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When Chicken and Waffles Get Wacky

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The brunch classic chicken and waffles has everything — it's crunchy, salty, sweet, fattening, messy and indulgent. And it's also a safe bet. But some establishments are changing up the classic version and adding more of a bite. Some spice it up with Sriracha or jalapeño butter. Some change out the protein for something more adventurous (but still stick with the spirit of fried chicken). Syrup flavors are all over the place — or sometimes syrup is completely absent. And a few restaurants convert the classic into a sandwich.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Rue

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11120 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 938-8800
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Yes, multiple places in D.C. had red velvet waffles.There are three chicken and waffles options at this Maryland restaurant. Aside from the red velvet option, there's also a sweet sriracha chicken and waffles dish for those who want a little kick with their meal.

2. Capital Chicken and Waffles Food Truck

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Here, it's the setting rather than the dish what's unique: get chicken and waffles off a food truck. The menu is limited and focused on its core product. So once the chicken and waffles is ordered, spring for one of the sides offered.

3. City Tap House

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901 I St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20536
(202) 644-9433
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At this restaurant near the Verizon Center, sweet and spicy is how the chicken and waffles is prepared. With the fried chicken and buttermilk waffles come butter with honey and thyme, red pepper jelly and coffee stout syrup.

4. The Coupe

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3415 11th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3342
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Not 24 hours anymore, but still worth a visit at odd hours of the day. For brunch, check out the cornmeal and cheddar waffles with chicken. And to kick up the spice level, there's a bit of jalapeño butter.

5. DCity Smokehouse

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8 Florida Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-1919
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This is the definition of a hole in the wall. Forgive the claustrophobic space because Chef Rob Sonderman knows how to make some mean BBQ and chicken and waffles. But Sonderman's take uses red velvet waffles, which he tops with bourbon syrup.

6. Green Pig Bistro

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1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1920
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Don't order chicken and waffles. Here it's called the angry bird. It's fried chicken and waffles smothered not with syrup, but with sausage gravy.

7. Mosaic Cuisine & Cafe

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186 Halpine Rd
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 468-0682
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Forget about bread at this Rockville restaurant that "reinvented" waffles. Sandwiches come with the option of waffles instead, and it's advised to go that route. They have several interpretations of chicken and waffles including grilled chicken with a lemon caper sauce (on a waffle), parmesan chicken picatta (on a waffle) or BBQ chicken (on a waffle). There are specialty waffles available, including a tomato waffle and even waffle "croutons".

8. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20005
(202) 290-2821
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There's chicken in the name, but this chicken and waffles isn't chicken. Serving chicken fried pork and waffles, The Pig sticks to what it knows best: pork. And this one too has bourbon in its syrup.

9. Wicked Waffle

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1712 I (Eye) St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006
(202) 944-2700
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With "waffle" in the name, this place better have something worthwhile. And they do. This is the place where fluffy waffles serve as bread. The chicken and waffles served here is a walnut grape chicken salad between two slices of waffles. No need for a fork and knife for this dish.

10. Range

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5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015
(202) 803-8020
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Range's new brunch menu has a take on chicken and waffles with fried chicken livers, blue cheese waffles and and smoked balsamic syrup.

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1. Cafe Rue

11120 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705

Yes, multiple places in D.C. had red velvet waffles.There are three chicken and waffles options at this Maryland restaurant. Aside from the red velvet option, there's also a sweet sriracha chicken and waffles dish for those who want a little kick with their meal.

11120 Baltimore Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

2. Capital Chicken and Waffles Food Truck

Washington DC, D.C. 20002

Here, it's the setting rather than the dish what's unique: get chicken and waffles off a food truck. The menu is limited and focused on its core product. So once the chicken and waffles is ordered, spring for one of the sides offered.

3. City Tap House

901 I St. NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20536

At this restaurant near the Verizon Center, sweet and spicy is how the chicken and waffles is prepared. With the fried chicken and buttermilk waffles come butter with honey and thyme, red pepper jelly and coffee stout syrup.

901 I St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20536

4. The Coupe

3415 11th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20010

Not 24 hours anymore, but still worth a visit at odd hours of the day. For brunch, check out the cornmeal and cheddar waffles with chicken. And to kick up the spice level, there's a bit of jalapeño butter.

3415 11th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20010

5. DCity Smokehouse

8 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001

This is the definition of a hole in the wall. Forgive the claustrophobic space because Chef Rob Sonderman knows how to make some mean BBQ and chicken and waffles. But Sonderman's take uses red velvet waffles, which he tops with bourbon syrup.

8 Florida Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

6. Green Pig Bistro

1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201

Don't order chicken and waffles. Here it's called the angry bird. It's fried chicken and waffles smothered not with syrup, but with sausage gravy.

1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

7. Mosaic Cuisine & Cafe

186 Halpine Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

Forget about bread at this Rockville restaurant that "reinvented" waffles. Sandwiches come with the option of waffles instead, and it's advised to go that route. They have several interpretations of chicken and waffles including grilled chicken with a lemon caper sauce (on a waffle), parmesan chicken picatta (on a waffle) or BBQ chicken (on a waffle). There are specialty waffles available, including a tomato waffle and even waffle "croutons".

186 Halpine Rd
Rockville, MD 20852

8. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20005

There's chicken in the name, but this chicken and waffles isn't chicken. Serving chicken fried pork and waffles, The Pig sticks to what it knows best: pork. And this one too has bourbon in its syrup.

1320 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20005

9. Wicked Waffle

1712 I (Eye) St. NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20006

With "waffle" in the name, this place better have something worthwhile. And they do. This is the place where fluffy waffles serve as bread. The chicken and waffles served here is a walnut grape chicken salad between two slices of waffles. No need for a fork and knife for this dish.

1712 I (Eye) St. NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006

10. Range

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20015

Range's new brunch menu has a take on chicken and waffles with fried chicken livers, blue cheese waffles and and smoked balsamic syrup.

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20015

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