Chicken 'N Waffles ... how best to eat it?
Two questions -- one is borne of etiquette, the other is motivated by maximizing the experience.
So bear with me, please.
As to the first, is it more proper to use knife and fork, or to attack the dish with bare hands? Or a combination of both?
On the second question, what's the best way to maximze the sweet and savory potential this dish has to offer?
In other words, do you somehow combine the fried chicken with the waffle and syrup and butter in each bite? Do you drizzle the syrup on both the chicken and waffle? What about the butter? Do you ever put the chicken on top of the waffle so that it can rest to allow some of that good salty grease to permeate those nooks and crannies in the waffle?
Or is it better to consume each (chicken and waffle) separately? Because the joy is just having both dishes at the same meal (not necessarily with each mouthful).
What about gravy? Is it preferrable to syrup? Or should it be in addition to syrup?
I fork up a bite of chicken, waffle and gravy (thoroughly dunked) and drag it through the syrup. If it doesn't drip on my shirt when I lift it to my mouth, something isn't quite right.
Never had it with gravy. I put syrup on the chicken and the waffle and eat bites of them together.
Ours always arrives with the chicken on the waffle. It's the only time I don't eat fried chicken with my fingers. (I can't imagine eating a waffle that way - with my fingers I mean.) . Knife and fork is the way to go. If the chicken is crisp enough, the waffle can be tender and I won't kvetch. Syrup, please; if there's gravy, it's gotta be a lot better than most chicken gravy I've found in restaurants.
When eating this dish out I use a knife and fork. Butter and syrup on the waffles, just syrup on the chicken, and take a small piece of each in one bite. However, when I make it at home, I use chicken tenderloins for the fried chicken, put one on half a waffle, fold up like a taco and dunk into a waiting ramekin of hot maple syrup.