Though no one is exactly sure of the origins of this unusual dish, there are plenty of interesting theories. One lofty take is that waffles entered American cuisine in the late 1700’s when Thomas Jefferson purchased a waffle iron from France at the same time that fried chicken was a common breakfast meat. Meanwhile, the practice of serving a breakfast bread with whatever meat was available was common throughout rural America. However it came to be, we do know that this sweet and savory delicacy has been going strong since it popped up in trendy restaurants in Harlem in the 1930s and at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles in the 1970’s. The later being famous enough that even President Obama made time to pay them a visit. Lucky for you, you don’t have to travel to NY or LA to enjoy this famed comfort food because we’ve got four great picks for you right in Seattle.
Captain Blacks
129 Belmont Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 327-9549
www.captainblacksseattle.com

Tucked away on a sleepy side street in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood this single story home come bar and restaurant is a favorite haunt for those in search of a great happy hour, great wings, and yes, famed chicken and waffles. They serve ’em up two ways here: their classic rings in at under 10 bucks, offering diners a Belgian-style waffle with a deep-fried chicken breast, butter and syrup, or go deluxe with The Captain’s and they’ll add house-made gravy, aged white cheddar and scallions for just three bucks. Go early if you want a spot on their sunny deck!

Harry’s Chicken Joint
6032 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 938-9000
www.harryschickenjoint.com

Just the name itself starts to make your mouth water. Harry’s Chicken Joint sits unassumingly along a main drag in West Seattle, but step inside and you’ll find nothing modest about the food coming out of the fryers here. Sit at one of the tables in the front room and you can catch all the deep-fried action while you ponder whether or not to add prosciutto or smoked pepper jack to your chicken and waffles order. You can’t go wrong either way. Harry’s serves up a couple of jumbo chicken tenders that seem to cozy right up to the perfectly toasted waffles. Drizzle on some plum maple syrup and dig in. Harry’s even offers up old-timey sodas, like Mr. Cola, that makes any chicken and waffles experience complete.

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Witness
410 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-0248

If you’re looking to have a religious experience while eating your chicken and waffles, then settle into one of the refurbished church pews at Witness and order up this classic combination. You may have the desire to shout out “hallelujah” once you bite into the golden waffle that is drenched in flavor thanks to the bourbon maple syrup that finds its way into every nook and cranny of the toasted Belgian delight. The chicken, crisp yet tender on the inside, refuses to play second fiddle in this assembly. The combination of the two have crowds flocking to this Capitol Hill joint that takes its inspiration from the food and libations from the South. Order your chicken and waffles with one of their aptly named cocktails, like the Saint Christopher, and you’ll find yourself singing the praises of this joint in no time.

Nates Wings And Waffles
9261 57th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-9464
www.nateswingsandwaffles.com

Even if you’re not a basketball fan, you’ll want to head to this pint-sized room on the south end for wings, waffles and, you guessed it, chicken and waffles. Former NBA star Nate Robinson opened shop with a couple of partners late last year and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. You can get a plain waffle but why would you when the not so plain waffle is crunchy and tasty and speckled with honey, rosemary butter and maple syrup and the bacon one – well you can guess. Pair these beauties with an order of naked or breaded wings and add your choice of chipotle, coconut jalapeno lime, or garlic ginger teriyaki sauce and you’ll be planning your next visit before you walk out the door.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.