Food & Drink

From Gladys Knight to Nana G, these are Atlanta's best chicken & waffles

Published On 04/16/2014 Published On 04/16/2014
chicken and waffles
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles
South City Kitchen
Sebastian Davis
Laurie Edward
Cardamom Hill
Sebastian Davis
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1. Infusion Bistro 2520 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Their name comes from the fact that they're infusing all of your favorite, traditional dishes with innovative touches and twists. Try their chicken penne, which comes with a cajun tomato sauce, or one of their eight (yes, eight) flavors of waffles, from red velvet to Georgia peach pie.

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2. Nana G's Chik-N-Waffles 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324

Unequivocally proving fried foods make you live forever, Nana G's is a red/white/blue meal rig run by the family of a breakfast-cookin' ATL centenarian (check the drawing of her on the truck), using natural ingredients from local farms to make every Southerner's favorite battercake/bird combo. Each waffle gets powdered sugar, maple syrup, and bacon plus two pieces of fried chicken in extra-sauced combos like "Papa G's" w/ hot sauce, or the Bananas Foster-topped "Auntie P's", also what your uncle told a young you when asked why they have separate beds.

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3. Bantam & Biddy 1544 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30325 (Morningside)

At its core, Bantam & Biddy is a Southern diner: affordable comfort food is king. Its flagship location, on a corner of Ansley Mall, sports a hickory bar with craft cocktails, and orange banquettes with rooster-embellished cushion pins, as you'd expect from a Southern diner. At all of its locations across Atlanta, Bantam & Biddy gives high-quality, regionally-sourced proteins (poultry and seafood alike) and seasonal vegetables the Southern treatment, resulting in dishes like buttermilk-fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, Creole shrimp po-boys, and braised collards.

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4. Gladys Knight & Ron Winans Chicken and Waffles 529 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

From the “The Empress of Soul” herself, GKRWCW is the undisputed bastion of Atlanta chicken and waffles. With brunch all day, this down-home, Southern eatery serves up all the classic dishes you could want, including fried green tomatoes, collared green spring rolls, and more.

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5. South City Kitchen Midtown 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Open for lunch, dinner & brunch, this award-winning Midtown restaurant puts a contemporary twist on classic Southern cooking.

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6. Midway Pub 552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

This East Atlanta Village hot spot has a game room, over 130 brews, signature cocktails (along with frequent drink specials!) and a spacious patio to enjoy all of the above. Enjoy cripsy pimiento cheese fritters and jalapeño bacon jam while sampling a flight of beer.

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7. 10th & Piedmont 991 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

10th & Piedmont's a "celebration lounge" focuses squarely on artisanal vodkas and shared plates. Check 'em out for a laid-back, swanky feel, plus some of the best chicken and waffles in the ATL.

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8. Cardamom Hill 1700 Northside Dr, Atlanta, GA 30318 (West Atlanta)

Asha Gomez is heeding the demand for her monthly Spice Route supper club with brick-and-mortar Cardamom Hill, in which she serves upscale Indian in a relaxed, woodsy den with rosewood walls, a thick community table, and a canopy-covered front bar with cut-out sections for assorted pottery.

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9. Poor Calvin's 510 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Downtown)

Poor Calvin's serves Asian fusion food with Thai and American influences. Check 'em out for their killer brunch, and some of the best chicken and waffles Atlanta has to offer.