500BestSquareFried Chicken With Waffles @ Lüke

It’s unknown who first paired fried chicken with waffles. The combination is counter-intuitive, but something about it grabs the palate’s imagination, and you want to try it from the moment you hear about it. Most chicken-and-waffles sources are diners or chain restaurants. Luke, however, is a restaurant operated by Chef John Besh, who has certain standards. So the chicken is marinated in buttermilk, fried to order, and served with a gravy made with Benton’s bacon. Even the syrup is unusual, made from Louisiana mayhaws. It’s on the brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays.

Lüke. CBD: 333 St Charles Ave. 504-378-2840.

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  1. Vance G. Reynoir on January 2, 2016

    The best fried chicken in town is served at Galatoire’s. I know it is not on the menu, but ask and they will prepare it. Great!