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There is something about the texture and flavors of juicy fried chicken and thick, crisp Belgian waffles paired with smooth, sweet syrup that is the ultimate comfort food experience. This dish with versions that originate in southern soul food and traditional Dutch cooking, has fast become a favorite of foodies everywhere. As it grows in popularity, more restaurants are taking it on. Once only found in the south, Dutch and Amish communities, chicken and waffles has expanded to become a staple of many restaurants that serve comfort food. Here are some great places to try chicken and waffles in Pittsburgh.
Carmi Family Restaurant
917 Western Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 231-0100
www.carmirestaurant.com

Located in the north side, Carmi Family Restaurant is known for it’s menu of traditional soul food. Among a breakfast menu of traditional bacon, eggs and pancakes, you can find chicken and waffles as one of the restaurant’s specialties. The restaurant’s crowd pleasing fried chicken is paired with a thick waffle, fresh off the griddle. Try it with a tasty side of sausage gravy.

Meat And Potatoes
649 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 325-7007
www.meatandpotatoespgh.com

Located in the strip district, Meat and Potatoes is a comfort food mecca. A favorite for Pittsburghers for dinner, Meat and Potatoes also has a fantastic weekend brunch menu. If you stop in for brunch you can enjoy Meat and Potatoes’ take on chicken and waffles.  As usual, Meat and Potatoes takes the dish to the next level with juicy fried chicken served on a cheddar jalapeno waffle with bourbon bacon syrup.

Savoy
2623 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-0660
www.savoypgh.com

Also located in the strip district, Savoy is a favorite restaurant among Pittsburgh foodies. Among the weekend brunch creations from executive chef Kevin Watson, a delightful version of chicken and waffles is available. Choose from a fried chicken breast, legs or thighs. Your chicken selection is served with corn pudding on your choice of a red velvet waffle with mascarpone cheese or a classic Belgian waffle with maple syrup.

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Hough’s Taproom And Brew Pub
563 Greenfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
(412) 586-5944
www.houghspgh.com

Located in Greenfield, Hough’s Taproom and Brew Pub is known for it’s happy hour as well as it’s Sunday brunch. The brunch menu features chicken and waffles in a convenient sandwich style. Boneless fried chicken is topped with bacon, cheddar and a sweet and spicy syrup. The whole lot is rolled into a thick Belgian waffle for your enjoyment. No fork necessary.

The Urban Tap
1209 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 586-7499
www.theurbantap.com

Located in the south side, the Urban Tap is a gastropub and taphouse serving food and drafts that are sure to make your taste buds dance. Weekend brunch is made special with a sweet and savory chicken and waffles dish. Crispy fried chicken is served on a cream cheese and chive waffle. The tasty combination is topped with a maple bourbon sauce to bring out the flavor and complement the texture of the chicken and waffle.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.