Southern staples of Chicken & Waffles have taken off in Toronto over the past few years. Here are my picks for the top ones in the city:
- Cluck Cluck’s
Had the Mother Clucker, consisting of a sandwich featuring ones white meat between wedges of a cheddar japepeno waffle! Its dressed up with coleslaw, chipotle aioli and dill may. The cheesy waffles are great and that kick provided by the jalapeno is awesome! The fried chicken is light, chispy, and juice. Waffles were pretty good as well, comparable to Harlem’s.
The signature cluck cluck sauce was more sweet where as the hot sauce is fiery thanks to scotch bonnets, red chillis, and jalapenos.
$14.99 for a combo with fries is a pretty good deal. Cluck Cluck is conveniently located on the Esplanade.
- Harlem Underground
Harlem specializing in comfort foods from the South produces very crispy fried chicken and golden waffles. They have two locations (queen west and Richmond each). The chicken is soaked in buttermilk resulting in very tender chicken legs. Buttermilk waffles are served with scotch bonnet coriander lime syrup and in house made gravy sauce! Waffles are nice and soft and the chicken is cooked perfectly with that little bit of kick from the scotch bonnet! Prices are reasonable as a chicken & waffles lunch dish goes for $14.
3)The Dirty Bird
This Kensington market places serves up various combinations of chicken , waffles, and sauce on top. I opted for the famous ODB, a bones high and leg with buttered maple dirty sauce served with a side of coleslaw or potatoe salad. Their chicken is a version of northern fried chicken rather than the southern, so they use pure maple syrup and buttered maples to the fried chicken and waffles.
The chicken was crisp and juicy, but didn’t have much of a spice as compared to Harlem and Cluck Cluck. Waffles tasted a bit bland for my liking. The sauce was quite good though and presentation wise it looked the best.