Soul food has ruled the waistlines of millions of people around the world since the beginning of time. If for some mind-bending and wail-inducing reason you don’t know what we’re talking about, think collard greens, mac ‘n’ cheese and of course the holy grail, fried chicken. In our minds (don't come for us), chicken and waffles are the crowned jewel of all that is soul food.
Not from Louisiana but instead from a metropolitan city in south east Queensland? We’ve got the hookup of the best spots to find chicken and waffles right here in Brisbane, so scroll on.
Chicken and waffles for dinner? Yes. Please. Bourbon Street may not be open for breakfast, but that doesn't stop them from dishing up the Louisiana classic (though they are open for lunch on weekends if you're too weirded out by waffles for tea). Served up with maple syrup, Cajun mayo and honey mustard, they'll transport you straight to New Orleans.
Halo Ground is making some serious waves in the brunch scene, and you need to stop in for their Cock Waffle in all its umami glory. Perched atop a fluffy sweet potato waffle sits Japanese-style fried chicken, a poached egg and a generous combo of house-made wombok slaw and house fermented kimchi. Sure, it’s leaning more towards the ‘lunch’ end of brunch but we ain’t complaining.
Yeerongpilly, Yeronga And Fortitude Valley
Chicken and waffles with the lot are what you'll find at Andonis Cafe, perfect for first timers to the heart attack-inducing stack. The lineup: crunchy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside Belgian waffles topped with a tower of crispy, juicy cereal-crumbed fried chicken. Not content with just one kind of protein, they've also gone and added bacon, poached eggs and haloumi for good measure, all of it drizzled with truffle mayo and maple syrup. Picture that being assembled in slo-mo cause we sure are.
Almost as erotic as an actual striptease, My Mistress at Clayfield serves their chicken and waffles under the name ‘Strip Tease’. Baked waffles are the foundation this time with ultra crispy buttermilk chicken and a bit of smashed avo and chilli mayo. Okaaaay, we see you. Of course, the whole ensemble is drenched in a generous splash of maple syrup.
We love a cafe that mixes things up with each new menu change, so enter Blockhouse’s everchanging chicken and waffles, which adopt a different take every season. This time around it's all about a jalapeno cheddar waffle instead of the traditional Belgian, crowned with fried chicken and pickles and slathered with hot sauce aioli. Surely that’s the definition of brunch.
The Rabbit Hole Cafe
Wynnum and Seven Hills
Want to devour chicken and waffles but feel kind of like you're being healthy? Head for The Rabbit Hole Cafe, where you'll find their stack healthified with the addition of kale and apple slaw. Don't worry, it still has all the good stuff though, including maple bacon, jack cheese, sriracha kewpie mayo and maple syrup.
This new Balmoral cafe knows what's up—they've just brought out a new summer menu and it features a chicken and waffle stack that will absolutely draw in the crowds. At Willow Cafe, mango buttermilk fried chicken is perched atop Norwegian waffles and drizzled with pure Canadian maple syrup for that perfect mixture of sweet and savoury.
Kettle & Tin
Anyone who’s ever had a brief stint of calling Paddington home knows that Kettle & Tin will welcome you with one arm open for a warm hug and a delicious feed ready for you in the other. Their addition to this roundup is no different. Savoury brunch people this one’s for you—a sweet waffle is replaced with a herbed one, topped with a double battered chicken thigh coated in the maple sriracha and the secret sauce of your dreams. Did someone say hangover cure?
Rabbit & Co
Don’t mind the name, you won’t be munching on rabbit food here. Instead, you’ll be tucking into Rabbit & Co’s crispy chicken waffles with kale and apple slaw, maple bacon, jack cheese, Sriracha kewpie and maple syrup. Sweet, spicy and all sorts of delicious.
Bear Boy Espresso
For those who want their waffles with a side of ‘grammable pastel interiors, we bring you the chicken and waffles from Bear Boy Espresso in Windsor. Your eggs benny gets an upgrade—swap out the soggy toast for warm and crisp sweet waffles jewelled with golden buttermilk chicken then a perfectly poached egg gloriously painted with truly decadent sriracha hollandaise. It’s a sight to behold.
Given Kitchen & Bar
Another morning spot that's discovered the joys of turning croissants into waffles is Given Kitchen & Bar, who use them as the base of their karaage chicken benny. Pile up with two poached eggs, karaage chicken, sriracha hollandaise and sautéd kale, you're also given the option to swap the karaage chicken out for pork belly—but then it wouldn't be chicken and waffles, would it?
Ok, so technically Lady Marmalade's confit duck on a chilli corn bread waffle isn't chicken, but we don't discrimate against fowls here. One of their signature dishes for eons, the dish features confit duck Maryland with pecan butter, a fried egg, candied pecans and a maple and chilli sauce (on the side so you can control the pour) served on a chilli cornbread waffle.
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Image credit: Bourbon Street, Ranyhyn Laine, My Mistress