Chicken and waffles have taken the brunch world by storm and have quickly become a menu mainstay, especially in Atlanta, where the competition is fierce. The tastes of juicy, crispy fried chicken and light, fluffy waffles make for a perfect combination.
Fortunately, Atlanta is home to some of the top breakfast establishments that serve some of the most delicious chicken and waffles. Whether you’re looking for a more classic take or a creative twist on this iconic brunch dish, check out 10 of the best places below to get your fix.
ABC Chicken and Waffles
Start your day off right with ABC Chicken and Waffles, a sister restaurant of the adored Atlanta Breakfast Club, which is also well-known for its Nitro Coffee Counter. A variety of chicken & waffle options are available, including The Classic, which consists of two fried chicken breasts and two Belgian-style waffles with house syrup; The Georgia Peach, which features warm peach cobbler and a buttery-shortbread crumble; The Dirty Bird, with black pepper gravy; and The So Fresh, served with fresh seasonal berries and vanilla yogurt.
Location: East Atlanta - 340 Auburn Ave. NE; Website: abc-chicken-and-waffles; Contact: 404-458-1234
If you want a more traditional version of chicken and waffles, head down to this adorable little Southern breakfast spot tucked away in Buckhead. Off busy Roswell road, Buttermilk Kitchen is nestled within a charming blue house and offers delightful meals and friendly service. It’s worth trying their classic chicken and waffles dish. It includes maple syrup and powdered sugar on top of buttermilk waffles with fried chicken breast. You may substitute rye whiskey syrup (instead of maple syrup) for an additional $1.
Location: Buckhead - 4225 Roswell Rd. NE; Website: buttermilkkitchen.com; Contact: 678-732-3274
Cultivate Food and Coffee
Check out Cultivate’s Nashville Hot Chicken & Waffles if you want something with a little kick. Along with a delicious waffle, the crispy fried chicken is tossed in Sriracha-infused chili oil with mild heat and served with pickled okra. You may also ask for the sauce on the side if you’d prefer not to have any or just want to sample it before diving right into it as it comes.
Location: Northeast - 1952 Howell Mill Rd. NW; Website: cultivating.co; Contact: 404-600-2964
Grits & Eggs Breakfast Kitchen
If you’re in the Cumberland area, Grits & Eggs is a must-try. This recently opened breakfast eatery has quickly become a top spot for brunch, especially on the weekends. You should try their popular chicken and waffles; it comes with a sweet and fluffy Belgian waffle drizzled with their signature house glaze, blueberries, and strawberries—topped with three golden-brown fried chicken wings, served with butter and syrup.
Location: Cumberland - 3205 Cumberland Blvd. SE; Website: gritsandeggsbreakfastkitchen.com; Contact: 770-693-2695
For a cozy place with amazing Southern brunch fare, Folk Art is a quaint spot with locations in both Inman Park and Decatur. Try their Fowl Play dish, which combines fried chicken with a house-made waffle and is topped with a sweet whiskey-peach compote. You’ll definitely want more of this fruity take on chicken and waffles.
Location: Multiple Locations (Decatur and Inman Park); Website: folkartrestaurant.com
South City Kitchen
With different locations around town, South City Kitchen is a local Atlanta staple with a little bit of everything. One of their “South City Specialties” that you can’t miss out on is the Springer Mountain Farms fried chicken and buttermilk waffle. You’ll enjoy the flavors of the tasty, juicy fried chicken paired perfectly with their light buttermilk waffle topped with a side of pure Vermont maple syrup.
Location: Multiple Locations (Midtown, Buckhead, Vinings, Alpharetta); Website: southcitykitchen.com
For those with a major sweet tooth, Southern Queenz has everything you want and more. Their chicken and waffle options are unlike any other spot. The Kirkwood Chicken and Waffles has fried chicken wings, a fluffy waffle, and assorted berries, topped with powdered sugar and house syrup. Their other inventive chicken and waffle flavors include strawberry cheesecake, cookies and cream, fruity pebbles and peach.
Location: East Atlanta - 1648 Memorial Dr. SE; Website: southern-queenz.com; Contact: 678-705-3118
The Breakfast Boys
The Breakfast Boys in College Park offers an exciting twist on chicken and waffles. A Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles dish is featured on their menu; it consists of a crispy, jerk-rubbed half chicken with a sweet potato waffle that is served with sage butter, apple cider syrup and topped with edible flowers.
Location: College Park - 3387 Main St.; Website: eatatbreakfastboys.com; Contact: 470-517-6981
Toast on Lenox
Well-known for serving hearty soul food and incredible brunch cocktails, Toast on Lenox is another great spot to order chicken and waffles. As one of their most popular menu items, their chicken and waffles include perfectly-seasoned wings with a fluffy waffle served with vanilla creme and caramel rum sauce.
Location: Buckhead - 2770 Lenox Rd. NE; Website: toastonlenoxatl.com; Contact: 404-748-4594
You can create your own waffle (and chicken) masterpiece at Waffle Bar, which is hidden within EAV’s Southern Feedstore. Strawberry Cheesecake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, S’mores, Spinach Parmesan, My Momma Pudding and Jalapeño Cheddar are just a few of the waffle flavors that are available. Once you’ve chosen your waffle flavor, you can order wings, tenders or vegan tenders to pair with your mouth-watering meal.
Location: East Atlanta Village - 1245 Glenwood Ave.; Website: gowafflebar.com; Contact: 404-267-1469