For many Americans, chicken & waffles is most closely associated with LA, namely Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles, a landmark LA restaurant that opened in 1976 and is widely credited with popularizing the dish. Often left out of the Roscoe's narrative is the detail that Roscoe's original owner, Harlem native Herb Hudson, brought the dish from his hometown NYC, where it first started appearing on menus in 1930s Harlem restaurants. As the story goes, a group of jazz musicians sat down at Wells Supper Club in Harlem for a late night meal after their gig. Half the group wanted dinner and half wanted breakfast. The chef's compromise, plates of fried chicken and waffles, were an instant hit and quickly became popular at Wells. Soon other area restaurants followed suit and chicken & waffles was on it's way.
In 2013, NYC restaurateur John Seymour opened Sweet Chick on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, bringing a fresh take on chicken & waffles to the New York scene. An instant hit, Sweet Chick opened a second location on the Lower East Side of Manhattan a year and half later and last month expanded to the West Coast with Sweet Chick LA, located on N. Fairfax in West Hollywood. A fourth location is slated to open in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn this summer.
The restaurant's menu features a range of chicken and waffle combinations beyond the classic original like The General (Fried Chicken w/ General Tso's Sauce, Rice and Broccoli Waffle) and, of course, The Mike's Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles served with a side of MHH. Even if you're not in the mood for fried chicken, the rest of the menu is excellent: shrimp & grits, cornmeal crusted catfish, mac & cheese, watermelon & beet salad, crawfish hush puppies...we could go on and on!
If you're looking to try Sweet Chick's juicy fried chicken but don't have room for a full plate of chicken & waffles, order the Fried Chicken Sliders, served on mini biscuits with Mike's Hot Honey for dipping.
Head there for lunch and take advantage of Sweet Chick's weekday brunch menu. Be sure to try the juicy Fried Chicken Sandwich, served with pickled red onions & Mike's Hot Honey.
Of course you'll need some drinks to wash it all down and Sweet Chick has plenty of custom, house cocktails that pair perfectly with a savory spread of food. Try the Tinted Windows (Mezcal, Solbeso, Beet Juice, Ginger Syrup, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Bitters) or Purple Drank (Gin, Lemon, Lime, Simple Syrup, Egg White, Welch's Grape Soda).
For more info on Sweet Chick visit sweetchick.com.