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

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...

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Infusion Bistro
Lindbergh
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.

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Nana G’s Chik-n-Waffles
Mobile
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.

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Bantam & Biddy
Midtown
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

Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles
Downtown
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

South City Kitchen
Midtown
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.

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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.

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10th & Piedmont
Midtown
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.

Cardamom Hill

Cardamom Hill
Home Park
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.

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Poor Calvin’s
Downtown
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.

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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 (Atlanta)

Bantam & Biddy is here to serve you premium bird and pig in a casually cool corner of Ansley Mall with a heated/ covered courtyard patio, a hickory bar sitting on stacked window frames, and orange banquettes with rooster-embellished cushion pins.

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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.

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