Chicken and Waffles

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.

Chicken and waffles is, let’s say, a unique menu item. It’s not for everyone. The appeal is the combination of the hot savory fried chicken and the sweeter waffle. Combined with syrup and honey mustard, it’s an odd pairing. Let’s compare and contrast a few of Alpharetta’s offerings.

Bantam Biddy Chicken WaffleBantam and Biddy’s chicken and waffles consists of a few freshly prepared chicken strips on top of a cheddar waffle. Served alongside is pure cane syrup and vanilla bean apple sauce. As waffles go, the cheddar waffle wasn’t all that sweet. The syrup made up for it by being sticky sweet. The chicken was tender and breaded just right. Dousing the whole thing with the syrup is the way to go. The waffle wasn’t too dense and actually complimented the chicken. It’s pricey though at $14.

Here’s where all the hate comes in. IHOP? On a foodie blog? How dare I. Hey, they’ve got chicken and waffles and I would be remiss if I skipped them. Know what? For frozen chicken strips and a waffle made from most likely a mix, it was pretty darn tasty. The waffle was sweet and the chicken tenders were a good balance with the very light waffle. The meal comes with honey mustard and of course your choice of maple syrup. If someone gave these chicken and waffles, I would not turn them down.

On the other hand, Top Golf’s chicken and waffles were a complete disaster. It’s very surprising considering how good their food is normally. It’s presented as chicken and waffle sliders instead of the normal chicken on top of the waffle configuration. Two cost $9 with no sides. They do come with maple syrup and some kind of jalapeno gravy stuff. The waffles are made in-house and were extremely dense and heavy. Take two of those as the bun combined with a rather thin piece of chicken and it’s just too much waffle. You’re chewing through tons of bread to get to a tiny morsel of chicken. Adding the syrup just makes your hands sticky. I ended up ditching the waffles altogether and dipping the chicken into the gravy which was very good. Overall it’s disappointing.

Out of the three chicken and waffles that I tried I would give the trophy to Bantam and Biddy. IHOP is a close second, and Top Golf sliced it into the woods. Take a chance, try something different and order the chicken and waffles. Tell me what you think.

6 Responses to “Chicken and Waffles”

  1. Travis Allen February 27, 2015 at 8:24 am #

    Find me a place that uses real maple syrup and I’ll give chicken and waffles another go.

    No more of this nasty pancake / imitation syrup.

  2. MichaelS February 27, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    I’ve been really enjoying the chicken and Waffles at Scratch on highway 9. I recommend checking them out.

  3. Ananth February 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Tanners serves up a good chicken and waffles

  4. J February 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    Agree with MichaelS on Scratch. Haven’t had the others in the post to compare but Scratch is solid to me.

  5. Jim Gilvin March 1, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Will have to try the chicken & waffles at Scratch. I still mourn the closing of Gladys Knights Chicken & Waffles that used to be over on hey 141 years ago.

  6. Elijah Snow March 28, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    I don’t think it’s in the same category as B & B, but Uptown Cafe on Nesbit Ferry/Old Alabama has had an off-the-menu chicken and waffles dish for quite a while that has finally made it on the menu. It’s quite a decent offering for being a neighborhood kind of place.

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