Fried chicken and waffles. Sydney, we dare you to name a more iconic duo.
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching sweet golden-coloured maple syrup pour over a perfectly crumbed piece of fried chicken that’s perched upon a fresh and fluffy waffle. Each drip navigating over the edges, pooling into the perfect bite-size wells of the waffle, jam-packed with flavour and pure indulgence.
Is your mouth watering yet? It will soon enough.
Thankfully, we’ve found and tasted our way through the best fried chicken and waffles in Sydney. From traditional servings to the more experimental, down the ultimate duo with the help of our list!
Belles Hot Chicken
With three convenient locations – Barangaroo, Circular Quay and Tramsheds – if you’re ever craving chicken and waffles Sydney, Belles Hot Chicken should be your go-to. Their offering of Hot Chicken, Waffles and Syrup ($23) is only available on the weekends for lunch, so we recommend you clear your plans and get in early. If you’re after something more than this sweet and savoury creation, Belles is a haven for all things Nashville-style chicken, pickles and house-made lemonade. Choose your cut, spice level, sides and let the Belles team do their thing. A must try in 2023!
Bloody Mary's Gazebo
If you love all things pink, Palm Springs and playful, Potts Point’s Bloody Mary’s Gazebo is for you. Focusing on American cuisine, it comes to no surprise that they’ve made our list as one of the best places for fried chicken and waffles in Sydney. Available for breakfast on the weekends, Bloody Mary’s Chicken & Waffles is delightfully delicious. Homemade waffles, fried chicken, maple syrup, spring onions and creme fraiche. What more could you want? How about creatively concocted cocktails, live entertainment and even bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday? That’s a big yes from us.
What does fried chicken, hip hop, champagne and sneakers have in common? It’s Julian Cincotta – he’s the mastermind behind the hybrid Surry Hills based venue Butter. Dowsed in neon signs, Butter is home to artist appearances and, of course, Sydney’s best fried chicken. Although they technically don’t serve up fried chicken and waffles, Butter is still worth the mention with their Fried Chicken & Donut. Promising the perfect blend of cinnamon, sugar, maple syrup and salivating fried chicken, this melt-in-your-mouth moment is sure to have you hooked and coming back for more. Pair your visit with a cocktail and be sure to come on an empty stomach!
If drool-worthy toasties, jaw-dropping burgers and loaded thick shakes are the things that make up your dreams, Cheatday in Peakhurst is here to make it a reality. Open daily, this carb-loaded eatery praises that time of the week where the diet goes on pause. And, what better way to celebrate your cheat day than with Cheatday’s Chicken Waffles. Intrigued? Their hot cinnamon waffles are topped with buttermilk fried chicken and finished with a maple glaze. Pair your visit with a Nutella Cakeshake and we promise that it won’t disappoint!
Paramount Coffee Project
Found in the foyer of the ever so quirky Paramount House Hotel in Surry Hills is Paramount Coffee Project. Open 10 years ago, this unique space values all things coffee, culture and crispy chicken. So if you’re looking for the best fried chicken and waffles in Sydney, Paramount’s Fried Chicken Waffle is an absolute must try. On top of the house fried chicken you’ll find an orgasmic combination of maple bacon gravy, pickled green apple, radicchio and toasted hazelnuts. Order with an iced coffee of your choosing and we guarantee that your tastebuds won’t be disappointed!
Quick Brown Fox Eatery
Tucked within Pyrmont, this Instagrammable sandstone cottage cafe is famed for its cocktails, coffee and Sydney’s best chicken and waffles. Featured amongst their traditional breakfast and brunch fare, which includes the likes of Coconut Rice Porridge, Ricotta Hotcakes and Avocado on Toast, is Quick Brown Fox Eatery’s take on the American delicacy, Korean Fried Chicken Waffle. Made using sourdough potato waffle, the dish is made complete with crispy fried chicken, gochujang sauce, cucumber salad and yuzu sesame. A must try in 2023!
Prefer to recreate a recipe at home? Try TRUFF’s Spicy Truffle Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles Recipe. Or, start your day right with our guide to the 10 Best Brunch Spots in Sydney of 2023.