Sometimes when you have a craving, you just need to go for it. As was such a few weekends ago when my boyfriend woke up with a intense hankering for chicken and waffles. We decided we’d go whole hog–or hen in this case–and brave the estimated 90 minute wait at the acclaimed eatery, Pies-N-Thighs, in Williamsburg.
We nervously approached the crowd outside of the bright red cottage at the corner of 4th and Driggs and put our name in with our hostess. Ultimately, many people dropped out of line, which cut our wait to about 45 minutes.
A laid-back server ushered us to a table in the back of the pint-sized diner. We were greeted with the delicious smell of baked goods wafting through the restaurant and the sound of sizzling fried chicken combined with a cheerful ‘50’s soundtrack.
Andrew and I had already agreed that we must sample the famous pies and thighs, but were swayed by our helpful waiter (and growling stomachs) to order a doughnut to start. The doughnut flavors of the cake and raised variety rotate each month and we had our pick between old fashioned, chocolate cake, drunken, coffee cream filled, or pecan butter crunch.
I gasped when our waiter placed the piping hot pecan butter crunch doughnut before us; it was the largest doughnut I’ve ever seen! We easily finished every bite, but had to remind ourselves to save room for the rest of our meal. I loved the fluffy, layered texture of the baked good combined with the crunch of the butter pecan.
Our entrees arrived at our table shortly after we had demolished our doughnut. Andrew appeased his chicken and waffle craving and I settled on the chicken biscuit. At first I was worried that a sole chicken biscuit wouldn’t curb my appetite, but the fluffy biscuit and generous portion of chicken was quite filling. The star of the dish was the house-made hot sauce and honey butter smothering on the poultry.
Andrew’s chicken and waffles were well-executed and tasty. The chicken was moist with a crispy exterior, although the batter could have been more flavorful. We loved the cinnamon batter in the waffles and the fresh fruit compote atop the dish. Overall, he rated this dish a B+ to A- on his chicken and waffles grading scale.
We rounded out our decadent brunch with a slice of key lime pie, Andrew’s favorite. Thankfully, the slice was small as I was beginning to feel like I needed to be rolled back to the Bedford subway stop. The pie was light and refreshing with a sticky graham cracker crust. It tasted just like my grandma makes back in Sanibel Island, Florida.
The Bitches say: A. The comfort food and relaxed vibe results in a finger-lickin’ good brunch, if you can stand to wait in line. The chicken biscuit puts Chik-fil-A to shame!
166 S. 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Pies-N-Thighs serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.