New Year, Same Gluttony

I went on an interview recently and they asked me what the best thing I ate in 2015 was. Weird interview question right? Yeah, not really. It was for the company Blue Apron, because food is my life so why not work for food centric organization? Anyway, I completely forgot about my delicious NOLA experience (shrimp and grits baby) and mentioned the amazing foodgasm that is the chicken and waffles from Sweet Chick in NYC. It was the best chicken and waffles dish I’ve had thus far. Check it out below as well as some others that were good, but only okay compared to Sweet Chick.

Sweet Chick

178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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Bacon-Cheddar Waffles with Fried Chicken

I usually don’t like when someone else orders the same thing as me or vice versa, because I’m greedy and like to try everything and that limits the variety. My friend and I both went with the fried chicken and waffles, however I got the bacon cheddar waffle and after our waiter’s recommendation, my friend ordered the dried cherry. The food here is amazing. I usually love the idea of chicken and waffles in theory, but rarely in practice. The chicken is usually too dry, the waffle too hard, but this was honestly perfect. The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy in the center. The waffle had that melt in your mouth quality and the pieces of bacon both inside and out of the waffle did not disappoint. I had the Sweet Chick to drink (Vodka, Triple-Sec, Watermelon, Lemon) and it was really good as well. This place was great. The whole experience was just a good time and the food was awesome. They also have a location in Brooklyn. FYI.

Soco

509 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Red Velvet Waffle and Organic Buttermilk Chicken

Came here for brunch with the intention of getting the fried chicken and red velvet waffle which is exactly what I did. It was good, but did not live up to the hype. The waffle was sweet, but not too sweet which was good, because it’s not dessert. It  complimented the chicken well, which was crispy on the outside, but a little dry on the inside. It seems like the type of meal that is better some days than others.  Definitely still try this place out and go on a Saturday so you can partake in the $15 bottomless mimosa brunch.

Pies ‘N’ Thighs

43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002

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Buckwheat waffles and fried chicken

I ordered food here before. Did not have the pleasure of dining in. They have two locations, one in Brooklyn and one on the Lower East Side. My friend and I both went with the chicken and waffles. The fried chicken sandwich and the egg breakfast looked great, but he was raving about the chicken and waffles so I went with it.  The chicken was good, but the waffle was a little too hard and dry, most likely since they are buckwheat waffles. Belgian is the way to go. I did really like the apple cinnamon and the maple butter on the side though. For so much hype around this place, I would definitely give it another chance.

Parlay Gastropub

210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY

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Country Fried Chicken Strips over a Belgian Waffle

I’ve gone to Parlay for different meals before. It’s good for drinks and apps, but one day decided to check out their brunch and obviously went for the chicken and waffles. It was interesting. They use boneless chicken strips instead of fried chicken on the bone and I found it to be a little chewy. The waffle was alright, a little hard. I did enjoy the sweet and spicy honey sriracha though. It gave the chicken a little kick. It was okay, but definitely not a front runner, but still try it out for yourself and get a side of tater tots.

North Third 

3rd & Brown St. Philadelphia, PA

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Confession: I have not actually eaten here, but my cousins have and rave about it all the time as the go to chicken and waffles spot in Philly. I recommended Sweet Chick to one of them and she ate there when she was in NYC and loved it, but still thought North Third was better. I like that they served eggs and potatoes with it. I’m a “the more, the merrier” type of person, especially when it comes to food. Apparently the waffle and the chicken are both moist, which is a necessity. I like that melt in your mouth factor of a waffle and chicken that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and that’s what you get at North Third. Going to be my first stop next time I’m in Philly.

Always give chicken and waffles a chance if you see it on the menu, but if it fails go to Sweet Chick in NYC. From chicken parm with a sun-dried tomato and basil waffle to cordon blue chicken with a gruyere and thyme waffle and many more options there is something to satisfy anyone’s cravings and go ahead and try the mac and cheese.

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