Went to see guitarists Bill Frissell and Marc Ribot at Yoshi's the other night. What an awesome duo! But aside from the music, of course the quintessential question was, "Where should we eat before the show?" I helped brainstorm a bit with Ron (because that is what I do), and we decided on the Home of Chicken & Waffles, right in Jack London Square.
When you walk in, you're greeted by portraits of diners painted on the canary yellow walls. The bar area (which was hoppin') is on the right side, and the dining room (relatively slow) is on the left. There's a counter, so it has a real diner feel.
The bar was stocked with some great booze (Kraken rum, which makes a great Cuba Libre), and they have this out-of-control "Remy Chill" refrigeration machine that serves VSOP Remy at 0ºF. Enough said.
The menu is quite extensive, with lots of combination platters, mains and sides. I love the names of the dishes, like "The Homeboy", "Njambi's Magic", and "Taste of Toussaint". With names like that, how can you not love this place?
Enric and I split the "Lord BJ" which is 4 pieces of fried chicken and two waffles, all for $15! I deeply regret not getting this smothered with onions and gravy, for 50 cents extra. FAIL.
This was so incredibly satisfying. The waffle was... a waffle. Nothing spectacular, but the chicken was definitely awesome, and I think everyone at the table might have agreed. Not too much batter, nicely spiced, cooked well. Plus the combination of the waffle and fried chicken is just friggin ingenious.
Fried Chicken Porn.
"Jason's Pick": Greens, black-eyed peas, rice, cornbread with a piece of chicken. The beans were stewed with love.
"Angie's Delight": Waffle, chicken and grits. So clean, so simple.
Side orders of greens and candied yams. How we forgot to order the much-touted mac and cheese, I do not know. FAIL #2.
I am reading on their website that this place was opened by a co-owner of the original Roscoe's, of SoCal fame. There used to be a Roscoe's in Oakland, but it closed many years back. Check out Sashe's post on UM from when she went to Roscoe's in the LBC.
Greatest thing about the Home of Chicken and Waffles? It's open till midnight on weekdays, and 2am on weekends! How awesome is that? Place was definitely poppin' when we left at 10pm, at least the bar area. There were all these bouncers at the door, and I recall a velvet rope. Classic.
HOME OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
444 Embarcadero West