National Waffle Day: Chicago
Happy National Waffle Day! We know, we know, you’ve been waiting all year. Never fear, we’ve got you covered. A day to celebrate a brunch staple that has withstood the test of time. If you are the kind of Bitch that prefers light and chewy waffles, listen up! No need to break out your waffle iron, here are our top picks to enjoy the best waffles in town!
You’re probably most familiar with the original Belgian waffle (we are too) and for good reason. It’s delicious and the perfect foundation for huge dollops of whipped cream and powdered. As a Chicago favorite, there are so many options in town. For a classic at a Chicago institution, head on over to Lou Mitchell’s for their malted Belgian waffle. If you feel like added a little somethin’ somethin’, add bacon and pecans. Brunch is served daily starting at 7 a.m.
565 W. Jackson Blvd.
For those looking for their Belgian waffle covered in loads of fresh fruit and whipped cream, head on over to Tre Kronor. Yes, they are known for their Swedish food, but let me tell you, they know their Belgian waffles. This is a childhood favorite for me and probably many far northsiders. Brunch is served Monday through Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
3258 W. Foster Ave.
For those that are craving a Belgian waffle yet want to begin the day with something healthy, Yolk in the South Loop offers a “Healthy Start Waffle” – covered in almond granola and homemade Greek yogurt. You can even walk the calories off along the lake if you desire. Brunch is served Monday through Friday starting at 6 a.m. and Saturday and Sundays at 7 a.m.
1120 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicken & Waffles
While not the original, chicken and waffles is still an American classic. It seems this indulgent pairing has creeped its way on to many menus throughout the city, but Hash House a Go Go has added sage to give their version a little something extra. If you are feeling brave (and hangry), look no further than the The Big O’ Sage Fried Chicken & Waffle Tower. We’re talking two sage fried chicken breasts, smoked bacon waffle, hot maple reduction, fried leeks and served with two eggs. This is no joke. Brunch is served daily starting at 7:30 a.m.
Hash House a Go Go
1212 N. State Parkway
For a little sweet and savory action, check out the Cluck-N-Gaufre at Batter & Berries. For a touch of sweetness the batter is made using sweet potatoes and the drizzled with a nutmeg hot sauce and maple butter. Yes, it’s okay to salivate a little at this point. Brunch is served daily starting at 8 a.m.
Batter & Berries
2748 N. Lincoln Ave.
We can’t talk about chicken and waffles without talking about Longman & Eagle’s chicken and waffles. Probably one of the most Instagrammed of the bunch, it’s tasty and pretty at the same time. Who doesn’t like a little food porn? Instead of sweet potatoes in the batter, this version comes with sweet potato and pork belly hash on the side. As if chicken and waffles couldn’t get any better. Brunch is served daily starting at 9 a.m.
Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Waffles with a twist
The best thing about waffles is its versatility! We can’t think of anything that doesn’t go well with waffles. With the creativity of Chicago chefs, waffles are being reimagined in new light and interesting combinations – all are delicious of course!
The Winchester has switched out the traditional English muffin for its take on the eggs benedict waffle. The house made waffle is slightly sweet, soft, and chewy. Braised bacon, creamed kale, apple, and poached eggs are piled on top. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m.
1001 N. Winchester Ave.
For those with places to be, the breakfast sandwich is most likely a staple. At Bistro Dre, the breakfast sandwich is elevated using, you guessed it, waffles. This sandwich is smoky with a copious amount of bacon – bacon waffles, smoked bacon, and bacon syrup. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
2965 N. Lincoln Ave.
Speaking of sandwiches, for lovers of all things sweet head to Waffles for a waffle ice cream sandwich. It’s still summer, so why not enjoy ice cream between two luscious waffles? We can’t think of one single reason not to. Brunch is served daily starting at 7 a.m.
1400 S. Michigan Ave.
Next up and equally satisfying is the wonut. Yes, that is the Waffle Cafe’s mix of beloved doughnuts with waffles. Flavors include Mexican chocolate with candied orange peel and chocolate shavings, green tea with pistachios and candied ginger, birthday cake, and much more. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which ones to get. Brunch is served daily starting at 7 a.m.
203 E. Ohio St.