Chicken and waffles is an acquired taste, and I acquired it the first time I tasted it a long time ago. It's an oddball brunchy combo (likely started in Harlem) made with (from bottom to top): waffle, syrup, fried chicken and hot sauce. OK, take in that unlikely collision of ingredients for a minute before moving on.
Now, for an insane party in your mouth, just head to the North Market Poultry & Game's prepared food counter, recently rechristened as "Kitchen Little." Kitchen Little has fostered a partnership made in flavor heaven by using the incomparable, crispy and ruffly Belgian waffles (which taste kind of doughnut like) from next-stall neighbor Taste of Belgium. On top of the waffle goes real-deal Ohio maple syrup, then a free-range, sweet and clean-tasting, "alive two days ago," herb-dusted and pan-fried boneless chicken breast, which is generously covered in Frank's Red Hot sauce.
Finding chicken & waffles isn't exactly easy in this town; finding fantastic chicken & waffles--hell, the Platonic form of chicken & waffles--is a true discovery. So if you're a fan of this sinful sweet/salty, vinegary/spicy, meaty/crunchy treat, then get yourself to Kitchen Little. Tell 'em Henny Penny sent you.
Follow Kitchen Little on Twitter (@kitchenlittleoh). Look for a full review in Alive soon!