Ahhh, chicken and waffles. If you’re wondering where in the world this odd combination came from (we were, so we did a little research), chicken and waffles is famous soul food and a classic Pennsylvania Dutch meal that has taken the country by storm. Even if you’ve never tried it and the thought of some sweet syrup, a classic breakfast food, and protein on top doesn’t exactly sound like a match made in heaven, we’re firm believers in the phrase, “Don’t knock it ’till you try it.” The dish used to be an oddity, but clearly, in the area, it’s become quite the hot commodity — and lucky for us, Hoboken and Jersey City offer plenty of places to get your grub on, so we’ve found top-notch places in the area for you to try this Instagram-worthy meal.
Madd Hatter | 221 Washington Street
In addition to its $5 mimosa special for brunch, Madd Hatter has chicken and waffles available for brunch. The Wonderland Brunch runs from 11AM to 8PM and there is also a DJ and other live entertainment on hand.
Monroe’s | 36-42 Newark Avenue
It might seem crazy to have chicken and waffles at a restaurant that is known for its sushi and cocktails, but Monroe’s serves up a classic chicken + waffles dish. The fluffy waffle comes with fried chicken and a wweet and spicy maple sauce.
Saku | 936 Park Avenue
Stay with us on this one: this sushi restaurant has an under-the-radar chicken and waffles special. While Saku is known for its sushi and inventive cocktails, the kitchen frequently tries new things, expanding the restaurant’s repertoire. Keep an eye out on Saku’s social media for the next time the chicken and waffles come around.
Sticky’s Finger Joint | 112 Washington Street
Hobokenites have been eagerly anticipating this NYC-based chain’s expansion to the Mile Square. Since Sticky’s specializes in all things fried chicken, of course, there is a chicken and waffles dish on the menu. The dish is served with waffle sauce, graham crackers, and crushed red pepper flakes over a mix of chicken poppers and bite-sized waffles. The chicken and waffles are available every day of the week.
The Ainsworth | 310 Sinatra Drive
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This expansive restaurant and bar nestled on the Hoboken waterfront is a go-to for good eats, great cocktails, and stunning views. The Ainsworth serves up its own chicken and waffles dish that is generous with the chicken portions.
The Stewed Cow | 400 Adams Street
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There’s a lot that goes right at the Stewed Cow, and its weekends-only Infamous Brunch is at the top of the list. Chicken and waffles are part of the fun, too, served with ancho-chili butter and house-fried chicken. Order one of the Stewed Cow’s famous mimosas for the ultimate in brunch.
Tosti Cafe & Kitchen | 1024 Washington Street
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Step into this colorful cafe to experience creative cuisine and welcoming vibes. The chicken and waffles here are available for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and the dish is unlike anything you’ve encountered. Tosti’s take on the classic has soy-ginger marinated fried chicken served on a waffle, accompanied by homemade Peruvian green sauce.
Zack’s Oak Bar | 232 Willow Avenue
This classic American spot has chicken and waffles on its brunch menu, available on Saturdays and Sundays. The dish is served with sriracha maple syrup, furthering the sweet/savory flavor combination. Make sure to get there early enough to get a seat outside on the patio – there’s nothing like people watching while enjoying a delicious meal.
Beechwood Cafe | 290 Grove Street
Offering a fresh and delicious spin on brunch, Beechwood Café has a little something for everybody to enjoy. True to its name, upon entering the café you will find that it is dotted with adorable beechwood accents, including wooden tables topped with marble slabs. The brunch and coffee are the stars of the show. Next time you’re visiting, opt for the chicken and waffles dish with a cold brew.
Buddy’s JC | 247 Washington Street
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When looking for delicious breakfast food in Jersey City, it can be an easy but also daunting task. Enter Buddy’s — a downtown Jersey City restaurant with all the most mouth-watering brunch and burger menu items. The eatery is known for its cereal pancakes but don’t sleep on the chicken and waffles. The waffles are next-level — and it has mac’n’cheese baked in.
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Carolyn’s Soul Food | 76 Orient Avenue
The menu at this spot draws from a steady repertoire of Southern cooking, which gives eaters a sense of comfort knowing what they are going to get. For takeaways, or sometimes dine-in even, the food comes in three-compartment boxes, one for the main dish, two for very hearty sides. The chicken and waffles here are a must-try.
Cherry’s Lounge | 102 Martin Luther King Drive
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No frills soul food is what locals get at Cherry’s. Founded in 1980, patrons can expect dishes like shrimp and grits, salmon stew, breakfast dishes, and of course, chicken and waffles. There’s a reason this place is a classic.
City Diner | 31 Montgomery Street
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All-day breakfast and drinks sounds like a winning combo. City Diner is known for its comfort food dishes and modern environment ideal for the Sunday brunch squad. And if you’re looking for a hip take on chicken and waffles, all of your urban peeps with a sweet tooth will be pleased with the gigantic Belgian waffle, served with four pieces of honey-dipped chicken. There’s really nothing better than honey + chicken.
Corkscrew Bar | 61 Congress Street
Sometimes the mood just calls for a boozy brunch. At Corkscrew Bar you can have your chicken and waffles accompanied by your favorite hair of the dog, a winning option for any weekend morning. You’ll fit right in with a pretty casual atmosphere, plenty of TVs to watch the game, and drafts galore.
Freetown Road Project | 640 Newark Avenue
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Freetown Road Project, a West Indian restaurant, was started by Claude Lewis, the son of Antiguan immigrants and a Jersey City native. Chef Claude uses the menu to share food enjoyed when he was growing up – and it’s all amazing. The food is simple, honest home cooking, but the techniques and seasonings are well-thought-out. Take the chicken and waffles for example – mouth-watering deliciousness. The waffles are made with plantains and the dish is served with jalapeño syrup.
Griot Cafe | 398 Central Avenue
This Jersey City cafe brings new meaning to fusion food, with its West African-and Haitian-blended menu. Inventive flavor combinations are prepared so effortlessly, it seems like they’d always been together. The chicken and waffles is no different. Here, the dish is served with Creole chicken. The creamy waffle is the perfect backdrop to the spicy chicken.
Harry’s Daughter | 339 Communipaw Avenue
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Harry’s Daughter, located in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood, has made our city souls happy with its modern take on traditional island fare. Not only does the atmosphere have the island vibe thing going on, but so does the food… and it’s good. Really good. For dinner, Caribbean staples like jerk meat, roti, and chicken and waffles make up the menu along with a few curveballs like bao buns bringing the Asian flare and peri peri shrimp evoking African flavors.
Life Pancake Company | 426 Jersey Avenue
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This JC spot has a line out the door most weekend days, and one look at the menu will give a good guess as to why. This restaurant’s motto is ‘Powered by pancakes’ and features an incredible array of breakfast and brunch items. Here, chicken and waffles are also available with pancakes instead. The fluffy batter and the honey-friend chicken are a classic combo, and the enormous portions here often come out skewered into a tower.
Sam A.M | 112 Morris Street
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Forget green eggs and ham, Sam A.M. offers up bomb.com chicken and waffles to satisfy your sweet and savory cravings. We love this quaint diner because it changes up its menu seasonally, so there’s always something new to look forward to like chicken and waffles served with a special cranberry sauce. Plus, the charming porch makes your experience 10x better. Chicken and waffles + one of the amazing lattes, and you’re in the serious hangover cure business.
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The Kitchen Step | 500 Jersey Avenue
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Keep an eye out for a special spin on chicken and waffles from this Van Vorst Park spot. The Honey Sriracha Chicken and Waffles dish is one to remember. This neighborhood bistro is located in the historic downtown Van Vorst area and welcomes you with plenty of hospitality and market-inspired dishes.