Don’t hold back on the maple at these fried chicken and waffle joints in Melbourne!

<strong>Belles Hot Chicken</strong>
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Belles Hot Chicken

Take a step into a classic slice of Americana at Belles Hot Chicken, one of Australia’s most loved chicken restaurants. With an interior modelled after iconic American diners across their two venues in Fitzroy and the CBD, this is a uniquely themed restaurant that brings all the greasy goodness you want. First-time visitor and not too sure what to expect? Chicken, chicken and more chicken. They’ve got sandwiches, salads, nuggets, sliders, ribs, buckets of chicken and of course, their Chicken and Waffles available for lunch on the weekends only. And with multiple locations, Melbourne’s best chicken and waffles eatery is never too far away!

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Various Locations.
<strong>Bowery to Williamsburg</strong>
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Bowery to Williamsburg

Opening their doors in 2013, Bowery to Williamsburg has quickly built a reputation for some of the best fried chicken in Melbourne. Tucked in a little nook amongst the city’s chaos, Bowery to Williamsburg provides a classic New York City styled deli by serving up a mouth-watering range of chunky sandwiches and bagels including the Philly Cheese Steak or the BBQ Brisket and Bacon Burger. The standout though is their Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles, perfect for any occasion. Most importantly, while their venue might be small, Bowery to Williamsburg’s serving sizes certainly aren’t!

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16 Oliver Lne, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>F.A.T Fried and Tasty</strong>
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F.A.T Fried and Tasty

Melbourne’s F.A.T Fried and Tasty will have you unbuckling your belt after eating here. Setting up shop in Melbourne’s Brunswick East and Fitzroy, since 2015 F.A.T has been serving up the tastiest fried chicken in town. Owners, Terrence, Jonathan, Andrew and Freda have been using their passed-down family secret recipe to create the goodness that you can enjoy. For your visit, you cannot go past their Chicken Waffles that’s served with two pieces of fried chicken layered on top of a buttermilk waffle with vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with Canadian maple syrup. Yes please!

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Various Locations.
<strong>Gorilla Grill</strong>
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Gorilla Grill

Let’s get down to business, monkey business. Because at Gorilla Grill you’ll go bananas for their menu that’ll make you drool before the food even gets to you. Opening their doors in 2014, 30 minutes out of the CBD in Maribyrnong Melbournians will find the tastiest chicken and waffles combo. Using house-made American-style waffles, treat yourself to their Chicken & Waffle Burger that sees fried chicken, cheese, bacon, spicy mayo and golden syrup beautifully and deliciously combined. So take a bite of some delicious waffles and chicken at Gorilla Grill!

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36 Edgewater Blvd, Maribyrnong, VIC 3032
<strong>Archie’s All Day</strong>
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Archie’s All Day

For those wanting some truly tasty fried chicken, look no further than Archie’s All Day, one of the best waffle and fried chicken joints in Fitzroy. An exhaustive food and drinks menu that, as the name suggests, can be ordered anytime – just one of the few reason that makes it a great place just to hang out and eat with friends. But we know why you’re here. Treat yourself by digging into the tantalising fried chicken and waffle, served with Southern fried chicken tenders, whipped butter, and Canadian maple. And with a great selection of cocktails and beers to pair with your tenders, you have all day to check out some of the best fried chicken and waffles in Melbourne!

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189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Prefer to recreate a recipe at home? Try TRUFF’s Spicy Truffle Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles Recipe. Or if you’re after a spot of breakfast, check out our list of the 10 Best Brunch Restaurants in Melbourne of 2023.

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This article was first published on September 22 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on June 29 2023.