There’s one dish that quintessentially combines lunch and breakfast all in one, creating the perfect brunch item. And that dish is fried chicken and waffles of course! Both salty and sweet, it’s hard to go wrong with this Southern-inspired dish. (For straightforward waffle dishes, go here). For the best chicken and waffle dishes, keep reading.

4600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 751-1500

When you try this Lincoln Square restaurant’s spin on fried chicken and waffles, it may be hard to try it anywhere else in the city. That’s because it’s made unlike any other. The chicken is brined in ginger, thyme and black tea before it’s deep-fried, and the waffle, too is made special with malt flour as an ingredient. This dish will melt in your mouth. Still hungry? It comes with bacon, too, all for $12.

739 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 266-6691

Have a hankering for fried chicken and waffles, but other classic brunch items with a twist, too? Look no further than this Near North Side restaurant where dining experiences vary from table to table. When it comes to brunch, sample a range of fare, including a buffalo chicken ‘n’ waffles. This brunch is full of sampling items sure to fill you up just right, all for $34 per person.

Longman and Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110

Just the right amount of salty and sweet, the fried chicken and waffles at this Logan Square hotspot hit all the right notes. For starters, most of the ingredients are locally sourced, including the fried chicken that’s made with chicken from Slagel Farms. And the $14 dish also goes beyond the traditional with a serving of pork belly hash, making this dish like no other chicken and waffles dish in the city.

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Sable Kitchen & Bar
Hotel Palomar Chicago
505 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704

Even chicken and waffles can be a gourmet dish, especially when this River North gastro-lounge has its say. The buttermilk fried chicken is crisp, and the round waffles just right. But what really makes this $13 worth every penny? The bourbon maple syrup from Burton’s that’s a wonderful sugary complement to the dish.

Kitsch’N Chicago
2005 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 248-7372

With breakfast available every day until 3 p.m. at this Roscoe Village institution, it’s easy to satisfy your chicken and waffle craving. For $11.99, you’ll get two pieces of Belgian waffle with, of course, some golden and crispy fried boneless chicken. Jalapeno honey butter rounds out the dish, giving it the perfect amount of spice. The chicken and waffle dish is part of an extensive Southern comfort-inspired breakfast menu, and you can enjoy it in house, take it to go, or even have it delivered!

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at