Brunch on Long Island: Chicken and Waffles
For those of you who need an excuse to still eat breakfast food during lunchtime. Why not take brunch to the next level by mixing a breakfast food with a lunch dish? Yes, it is exactly what you are thinking of... the famous chicken and waffles. The perfect combination of sweet and salty that leaves your mouth watering. For anyone that has not experienced chicken and waffles, don’t worry because Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro made sure to put it on our brunch menu for you to try.
- Fried chicken first appeared in a form of fricassee. Fricassee is a method of cooking that involves fried pieces of meat braised in a sauce.
- The first First Lady of the United States of America, Martha Washington, had two recipes for fricassee chicken.
- During the civil war, soldiers were sent fried chicken in care packages because the frying process made it harder for meat to spoil.
- Waffles originated in the Middle Ages when bakeries began producing communion wafers for Church services.
- Thomas Jefferson started a mini-waffle craze in the 1790s when he brought a French waffle iron across the pond.
- America first met the Belgian waffle at the 1964 World’s Fair.
Combining chicken and waffles:
- Chicken and waffles were first founded in Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 17th century. Cooks made waffles topped with pulled chicken and gravy during this time period.
- In 1938, a different version of the combination appeared in Harlem, NY at the Wells Supper Club.
- The combination became increasingly popular, spreading to Los Angeles when Harlem native Herb Hudson opened a restaurant dedicated to the pairing. The restaurant, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.
- The dish is most commonly made by serving fried chicken with a waffle. This food combo is a favorite of many people who are influenced by traditions of soul food passed down from past generations of their families.
- The exact origins of the dish are unknown; there are several versions of its origins. Food historians have unearthed chicken and waffles recipes in cookbooks as far back as the late 1700s.
- There are many ways to eat this dish: Some people go right for the chicken, saving the waffle for dessert. Others do exactly the opposite by starting with the waffle because they want to save the chicken for last. Some shred the chicken, put it on the waffle, pour the syrup over the whole thing and dive right in.
Wherever it came from, chicken and waffles is here to stay and Vintage Wine Bar Bistro will continue to gladly serve them to our customers for brunch on Long Island. So the next time you and your friends/family decide to go out for brunch on Long Island make sure to stop and Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro to try our delicious chicken and waffles!