One of my favorite things about traveling is discovering new places to eat. About a month ago, I went to Phoenix and was looking for something close by the ASU Downtown campus. Lo and behold, Lo-lo's Chicken and Waffles was just down the road. Now, I had never tried this fried sweet and salty combo before, but I'll try pretty much any food once - no food discrimination here. My friends thought it sounded gross. Really, what's odd about it? We eat chicken fried steak for breakfast, we dip bacon in maple syrup, we pair fruit and meat all the time, and we coat pretzels with chocolate. So, what's so weird about fried chicken and waffles? Nothing! It's delicious! We all loved it!
Where did this scrumptious creation come from? Who was the genius who put this together for the very first time? Well, according to The History Kitchen, the first chicken-waffle mixers were the Pennsylvania Dutch. However, the first FRIED chicken and waffles were served up at the Wells Supper Club in Harlem, New York around 1938. And the fried part is key, in my opinion. Ann and John Wells served up the delicious combo to late night diners such as Sammy Davis Jr., and Nat King Cole. The meal was perfect for binner, dreakfast, supfast, or brupper - the meal between dinner/supper and breakfast. I have no idea if any of those are real terms, but if someone takes them, I said it first!
|The book was adapted to film - twice!|
And, you can even find Chicken and Waffles in the library! Pick up a copy of Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain, a 1941 book about (among other things) a single mother during the Great Depression who successfully opens up chicken and waffle restaurants in the LA area. Or, pick up a couple cookbooks about fried chicken and waffles and make some of your own!