For years I’d heard rumblings of this dish, reputed to be a Southern delicacy, but seriously . . . chicken and . . . and waffles? Together? On one fork?
That’s just weird.
But with it being National Waffle Week and all, it seemed like a good time to try it. So I gathered my fellow foodies and—after a calming facial to start the day off right—we set off on a culinary adventure. Having done considerable research, I found a place that served highly-rated chicken & waffles not far away.
Brix Bar & Grill. It’s in old downtown Plano, between 15th & 14th on Avenue K. There’s a garage behind for parking, which is a comfort in that part of town. Excellent pub-like décor, charming waitstaff . . . so far, so good. While we’re pretty brave when it comes to trying new things, we thought we’d hedge our bets and split a bowl of Lobster & Crawfish Bisque for starters.
This is clearly neither chicken nor waffles, but it was voted “best hamburger in Plano” so—again, hedging our bets against the unknown—we ordered one for the table. Perfectly cooked 100% natural, local, Texas grass fed beef on a lovely soft bun, served with parmesan, herb, & sea salt-dusted fries. Yum.
And finally, here it is. Bacon-flavored waffles (more savory than sweet), crispy on the outside/juicy on the inside tempura fried chicken tenders, little strings of fried sweet potato, and grand marnier maple butter syrup.
The verdict? Surprisingly delicious. I do think it’s in the right place on the appetizer portion of the menu; I don’t think I’d want to wolf down an entire serving of this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But shared among friends? Fabulous.
As for Brix, that place is a winner, hands down. Fabulous food, delicious drinks (I had iced tea but my companions had yummy little cocktail things), nice people, and great prices. If you’re anywhere near there, go. Tell ‘em the “booth ladies” sent you.