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The top 10 chicken and waffles in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 24, 2014

chicken waffles torontoThe top chicken and waffles in Toronto are great for when you want it all. Savoury or sweet? Opt for both at once when you order up this soulful Southern staple. Then the real conundrum becomes 'syrup or gravy?' (Again, there's no real reason to choose.)

Here are my picks for the top plates of chicken and waffles in Toronto.

School Bakery and Cafe
Stacks of fluffy, golden waffles are a menu staple week-round at this Liberty Village brunch spot, but on weekends they whip up the classic combination with buttermilk fried chicken ($19). Instead of the usual maple accompaniment, the dish is served with Tabasco pepper honey and cool-and-crunchy cabbage slaw.

Triple A Bar
At Jarvis and Adelaide, this Southern smokehouse is known to swing both ways, serving the classic dish with both gravy and syrup. Priced at $14, it's not the most generous portion, but it still satisfies. The chicken itself is gently seasoned and crispy-skinned, while the fluffy waffles soak up all the maple syrup.

In the Junction, fried chicken goes by the nickname "Yardbird" ($16) and is available with a choice of Southern-style accompaniments for dinner. Don't be tempted by the grits or mash options - it's the sugar-dusted waffles that are most memorable, especially when topped with fruit compote and finished off with bourbon maple syrup.

Harlem Underground
Harlem specializes in comfort foods from the Southern states and no visit is complete without an order of crispy fried chicken with golden waffles. The restaurant's two locations (one on Queen West, the other on Richmond East) both serve the dish topped with scotch bonnet-coriander-lime syrup and white chicken gravy. At brunch, the dish will run you $14; a dinner portion is $16.95.

Home of the Brave
Straddling the realms of savoury and sweet, the crispy fried chicken and sourdough waffles ($16) at this King West BBQ joint are accompanied by a dollop of sour cream, a scattering of green onions and a pot of spicy maple to apply as desired.

The Drake Hotel
At brunch, the West Queen West institution serves up Southern-fried chicken thighs on top of herb waffles ($17). For contrast, the savoury dish is doused in maple syrup and dressed up with cherry jam and creme fraiche.

The Gaberdine
This popular weekday destination in the Financial District will send you back to the office in need of a nap. Fried chicken 'n' waffles ($26) come smothered with hot sausage gravy while crunchy iceberg lettuce and a drizzle of buttermilk dressing offer a contrasting cool component.

Go ahead and bet your table tennis opponent an order of these delicious chicken and waffles ($21) - the portion size feeds two, so it's a win/win situation all around. The buttermilk fried chicken and cornbread waffles are good, though it's the accompanying thyme honey and tart pickled watermelon that make the dish sing.

Farmer's Daughter Eatery
Feeling adventurous? Try the Frog Waffles ($12) at this spin-off to the Junction's Farmhouse Tavern. The creative spin on the Southern-fried staple still tastes just like chicken, but it's done with crispy seasoned frogs' legs over buckwheat waffles, drizzled with a sweet butter, red wine and maple syrup reduction.

Hogtown Vegan
The "unchicken and waffles" ($14) at this Bloorcourt restaurant will satisfy even a vegan's hankering for sweet and savoury soul foods. Made with deep fried soy cutlets and fluffy waffles, the dish is then smothered in a butter-less maple butter.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite spots for chicken and waffles in the comments.

Photo via the Drake Hotel on Flickr



Chicken of Waffles / June 24, 2014 at 12:20 am
I have never heard of chicken and waffles. The photo looks a bit scary.
jd replying to a comment from Chicken of Waffles / June 24, 2014 at 01:37 am
Finding decent chicken and waffles is glorious.

But if you're ever in LA. Hit up Roscoe's!!!
@gabardine / June 24, 2014 at 07:53 am
got to hand it to gabardine for charging twenty-six dollars for a plate that should cost no more than four dollars to make.

the rent must be atrocious.
To @gabardine / June 24, 2014 at 09:08 am
Yes it is cheaper to make a dish at home, or to buy a bottle of wine at the LCBO, but restaurants and bars are not in the business of charity and they have to pay wages, cover rent/taxes, electricity, etc...etc...etc... They still have to pay for all of these on slow nights, or during slow seasons.

How many times have I heard a tourist whine that they can buy a bottle of Shiraz back home in a liquor store for half the price and why is it 29 bucks here? Well, you are not sitting in your living room, are you?
akswun / June 24, 2014 at 09:27 am
No love for the Stockyards CnW for brunch on the weekend? What is going on??????
Kid Cornish replying to a comment from To @gabardine / June 24, 2014 at 09:36 am

Well done. People are idiots :-)
LOL / June 24, 2014 at 10:13 am
No Stockyards (who I believe more or less started the chicken and waffles thing lately in Toronto) means the list is garbage. They're not even in the bonus section????
how replying to a comment from Chicken of Waffles / June 24, 2014 at 10:15 am
Do you live in your parents basement still?

If you even know the slightest thing about Southern American culture, it is that chicken n' waffles is one of their all time favorite dishes.

And rightfully so. It is REALLY delicious.
LOL replying to a comment from To @gabardine / June 24, 2014 at 10:15 am
Uh....the chicken and waffles at Stockyards is like $14. So @gaberdine's comment stands (it's almost twice the price!

After this double post I should let you all know I don't work there or anything, I just live on St. Clair W. and it's crazy to me this list exists without them in it.
Jeremy H / June 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
Mugshot Tavern @ Bloor and Parkside has some pretty damn tasty chicken and waffles at brunch for $12 ("southern-fried boneless chicken thighs, bourbon-vanilla waffles, maple syrup, potato wedges"). Oh, and awesome beer selection to go along with it.
Mikael / June 24, 2014 at 11:43 am
Loose Moose on Front Street used to have great chicken and waffles until they removed it from their menu a while back.
ok replying to a comment from Mikael / June 24, 2014 at 11:52 am
so...that added nothing to this thread.
Joanne / June 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Rock Lobster! Was so good!
sw / June 24, 2014 at 01:12 pm
The Drake's fried chicken truly is dynamite!!! Mmmm I can just taste it now...
Blair / June 24, 2014 at 02:58 pm
How have you left off Stockyards? their chicken and waffles are better than all the places on this list.
SE / June 24, 2014 at 03:01 pm
This list is strange. Really? White Brick Kitchen does it even better than Stockyards, in my opinion. And I've tried many fried chicken dishes in Toronto!
Alison / June 24, 2014 at 03:13 pm
I agree with all of the people who question how you can have this list without Stockyards (or White Brick Kitchen). It's not like people just like them, they are considered the standard in which to judge the others in Toronto
Rob / June 24, 2014 at 03:17 pm
It's actually laughable that Stockyards was left off of this list.
mona / June 24, 2014 at 03:25 pm
Chuck / June 24, 2014 at 03:38 pm
PC / June 24, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Stockyards definitely has the fried chicken part down ... but not so much the waffle part.

Roux was kind of the opposite - awesome waffles but not so great fried chicken, especially for a southern-themed restaurant.

I wish the two would get together for the perfect chicken and waffles ...
Q / June 24, 2014 at 03:54 pm
I second Stockyards!
Chris / June 24, 2014 at 04:11 pm
One more vote for Stockyards!
Nadia / June 24, 2014 at 04:18 pm
I am surprise white brick kitchen did not make the cut. their chicken & waffles are to die foooooooooorrrrrrrr... and they have beef bacon that taste AMAZING~
Kadi / June 24, 2014 at 04:35 pm
Combine Eatery on The Danforth has great fried chicken with bacon waffles at brunch on the weekend.
Michelle / June 24, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Stockyards is not on the list?????? You guys didn't do a good job on this one....
Pantagruelia replying to a comment from akswun / June 24, 2014 at 05:43 pm
One more vote for stockyards... Although I now have to try all of the others on the list to make a real assessment. ;-)
UNITED / June 24, 2014 at 06:35 pm
haven't tried most of the others but Stockyards does have best fried chicken in the city, hands down. Add waffles and home made syrup....can't, sorry wont, go wrong
Elementary / June 24, 2014 at 07:06 pm
The Brickyard Grounds at Gerrard and Greenwood has the most amazing chicken, mashed potatoes and bacon on a waffle. So delicious!
Stockyards for mayor / June 24, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Can we get an audience choice section for stockyards here?
@ LOL / June 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm

@LOL. Deep sigh. That is like saying the Pickle Barrel has a "steak" on its menu for half the price of a "steak" at Barberiens. How much food is involved? How is it prepared? All dishes served at all restaurants are not identical simply because they have the same name.

Honestly, cook your own food and eat at home, or better still crash at your parents where it will be FREE.
Shawn / June 25, 2014 at 03:11 am
The Leslieville Pumps have a chicken and waffles sandwich, where the bun is waffle. The sauce is also amazing.

Should be on the list!
mary / June 25, 2014 at 09:54 am
U forgot the stock yards
Prosandconnor / June 25, 2014 at 03:32 pm
And of course, nothing East of Jarvis.
JEB / June 25, 2014 at 04:32 pm
White Brick Kitchen! 100%!
Hannah / June 25, 2014 at 08:20 pm
How could you not add Starving Artist? One on Lansdowne, north of Bloor and on st Clair ave west.
Christine / June 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Thank you for putting Roux on this list. Deserving and understated. The "hipsters" need to come on over to the Junc. Just saying....
Jay T / August 24, 2014 at 10:02 am
You are hiking about The Huntsman right? This place is a joke......
I HAD their Chicken and Waffle combo.....friday was us and 1 other person....yes 3 people in the place and the c and w's was gross....I mean cold, no taste....this place will not see fall I think
Michelle / August 24, 2014 at 11:06 am
The Combine Eatery on the Danforth has the best bacon waffles and chicken on weekends. Adding their hot sauce is always a good idea.
Nolia / August 24, 2014 at 05:30 pm
Come on Stockyards!their chicken recipe varies from one day to the other -no consistency!! and the waffle is from a box
Sarah / August 26, 2014 at 01:26 pm
White Brick Kitchen (Friday night spesh), Mugshot Tavern (brunch), and yes, Stockyards. Come on, who voted on this list? Can you at least update it with these sorely overlooked gems?
ben / October 15, 2014 at 03:57 am
I can't believe the drake hotel is on this list. And that stockyards is not...yikes.
Stan / October 24, 2014 at 08:45 pm
I think the Huntsman is's been for sale for a few months.....there is never anyone ever I think we will skip the huntsman!
Serenderpity / October 24, 2014 at 09:36 pm
I'm a lifelong Southerner (up here for grad school), and I can assure "how" and everyone else that chicken and waffles is NOT traditional Southern cuisine, much less "one of [our] favorite foods." Although it's a matter of contention, it was apparently invented by the owner of Roscoe's in LA. He was a native Southerner, but the dish is a mid-20th-century California invention. Roscoe's served soul food, which is not quite the same as southern, for obvious racial reasons, although there's a lot of overlap. The dish did make its way back to the South via soul food, but it also made its way to Harlem and elsewhere (Harlem first, really, before the move to the South). When it comes to chicken and waffles, the South is actually kind of a late adopter (as it is of most progress, I'm afraid).

Anyway, the way it's usually served is ridiculous, with bone-in thighs, drumsticks, and wings (or breasts with ribs). The best way I've ever had it was as a sandwich with waffle "buns," a boneless slab of breast meat, and a sweet maple white gravy, so maple and gravy mixed. [It also had bacon strips, which never hurts.] And I had that in New Jersey.
David / October 24, 2014 at 10:56 pm
A chicken and waffles list without stockyards is like a burger list without burger priest. Useless
sam / October 25, 2014 at 09:20 am
+1 for Stockyards

Stockyards' CnW is amazing. Their syrup is perfect for the dish!
nate young / October 25, 2014 at 06:40 pm
No stockyards and no insomnia? How much research did you guys do for this list?

Doesn't look like much!

F*** blogTO
Maelstrom / October 26, 2014 at 01:39 am
What happened to Stockyards?!
Chelsey / March 20, 2016 at 08:56 am
What about the Dirty Bird in Kensington Market? It's amazing!
Lisa DeJong / March 20, 2016 at 09:02 am
HOTB's chicken + waffles are TERRIBLE - I'll never go back there, what a let down.

Insomnia's are fantastic according to my out of town pal who brings them up pretty much every time he's in the city.
Michelle / March 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm
Having worked at The Stockyards a little smile came on my face about it not making the list. I THOUGHT THE SAME THING. I couldn't ignore one comment about the waffle mix coming from a box. It doesn't come from a box. I have one unusually large forearm from all the folding of egg whites and whipped yolks. Torontos a pretty small place in the restaurant world. I'd make sure I knew the facts before saying stuff like that when you don't even know the truth. 👏🏻 bye
Jil / March 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm
What's up with all the maple syrup on them? Chicken and waffles are supposed to have honey. I got some at the Dirty Bird in Kensington, and it wasn't bad, but they didn't have honey and gave me a strange look when I asked for it. C'mon, if you're going to serve a Southern dish, at least have the Southern condiments available.
Jas Minh / March 20, 2016 at 09:25 pm
I had chicken and waffles at Rosedale Diner recently and enjoyed it! $16 felt like a bit much, but it was tasty nonetheless.
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