Vancouverites are going nuts over this Southern classic, which is why we thought a comprehensive list of the best places to try this sweet and savoury dish was timely. Diehard fans of the taste combo surely will have their two cents to throw in at the end as this is a quest that is never quite over.
2423 Marine Dr
Feast adds caramelized pecans and crème fraiche maple syrup to their unique take on this Southern dish. A weakness for pralines or caramelized anything makes me a sucker for this combination over and over.
251 E Georgia St
You know when you have reached the pinnacle of chicken and waffle tasting when you are in Chinatown enjoying the dish with pickled jalapeños, coleslaw, and just enough honey to cut through the burn. This is one of Mamie’s signature dishes and it doesn’t disappoint, even the portion of gravy is just enough to do a right proper smother.
Jackalopes Neighbourhood Dive
2257 E Hastings St
It is hard to tell but this place is serious about serving up Southern comfort with hormone and antibiotic free meats so your chicken won’t be out to get you in the long run. If you are really into getting comfortable, order your chicken and waffles with a side of the skillet cornbread, extra butter and pimento cheese spread. Hallelujah!
Save on Meats
43 W Hastings St
Wandering around Gastown can bring on a fantastic hunger and where better to grab a bite than the hipster haven that is Save on Meats. Diner style seating and traditional fare are staples around this charity-minded business, so it goes to say that the chicken will be extra crunchy and the waffles lightly dusted with icing sugar – just like Grandma used to make.
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
1055 W Hastings St #110
Oysters are killing it on the raw scene right now but for those with an aversion to the cold entrees, warm up your insides with these Cajun style chicken and waffles. Order extra onions and hot sauce and go out in a blaze of juicy chewy crunchy glory.
Tuc Craft Kitchen
60 W Cordova St
If drizzling is your thing, Tuc Craft offers three delicious sauces to their free-run fried chicken breast and waffles platter. Skip the totally Canadian maple syrup and try the Dijon Mournaise on not only the chicken but the waffles too. Turning this dish to a savoury one will have you coming back and enjoying not just for breakfast but for lunch too.
3835 Main St
What makes the Portland Craft chicken and waffles so special is the butter milk and hop fried organic chicken that top off the waffles. Ask for Put a Bird on It, extra gravy, a flight of lager and feel the essence of Portland, Oregon start to flow through your veins.
1212 Commercial Dr
Served with fruit compote and the sweetest Canadian maple syrup, Havana puts together a delicious day starter. Add a large iced tea and your taste buds will thank you as you take in the unique character of the space and the local artwork.
Sweetery Cafe + Dessert
340 W 2nd Ave
Table mates give the two thumbs up to the chicken on this one. The thick and juicy white meat with a delicate batter that compliments the crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside chewy waffle. When you are done this delicious dish, lick your fingers and start on the fresh fruit flan. Heaven.
Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville St
Instead of smothering the dish with syrup and gravy, Tableau takes the dish up a notch by focusing on the crispiness of the chicken and the incredible lightness of the waffle. Don’t forget to eat the garnish, as the greens are a refreshing burst of flavour to the palette after a satisfying dish like this.