While recent years may have left you questioning whether it's always okay to do things the American way, there are some aspects they just get right. From the humble hamburger to the New York slice, when it comes to comfort grub our friends across the pond have hit the nail on the head, and nothing proves that more than the salty, sweet and satisfying combination of chicken and waffles. Great for breakfast, even better for brunch and the ultimate brinner dish, restaurants across the capital are flocking to offer their own take on the soul food classic, so we've rounded up the best places in London to eat chicken and waffles.
Dirty Bones, Shoreditch
Venture into this Grade II-listed Shoreditch building for a no-nonsense plate of crispy fried chicken with waffles and a shot of maple syrup. But don't limit a trip to Dirty Bones with just the basics: come for the indulgent brinner pairing, then stay for their list of delicious, playful cocktails that act as the perfect accompaniment.
Juno Rooms, City of London
This gorgeous, foliage-decked dining room in the heart of the Square Mile is one of our favourite places to head for chicken and waffles in London. Alongside a wealth of zesty cocktails to get stuck into, Juno Rooms offer a slick stack of crunchy double fried chicken and crispy bacon, slathered in sweet chilli sauce and vibrant greens.
Breakfast Club, Canary Wharf
Channelling the glory days of Northern Soul and modelled on old working men’s club (as well as the famous Wigan Casino), The Breakfast Club in Canary Wharf is a must-visit for lovers of quirky party venues. And it’s not just the decor that’s off-kilter – their take on fried chicken and waffles comes with a cornflake-coated twist and a side of American gravy, caramelised onions and a fried egg.
The Full Nelson, Deptford
If you're on the hunt for vegan chicken and waffles in London, this Deptford restaurant should be your first port of call. Their souped-up breakfast spreads are the stuff of plant-based dreams, and none more so than these particular meatless morsels, which come served with maple syrup and dairy free butter.
Absurd Bird, Spitalfields
As the name suggests, you can find all kinds of crazy clucking concepts at Absurd Bird. You'll want to head down to the trendy diner around breakfast time though, so you can treat yourself to a delicious helping of their Absurd Benedict, which really runs with the theme, mixing waffle, fried chicken, poached egg and a wonderful dollop of hollandaise sauce.
Prince of Peckham, Peckham
With White Men Can't Jerk in the kitchen, Queen's Road's Prince of Peckham is serving up some of the most perfectly spiced fried chicken in South London. Add some soft, fluffy waffles, pour over some maple butter - maybe add some bottomless booze and rum cocktails to the mix? - and you've got a real recipe for success.
BrewDog, Across London
Offering one of the best chicken and waffle brunches in London, BrewDog are cooking up something a little spicier than your standard spread. Their fabulous fried chicken comes smothered in a mix of maple syrup and zingy hot sauce - the perfect pick-me-up for pairing with fresh coffee, or, more likely, a few of their award-winning pints.
Okay, so you've had chicken and waffles, but have you had chicken and croissant waffles? Get yourself over to Shoreditch where Cocotte is creating some of the tastiest hybrids in the breakfast game. The Hoxton Square restaurant will be topping these flaky beauts with sweet chilli-basted chicken thighs, a fried egg and their special sauce.
All Star Lanes, White City
A West London bowling alley that takes its brunches very seriously, All Star Lanes is the Westfield, White City venue for lovers of bottomless fizz, pin-smashing and perfectly fried chicken. Tuck into a heaving plate of star-shaped waffles topped with the crispy stuff and drizzled with a mix of salted chilli butter and maple syrup.
Upper House, Islington
Looking for some of the best chicken and waffles in North London? Head over to Islington where Upper House's brunch offering includes their bacon and golden syrup-doused dishes. Alongside this mouthwatering meal, the Upper Street restaurant is letting you add bottomless bubbles to your booking for as little as £30 all-in.
Looking for more US-inspired eats? Check out our guide to the best American restaurants in London.