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Melbournians, we’ve searched, we’ve tasted and we’ve rated the best fried chicken and waffles around town. Like a gift from the gods, chicken and waffles is by far the most delicious temptation you’ll want to bite into. Get ready to reconcile as you eat your way through these eight eateries – you’ll be stoned if you don’t.
Belles Hot Chicken
We present you with Australia’s most loved chicken restaurants – Belles. With three venues across both Victoria and New South Wales, Belles is not only Melbourne’s best chicken and waffles eatery but Sydney’s too. 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 ($20) available for lunch on the weekend only.
Bowery to Williamsburg
Opening their doors in 2013, almost seven years on Bowery to Williamsburg has hailed Oliver Lane in Melbourne. Tucked in a little nook amongst the city’s chaos, Bowery to Williamsburg provides an oasis for guests. Described as a classic New York City styled diner, Bowery serves up everything from bagel sandwiches, Southern Fried Chicken Waffles ($21), all-day breakfast, cakes and a killer range of shakes. Although they’re small in size, what Bowery to Williamsburg serves up certainly isn’t.
Chicken n Beer
Melbournians, if you’re looking for the newest oasis, look no further than Richmond’s Chicken n Beer. With specials every day, regardless of your reason to visit, we can assure you that the chicken here is definitely one of a kind. As for their Chicken & Waffles ($14), the tenderloins are served with maple syrup or blue cheese. Perfect to pair with Chicken n Beer’s Duck Fat Potatoes ($9) and one of their four beers on tap.
Found less than 30 minutes out of Melbourne’s CBD, Code 21 in Brunswick is open seven days a week readily awaiting your next food-driven adventure. Blossoming in flavour and vibrant colours, visitors will marvel at the array of choices and their deliciousness. At Code 21, your standard chicken and waffles won’t be found here. Instead, visitors will be able to taste their way through their Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Waffles ($18.90) with chipotle slaw and cranberry BBQ sauce. Get ready to escape into a foodie’s haven.
F.A.T Fried & Tasty
It’s not fat. It’s PHAT (Pretty Hot And Tempting). 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 ($18) 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!
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, today, 30 minutes out of the CBD Melbournians will find the tastiest chicken and waffles combo. Using in-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.
Hardware Street Cafe
Looking for the best Belgian waffles in town? Look no further than Hardware Street Café that’s tucked in a laneway off Lonsdale Street. Using only homemade Belgian waffles, this is the perfect oasis for breakfast and all-day brunch. And if there’s one thing that Hardware Street Cafe specialises in, it’s their special Southern Fried Chicken and Waffle ($19.90) that sees spicy chicken strips meet jalapenos and adobe aioli. Does it work? Well, you’ll just have to try it for yourself. Plus, guests will be able to treat themselves to craft beer that’s available.
South Yarra, we’ve got a pretty in pink surprise just for you. We present you with Lulu White which serves up everything from bottomless brunches to killer espresso martinis and let’s not forget their impressive menu. With everything from breakfast tacos to pan seared barramundi and even short rib beef burgers. As for their chicken and waffles? Expect an eclectic twist with nahm prik, spring onion, chilli, cucumber and carrot.
Images via Belles Hot Chicken supplied, Bowery to Williamsburg supplied, Chicken n Beer Instagram, Code 21 supplied, F.A.T Fried & Tasty Instagram, Gorilla Grill supplied, Hardware Street Cafe supplied and Lulu White supplied.
Feature image: Fried chicken and waffles. Photographed by zkruger. Image via Shutterstock.