Mike Gebert
Mike Gebert
Mike Gebert
Longman & Eagle
Mike Gebert
Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles
Mike Gebert
Sable Kitchen & Bar
Mike Gebert
Mike Gebert
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1. Wafel 217 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

Wafel's got, uh, waffles, and they're serving 'em up stuffed with things like honey-glazed chicken, BBQ salmon gravlax, and many more creative fillings in West Loop.

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2. Breakfast House 1800 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This West Side breakfast hideaway is one of the best spots in the city for breakfast (duh), as well as chicken and waffles, which comes with big pieces of buttermilk-brined, extra-crispy chicken (which scatters flaky fried bits like snow with every bite) with a Belgian-style waffle.

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3. Three Chefs Restaurant 8125 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60620

This Auburn Gresham joint serves some of the best food in the city, including some awesome chicken & waffles.

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4. Longman & Eagle 2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Longman & Eagle, the Michelin-starred gastropub in Logan Square, has an exclusive whiskey selection (clocking in at over 400 labels), a craft cocktail menu, and an extensive beer list all fit for the most pretentious of drinkers, in the least pretentious of atmospheres. Longman takes a flavor-forward, honest approach to eating and drinking, and because it doesn’t accept reservations, there is always a wait for brunch, happy hour, and dinner alike. (And it is always worth it.) While whiskey may be king, the regional American fare has just as much to offer, hence the Michelin star. The menu changes often, but expect anything from beef tallow beignets and veal brains to wild boar sloppy joes, chicken and waffles, and a burger that, if you know what's good for you, you will order.

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5. Grandma Js Local Kitchen 1552 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60651 (Humboldt Park)

This funky brunch spot has an appropriately vintage feel, eclectic antiques, a ceiling tiled with old tablecloths, and some damn good food: shrimp and grits, monte cristo, and chicken and waffle fritters. Oh, did we mention you can BYOB? Lunch is also served.

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6. Chicago's Home Of Chicken & Waffles 3947 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60653 (South Chicago)

The South Side locale of this Chicago hotspot is doling out just-as-delicious Southern breakfast foods at all hours -- head here on a drive home and get the mac and cheese.

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7. Batter & Berries 2748 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

While they aren't serving deep-fried Cap'n Crunch spinoffs, Batter & Berries is still willing to fatten up your morning meals within its perky, 68-seat nook, where framed floral art hangs on lemon walls, and the mosaic-laden tables were crafted by the owners themselves, though choosing which one to sit at will only be the start of your waffling.

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8. Sable 505 N State, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Sable's a 153-seat dark-hued, brightly lit, open-kitchened dining room and lounge whose haute cuisine-meets-comfort menu is designed to marry with a cocktail program crafted by a Violet Hour alum, who can in turn help you graduate beyond your usual schnapps and soda.

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9. 5 Loaves Eatery 405 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

Start with great fried chicken and, you know, what waffle? Not that there’s anything wrong with the waffle at this friendly, homey South Side breakfast spot. It's just that we were so wowed by the well-seasoned, gorgeously crispy chicken, which could be a new contender for best fried chicken in town, too. Extra bonus: your chicken and waffles can come with a side of grits.

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10. Fork 4600 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

Lincoln Square’s farm-to-table restaurant is a jaw-unhinging “showstopper” destination. Whether you're joining them for a brunch filled with fantastic chicken and waffles, "brunch-ready monster," which features a 1lb prime beef patty poised atop a Belgian waffle "bun" and smothered in cheddar and Swiss, or just popping by to enjoy something from their impressive wine and beer lists, you'll feel like a winner.