The History Of Chicken & Waffles:
Chicken and waffles are a staple in culinary traditions including “soul food” and southern cuisine. There are many different stories that claim to be the origin of chicken and waffles from LA to Georgia to Halem. Like many recipes, there have been hundreds of chefs and cities all claim credit for the original. However, the one undisputed fact about chicken and waffles is their link to African American cuisine. Whether the recipe was invented in jazz clubs in New York, or in the 1700s when the waffle iron became an American staple, what can be said is that they are delicious when made right.
Chicken & Waffles In Harlem
One story of the history of chicken & waffles begins in Harlem in the 1930s. Specifically, a restaurant named the Wells Supper Club is listed as the origin of the recipe. Chicken and waffles were on the menu at this Harlem restaurant back during the jazz era of music. The story always goes that the dish was designed to be served between dinner and breakfast in the early hours when musicians were likely finished with their sets. A Harlem native even brought the recipe to L.A. when he moved out to the west coast and began the trend of fried chicken and waffle dishes on the Pacific Coast.