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Chicken and Waffles

Seven spots around the city to satisfy your savory-sweet craving

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
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Kat Rembacki

Americans have been eating chicken and waffles for more than a century.

Its origins have been traced back to the 1790s when fried chicken was apparently a common breakfast item (we feel might have been born in the wrong decade…). It’s a simple dish: fried chicken, served with a waffle, often with syrup and hot sauce. But the combination is craveworthy.

There’s more than one way to make this delectable dish, and how you take your chicken and waffles is a very personal choice – almost like how you take your coffee. There’s dark meat, light meat, bone in or boneless. You might like your waffles with a thick, fluffy Belgian style. Or do you prefer thinner, crispier waffles? There’s no wrong way to eat chicken and waffles.

For chicken and waffle lovers, Detroit is a crispy, savory-sweet Tasteland just waiting to be explored. Read on for a few of our favorite spots around the city.

New Center Eatery

New Center Eatery

New Center Eatery

3100 W. Grand Blvd.

NCE has been a not-so-secret chicken and waffles haven for years. Their kitchen turns out fluffy waffles and crispy fried chicken that rival the best versions we’ve had, not just in Detroit, but anywhere. We love the delicate sweetness of the waffles, which are slightly crispy around the edges. The chicken is perfectly golden brown on the outside, and juicy and flavorful inside. Spread on a little butter, pour on the syrup and top it all off with a few dashes of hot sauce.

Their Waffle of the Month is currently a Fruity Pebbles waffle, so if you like extra sweet in your savory-sweet combo, this one’s for you.

Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles

Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles

Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois

The name says it all. This place knows chicken and waffles.

At Kuzzo’s, you can pick and choose pretty much any part of the chicken you like. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Where they really turn up the volume is with their sweet potato waffle. It’s served with bourbon maple syrup and honey butter, and contrasts the crispy, savory chicken in the most delicious way.

Small Plates

Small Plates

Small Plates

1521 Broadway

Chicken and waffles are already a heavenly combo, but Small Plates takes it to the next level by slamming a crispy strip of bacon on their mini chicken and waffle sammies.

It all starts with a buttermilk waffle which is topped with golden fried chicken, white cheddar, and the good stuff (that’s bacon, obvs). The whole thing is drizzled with syrup in a glorious explosion of flavors that requires a fork and knife to devour. Good luck sharing this plate.

Ham Shoppe

Ham Shoppe Cafe

330 Monroe

This hole-in-the-wall diner in Greektown is a hidden gem of chicken and waffle goodness. Their kitchen tops a subtly sweet Belgian waffle with golden brown pieces of fried chicken, creating a scrumptious savory-sweet symphony. Drizzle on some syrup and hot sauce and savor that magical first bite.

Sweet Potato Sensations

Sweet Potato Sensations

Sweet Potato Sensations

17337 Lahser Rd.

We used to think there were only two ways to eat sweet potatoes: in a Thanksgiving casserole or as a pie. But this creative bakery in Detroit’s Old Redford neighborhood is baking this root vegetable in ways we’d never imagined.

Sweet Potato Sensations hosts Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and serve a genius version of chicken and waffles. Delicately flavored sweet potato waffles are served alongside juicy, crispy fried chicken – begging to be drizzled with syrup and hot sauce.

Gold Cash Gold

Gold Cash Gold

Gold Cash Gold

2100 Michigan Ave.

When you want to shake things up with your usual chicken and waffle order, head over to Corktown where Gold Cash Gold hosts brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

They serve a unique chicken and waffles recipe unlike anything else you’ll find. It starts off with a pickle brine fried chicken. The golden fried bird is paired with a half buckwheat waffle then drizzled with maple syrup, hot sauce and a sorghum glaze. Yum.

Hudson Cafe

Hudson Cafe

Hudson Cafe

1241 Woodward Ave.

It’s pretty tough to resist the red velvet pancakes and this popular breakfast spot. But when you’re in the mood for something savory-sweet, Hudson Cafe delivers with a reliably good plate of chicken and waffles. Bring your appetite and your patience: this place gets packed on the weekends, and you’ll find a hearty crowd spilling onto the sidewalk while they happily wait for their turn to chow down on the good stuff. (Pro tip: breakfast time during the week is blissfully uncrowded).

 

Where is your favorite place to eat chicken and waffles in Detroit? Let us know in the comments!

  • Bus

    I have had a few different chicken and waffles on this list but the one that I think takes the…well, waffle? is at punchbowl social. panko breaded chicken breast, malted waffle, strawberries, chipotle pecan maple syrup, candied walnuts…need I say more?

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