by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
It shouldn't be a surprise that a city known for its Southern charm would offer great restaurants for noshing on one of the South's most beloved dishes: chicken and waffles. Because the spicy-sweet combo works for day and night, you'll find it on brunch, dinner and even late-night menus in Washington, D.C., for those times when you can't choose between savory and sweet, breakfast or dinner. Chicken and waffles might seem like a strange combination, but try it at a D.C. restaurant once and you'll be back for more. (Pictured: Chicken and waffles with a side of mac at Founding Farmers)
Updated: January 11, 2011
"Not only can you get chicken and waffles, but you can get chicken with a side order of chicken with your waffles; chicken squared, if you will," says Citysearch Dictator Jacob P. of this U Street soul food spot, which serves up the dish late into the night.
Citysearch Dictator Beth Ann V. says this hybrid Southern-Belgian restaurant brings ?an air of sophistication to such a down-home dish." Adds @BeccaClaraLove of her Marvin chicken and waffle experience: "I had an affair." Served with brussels sprouts, the dish is available on the dinner menu.
Citysearch Dictator Jessica M. loves the farm-to-table cuisine at this Foggy Bottom Certified Green Restaurant. "The chicken was juicy and the portions are always huge!" she says. "They definitely know how to serve plentiful Southern dishes." The free-range chicken is served with gravy, waffles, and mac and cheese on the dinner menu or with eggs at brunch.
The chicken and waffles at this U Street cafe is by far one of its most popular brunch dishes. "The chicken is perfectly fried and seasoned pretty well, and sits on top of a huge waffle that fits the diameter of a large plate," says Citysearch Dictator and foodie Lisa M.
Celeb chef Art Smith proved on "Top Chef Masters" that he's mastered the art of Southern cooking, and his skills are best on display during weekend brunch, when friend chicken and waffles are served with maple syrup and sausage gravy.