Where to Find the Crispiest, Crunchiest Chicken and Waffles in the Hudson Valley
Whether you like ‘em with syrup, barbecue sauce, or both, you’ll find the tastiest twists on the classic brunch food at these local eateries.
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What is it about chicken and waffles that tempts us so? Maybe it’s the perfect harmony of sweet and savory that comes when hot, crunchy chicken meets freshly made waffles with golden crevices that practically beg for sticky drizzles of maple syrup. Slightly spicy and just sweet enough, the brunchtime pairing is a match made in foodie heaven. That’s why it’s no surprise that the comfort food trend is front and center on menus across the Hudson Valley.
To help you prepare for your next Hudson River brunch, we rounded up a few of the standout chicken and waffle dishes that are a cluck above your everyday breakfast fare. Ready to dig in yet?
American Glory is one of the top spots for comfort food in the Hudson Valley, so it comes as no surprise that the eatery’s hearty chicken and waffles riff is a cut above. First things first, American Glory brines its chicken in buttermilk before frying it and adding it as a topper on a southern style biscuit waffle. As for add-ons, whipped maple butter and Catskill maple syrup offer a sweet note to the savory center of the meal, while house pickles provide a touch of zest at the end.
Pinkies up! When it comes to chicken and waffles, The Borland House turns the brunch classic into a fine dining experience. The comfort fare takes a gourmet twist as a dainty sandwich with spicy fried chicken housed between two sweet little waffles. Uniquely, the whole thing is smothered in white gravy (in an ode to the southern original) and syrup, then partnered with a light side salad for a bit of greenery as well.
The Cuckoo’s Nest might live at the very north of the Hudson Valley, but its soul is most definitely in the south. For the chicken, The Nest uses vegetarian-fed birds that are free of hormones and antibiotics and raised on a cage-free farm. Once fried to golden doneness, the chicken pairs well with waffles, bourbon maple syrup, and honey hot sauce in a way that is quite literally finger-lickin’ good.
Double O knows that mini is the way to go. That’s why it shrinks its chicken and waffles special to bitty proportions for lunch. Diners can munch on crispy golden chicken breast paired with the cutest little Belgian waffles you ever did see. The stackable platter comes with both maple syrup and barbecue sauce, so everyone can choose whether they want it sweet, spicy, or a little bit of both.
The Dutchess Biercafe is home to many Belgian-inspired dishes, so of course a chicken and waffles sandwich is on the menu. The eatery stacks its homemade Louisiana-fried chicken between two thick Belgian waffles, then throws on a smear of maple bacon jam for good measure. It's a tasty combination made for any time of day.
Essie's is the classic American dining experience redesigned. Its Chicken N' Waffles is a new take on a traditional favorite. Crispy chicken sits on top of a waffle coated in local honey, a sweet vanilla butter, and preserved apples. If you can't make it home to see mom this weekend, head to Essie's instead.
As many a chef and home cook will rightfully declare, herbs can make or break a meal. In the case of The Helm’s chicken and waffle dish, herbs are the secret ingredient to success. Carve into the herb-brined chicken, which sits atop a savory buttermilk waffle that’s drizzled with house hot sauce and rosemary-infused cane syrup. It’s the little things, you know?
Tomorrow’s not just the Fourth of July. It’s also the release of Stranger Things season 3! And to celebrate properly, we’ve got a brunch special called The Eleven; leige waffle, chicken tenders, honey butter and NYS maple syrup. It may not be an Eggo, but we think @milliebobbybrown would approve. Brunch specials menu in our stories! #StrangerThings
Mill House might be known for its beer and burgers, but its brunch menu is a sleeper hit. Order the chicken and waffles, which pairs local fried chicken over a pair of malted waffles. For the figurative cherry on top, the eatery pairs New York State maple syrup with a honey sriracha sauce that makes this unique dish something seriously special.
Saturday at last, and with it: Brunch! A ton of specials on the board today; Apple Cinnamon Chicken n Waffle going strong, Jalapeno Bacon Jam Cheeseburger, Lucky Charms Pancakes, Crab Mac with spinach, Ham Farmlette, and our indomitable weekend brunch menu. Come n get it. #chickenandwaffle #applecinnamon #PAKTKingston #Kingston #BrunchedInTheFace #Brunch #PAKT
If you’ve been to Pakt before, you’ll know that the Kingston eatery is the place to go for southern style food in the heart of the Hudson Valley. For its take on chicken and waffles, Pakt sneaks a massive piece of crispy chicken between two halves of one soft, yet sturdy waffle. The true pièce de résistance here is undoubtedly the hot pepper jelly, which is made even better with a drizzle of one of Pakt’s extensive collection of hot sauces.
It’s one thing to order chicken and waffles at your go-to Hudson Valley restaurant. It’s quite another to order the dish at a café that specializes in the art of Belgian waffles. At the Grind, batter is made fresh daily and toasted into an amber-hued lattice that’s bigger than your steering wheel. As for the pollo, it comes in three made-to-order pieces that are equally scrumptious on their own.