For the past few months I have been driving past this sign every other day, curiousity finally got the better of me. I am not a pregnant woman but I do eat like one so I had to stop in and try the chicken and waffles.
Chicken and Waffles are exactly what they sound like, chicken and….Waffles. When the waitress brought them to me I asked her exactly how one is supposed to eat Chicken and Waffles. Do you put the chicken on top of the waffles and pour syrup on it? Is the chicken a sidedish of the waffle and vice versa? She didn’t really have a direct answer for me stating that everyone has their own way of eating them which lead me to believe that she wanted my first chicken and Waffles experience to be my own or that it was her first day and didn’t know either.
I experimented with a few different methods. First I took a bite of waffle then a bite of chicken, then I took a bite of chicken and a bite of waffle and finally I seperated some chicken from the bone put it on the waffle and covered them both with syrup. Even thought the chicken was crisp and tasty, and even though the waffles buttery with a hint of vanilla were some of the best waffles I’ve ever eaten I just don’t understand the pairing chicken with waffles. Who thought that up anyway? Well of course, like anything with a cult like following there are a few theories out there here are 2 I find to be most believable.
The Waffle Iron is rumored to have been brought to the Americas by Thomas Jefferson back in the 1790’s. In the old South the slaves’ diet was composed of scraps left behind by the wealthy land owners. since chicken was a delicacy in those days and pancakes were king, chicken and waffles became a festive dish predominatly amongst African Americans.
Wells Supper Club was a Jazz Club in Harlem. Back in 1938 they began serving chicken and waffles late at night because it was too late for dinner but too early for breakfast, nowadays we would call this “Fourth Meal.”
(both theories ripped from wikipedia.com and rewritten by Mike)
The New Center Eatery is located at 3100 W Grand Blvd. in Detroit’s New Center. They are open 8am-5pm every day. 313-875-0088