make is that they don't open until 11 a.m. but if you're in the area you will NOT be disappointed.

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                        1. re: MandalayVA

                          We've frequented Dame's numerous times. Yes, the food tastes AMAZING (although it's very heavy). Our last visit on a Friday night in early September had the WORST service I've ever seen in Dame's. I'm not sure what is going on (the AC wasn't working well) but the host was beyond surly (looking at his iPad the entire time, no eye contact, nary a smile broken), the server went on her 15 minute break in the middle of serving us and NOBODY seemed happy. Usually the taste of the food makes up for their slow service and strict waiting policy---but no longer. I can only hope that management takes note and rights the ship