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Chicken and Waffles in DC

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saxman930 May 4, 2012 04:01 PM

So never had chicken and waffles, but what can be bad about fried chicken and waffles. I hear Atlanta is a good place to go, but considering I live in DC, i don't think I will be going there soon. Any suggestions? I work on the Hill and live in Upper NW. I hear Art and Soul has it sometimes. But if there is a place not sketchy around the Hill i am game.

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    katecm RE: saxman930 May 4, 2012 07:12 PM

    What do you mean by sketchy? Oohs and Aaahs on U Street is the place to go. If you think that U Street is too sketchy...well, that in and of itself is troubling...but Churchkey on 14th has it more upscale too.

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      saxman930 RE: katecm May 4, 2012 08:04 PM

      no U st. isn't bad. it used to be iffy, but now its better. i meant like Eckington or Anacostia.

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      Steve RE: saxman930 May 4, 2012 10:23 PM

      What can be bad is if the chicken isn't all that good or the waffles aren't all that good, or if they put honey over them, this dish can be boring with lame efforts all around. The best waffles are at Locolat. Savory Belgian waffles (I especilaay like the garlic, pesto, or wild herbs.) Since it is a Belgian place, they do not serve it with fried chicken, but you can get a Queen's Delight, which is topped with chickens and mushrooms in a cream sauce. These waffles will spoil you for the others out there. The best fried chicken is the smoked then fired chicken at Ray's Eat of the River - again this trupms fried chicken elsewhere. It is located on the other side of the Anacostia River in NE DC, but not in Anacostia which is a specific neighborhood in SE DC.

      There is nothing sketchy about any of these destinations. They are all safe.

      1. woodleyparkhound RE: saxman930 May 5, 2012 07:28 AM

        I recently read an article about the best fried chicken in the US. On that Top 10 list was chicken and waffles at Birch and Barley. I think they serve it at brunch only. I often disagree with these lists, but still, the article caused me to put this on my radar screen.

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          agarnett100 RE: woodleyparkhound May 5, 2012 08:44 AM

          @saxman930 - what exactly do you mean by sketchy and are you going to make the same comment in all your postings? Most restaurants on U St serve chicken and waffles the pairing was created at the Well Supper Club in Harlem NY around 1938

          http://www.nytimes.com/1984/12/02/nyr...

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            kathleen440 RE: woodleyparkhound May 5, 2012 12:30 PM

            The Birch and Barley version is wonderful - definitely worth hunting down a brunch reservation.

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              msjess RE: kathleen440 May 9, 2012 06:16 AM

              They serve brunch all day on Sunday. I found that out one time by accident when I booked a reservation for Sunday evening. they do serve more savory things around dinner.

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              msjess RE: woodleyparkhound May 7, 2012 02:10 PM

              I've had birch and barley's and they were indeed very very good. They had excellent fried chicken, very flavorful.

              Founding Farmer's would be a distant second for me.

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              RogInVA RE: saxman930 May 8, 2012 08:25 PM

              Marvin's on 14th just past U Street has GREAT chicken and waffles. Enjoy!

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                Steve RE: RogInVA May 9, 2012 09:27 AM

                Marvin's waffles outright not as good as Locolat.

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                Gleason RE: saxman930 May 12, 2012 02:58 PM

                I was at Founding Farmer's on Pennsylvania Avenue a couple of weeks ago and noticed that they had chicken and waffles on the menu. We didn't order it but the couple at the next table did. It looked really good, but I cannot give any first hand impressions of how it tasted.

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