If you like crispy, seasoned chicken and fluffy waffles separately, wait until you try them together! Topped with syrup, the Soul Food staple offers just the right combination of salty and sweet.
Best of all, local Montreal restaurants have put their own unique spin on the dish. From the fusion of Indian and Filipino dishes to classic Southern-style offerings, here are nine places with chicken and waffles you’ll want to check out:
Address: 3900 Wellington Street, Verdun, QC
Reason to visit: This stylish and eclectic Verdun cafe specializes in French-style brunch, with $9 mimosas, fresh baked-in-house pastries, and a plate of fried chicken and cornflake waffles ($22). If you’re looking for a variation of the dish, sister restaurant Régine Café in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie serves fish and waffles.
Address: 1964, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC
Reason to visit: Junior serves Filipino cuisine with a Little Burgundy twist, which means you can get crispy Jollibee fried chicken and coconut waffles ($21), or pork belly traditional fries lechon and waffles ($19). Both come with calamansi-lime maple syrup and a salad of collard greens, carrots, edamame and peanut vinegar.
Address: 3685, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC / 2010 Crescent Street, Montreal, QC
Reason to visit: What more Montreal way to enjoy chicken and waffles than on a classic poutine? Dirty Dogs’ Chik’N MacWaffle also comes topped with the place’s signature mac and cheese. You can pair the small plate ($15) or large plate ($26) with any number of fruity sangrias or “dirty” cocktails, all of which are 2-for-1 during happy hour, 2-6 p.m. weekdays. .
Address: 3001 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, QC
Reason for Visit: For French cuisine with a diner vibe, this restaurant in Saint-Henri is the place to go. The savory chicken and waffles on their brunch menu are supposed to be drenched in maple syrup ($23). Add freshly squeezed orange juice ($7) or a Paris-Brest milkshake made with praline French pastry ($9).
Triple Crown dinette
Address: 6700 Clark Street, Montreal, QC
Reason to visit: In the heart of Mile-Ex, this retro diner serves three pieces of fried chicken with cheddar/chive waffles and espelette-spiced maple syrup ($19) on a rotating menu. You can eat in or take out, and add hushpuppies for $3.99 if you want a fuller southern dining experience!
Address: 25 Fairmount Avenue West, Montreal, QC
Reason to visit: This Mile End brunch spot is known for its fried chicken and waffles served with BBQ sauce and breakfast potatoes ($22 full portion; $18 half portion). Pair your meal with an apple pie milkshake ($11) or a mango, passion fruit and peach smoothie ($8) for the full experience.
The Bird Bar
Address: 1800 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, QC
Reason for Visit: This Southwest restaurant calls itself Montreal’s “first fried chicken and champagne” restaurant and features a frying technique that results in less fat absorption. Their three-piece chicken and waffle dish ($28) is available for brunch or dinner and comes with maple sriracha sauce and a watermelon, feta and mint salad. . They also have vegan “fried chicken” options on the menu!
Address: 1425 Stanley Street, Montreal, QC
Reason for visit: Enjoy a classic take on chicken and waffles ($26) at this downtown restaurant and bar with neon pink and retro chrome vibes. The cocktail menu is as extensive as it is creative with a selection of mules, mini-fishbowls and artisanal milkshakes, like the Toasted Marshmallow Shake ($16) which combines Quebec maple liqueur, hazelnut spread, roasted marshmallows and chocolate sauce.
Address: 1241 Mont-Royal Avenue East, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: This fusion restaurant spices up its chicken and waffles with Indian flavors to delight your taste buds! The stack of masala waffles and tandoori fried chicken with sour curry/lime sauce, spiced honey and cashews is $22. There’s often a long line to get into this popular Plateau brunch destination, so be sure to reserve a table in advance. If you arrive early, there are $5 mimosas from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.