Comfort food isn’t just found in the Deep South. Illinoisans like to feed the soul too, and that’s why there are so many places that serve amazing fried chicken n’ waffles.
These delicious restaurants will blow your expectations of soul food out of the water. Check them out:
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1. Slim Chickens
This is actually a little-known chain that has several locations in Illinois as well as in several other states. Known for fried chicken, this joint sells chicken tenders with a whole waffle that will drive you wild. Additional menu items include wraps, sandwiches, salads, wings, and more.
2. Atlas Chicken Shack
This wonderfully charming little chicken joint serves some of the crispiest fried chicken n' waffles in the state. This place is known for its array of unique and delicious sauces that can be paired with sandwiches, salads, and more. Find this tasty place at 511 S 3rd St., Geneva, IL 60134.
3. Bubba's Famous Fried Chicken
This absolutely delicious place sells classic chicken n' waffles like you'll find in the south. In operation since 2015, this excellent spot is also known for broasted chicken and wings. Try it all at 2511 95th St., Evergreen Park, IL 60805.
4. Honey Biscuit
Offering delivery, take-out, and a lovely dining area, this place is all about the fried chicken n' waffles. You can get this dish any way you like, including with fried eggs and gravy on top. Other menu items include classic brunch fare like omelets, pancakes, crepes, sausage, fried potatoes, and more. Find this hot spot at 106 W Northwest Hwy., Mt Prospect, IL 60056.
5. Fort Jesse Cafe
Since 2015, this urban restaurant has been making some of the best fried chicken dishes in the state. Pair with waffles or sides like fries and chips for a meal you'll never forget. Try it at 1531 Fort Jesse Rd. #1, Normal, IL 61761.
6. One World Cafe
One of just many different delicious and unique dishes, the chicken n' waffles here are topped with bacon and served with both syrup and gravy. Additional breakfast delights include pizza, egg casseroles, and sandwiches. Find it at 1245 W Main St., Peoria, IL 61606.
7. Ma's Chicken In A Basket
You can get chicken n' waffles more ways than one at this phenomenal place. Guests enjoy chicken wings, strips, and even chicken n' waffle sandwiches that can be served up plain or tossed in a sauce. Find it all at 5019 Ace Ln., Naperville, IL 60564.
8. Urban Farmhouse Eatery & Pie Company
Known for a large buffet that will keep you coming back for more, this grand place also serves individual meals and appetizers. In addition to chicken with your waffles, you can also get chicken that's been dipped in waffle batter and fried. If that sounds amazing, get yourself to 15 Central Blvd., Highland, IL 62249.
9. Watson's Shack & Rail
This bar and grill is known for both fried and rotisserie chicken. The chicken n' waffles and Nashville Hot Chicken take center stage but guests also enjoy homemade biscuits and a slew of craft beers and cocktails. Find it at 211 N Neil St., Champaign, IL 61820.
10. Childers Eatery & Catering
With locations in both Peoria and Junction City, this popular place is best known for its breakfast classics. In addition to fried chicken, you can also enjoy your waffles with fruit, bacon, sausage, nuts, caramel, and more. Guest also enjoy omelets, sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, and cereals.
Where else can you get astounding fried chicken n’ waffles? Share your favorite places with us below in the comments.