There're a slew of fantastic food combinations -- bacon & chocolate, Kool-Aid & hush puppies -- that sound kind of strange when you first hear about 'em, including everyone's favorite such dish: fried chicken & waffles. It's the best combination of lunch and breakfast since... well, brunch, and no city does this soul food-staple better than ours. Want proof? Here're Atlanta's nine best ways to eat chicken & waffles...
If their incredibly savory chicken isn't enough to keep you coming back every day, one of their eight, yes eight (!), C-n-W options (Hello, Georgia peach pie and red velvet!) definitely will.
Nana G’s Chik-n-Waffles
Unequivocally proving fried foods make you live forever, this red/white/blue meal rig was started by the family of a breakfast-cookin' ATL centenarian and combines spicy tenders with Belgian-style waffles... though the Belgians probably don't put bacon in theirs like Nana G does. Silly Belgians.
Bantam & Biddy
Thick, fluffy waffles, some solid tenders, and a smothering of their house vanilla bean apple sauce give this a warm, homey feel. But not, like, your home, since your mom doesn't make some of Atlanta's best chicken & waffles.
Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles
If Gladys Knight were your woman, you'd be lucky (obviously... and probably in your '70s), 'cause then her son'd have to hook you up when you order the “Midnight Train” -- a plate of giant wings & giant waffles -- at one of the three local spots bearing his mom's name.
South City Kitchen
A brunch (and occasionally lunch) special that -- along with everything else on SCK’s “everything’s better with butter” menu -- provides the perfect Southern hangover cure. To be fair, there is some Vermont maple syrup involved, but that’s just to make your yankee cousins feel better.
The Midway Pub
East Atlanta Village
Served sandwich-style (so you can ditch the fork), this fancy-looking, rosemary syrup-drizzled option is actually the best way to eat chicken & waffles without people thinking you're funny-looking.
10th & Piedmont
The most creative of your local options, this scrumptious skewer is part-carney food, and part-Paula Deen fantasy that starts with a moist tender, dips it in waffle batter, and then straight-up deep-fries that sucker, the way that nature intended all things to be served.
The hottest (literally) chicken & waffles option in Atlanta comes from an... um, Indian restaurant? Yep. This Kerala-style fried chicken brings some serious heat, thanks to chili and other powerful spices you don't usually find on a low country waffle.
Thanks to bone-in chicken (for extra juiciness), thick waffles, crème fraîche, mascarpone cheese, and fruit compote, Chef Calvin actually makes the richest option on our list. Then makes the poor decision to pair it with a... ugh... salad.
1. Infusion Bistro2520 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta
2. Nana G's Chik-N-Waffles199 Armour Drive, Atlanta
3. Bantam & Biddy1544 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta
4. Gladys Knight & Ron Winans Chicken and Waffles529 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
5. South City Kitchen Midtown1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta
6. Midway Pub552 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta
7. 10th & Piedmont991 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta
8. Cardamom Hill1700 Northside Dr, Atlanta
9. Poor Calvin's510 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open for lunch, dinner & brunch, this award-winning Midtown restaurant puts a contemporary twist on classic Southern cooking.
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.
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.
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.