Houston's Best Chicken & Waffles

The ultimate sweet and savory combo
August 1, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Whether you prefer a traditional or innovative take, these spots offer some of the best fried chicken and waffles in Houston.

Down House
Breakfast · Heights · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Praised for its offerings at breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch, this “laid-back” American in the Heights uses ingredients that are “as local as possible” and also pours “delicious” cocktails and coffee drinks; some “wish the waits weren’t so long at peak times” , but with a “hip” , “eclectic” feel throughout, it’s "hard not to like this place."
The Breakfast Klub
Breakfast · Midtown · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

For what is “arguably the best breakfast in town” , those in the know head to this “unique” daytime-only cafe in Midtown beloved for its “delicious” “real-soul-food” day-starters that “mix and match” things like fried chicken and pancakes or shrimp and grits; the lines “just to order can be exhausting” , but once inside, service is “speedy” and “friendly” , and a “cool, artsy” scene awaits.
Benjy's
Rice Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Innovative, modern” New American fare plus a “really fun” cocktail list and a “comfortable” yet “chic” setting combine at these popular standbys; the “young and hip” arrive for “first-date drinks, brunch with the family and dinner with friends” , and it’s a “favorite happy-hour spot” too.
Adair Kitchen
Breakfast · Galleria · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

Turning out “simple” but “exceptionally well-prepared” American fare, this Galleria “neighborhood place” is especially popular midday when it becomes a lunchtime “hot spot” ; the “large, open” dining room is “pleasant” and “unpretentious” , with a “Southern country kitchen” vibe to it.
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Breakfast · Heights · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Oysters are always a treat” , as is the “extensive” menu of locally attuned seafood faves and American grub (steaks, burgers) at this upscale-casual eatery in the Heights, which also pours “excellent” drinks; though contemporary, the interior is “warm, wonderful and cozy” – no wonder it’s a “packed brunch destination” on weekends.
LES BA'GET Vietnamese Café
Vietnamese · Montrose · $

Food-trucker/chef Cat Huynh brings his first brick-and-mortar to Montrose, featuring Vietnamese breakfast and coffees, banh mi sandwiches, spring rolls, pho and Japanese beer. The cool, pint-size space with blond-wood walls and pitched exposed-wood ceilings attracts hipsters, coffee-shop lingerers and foodies on the go for counter-service fare.