Lover’s chicken and waffles – Dear Mom

Lover's chicken and waffles - Dear Mom
Vegan fried “chicken”, waffles, maple syrup, herb butter.
Dear Mom, San Francisco CA

This “chicken” was pretty good for vegan! It was tender and juicy and I really liked the breading. The waffle had a great texture too!

Marisol: Portrait of Georgia O'Keefe
Marisol: Portrait of Georgia O’Keefe statue, Sydney G. Walton Square.

Buttermilk fried chicken and cornmeal waffle – Brown Sugar Kitchen

Buttermilk fried chicken and cornmeal waffle - Brown Sugar Kitchen
With brown sugar butter and apple cider syrup. $15
Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland CA

The most important question for this BSK review: “Is the food worth the wait?” I’m gonna say No. We arrived at 8:30 on a Sunday morning and didn’t get food until 10:15. Living in SF, I’m used to the long waits for brunch but the food has to deliver. BSK fell short.

Everything here was really slow, especially our server. We were seated right after the 2-top next to us at the counter, but our order was taken 10 minutes after theirs. They actually finished their meal before we even received food (very frustrating)! When they’re busy, you can wait up to 30 minutes for waffles. While the waffles are delicious, an extra 30 minutes is excruciating when you’ve been waiting so long already and feeling jittery from all the coffee. The fried chicken was just ok so the waffles definitely carry this dish. I think there’s plenty of great chicken and waffles elsewhere that don’t come with a 2-hour+ wait (and cheaper). This place doesn’t make my cut for a “destination” brunch joint. And there is absolutely nothing else at this location so you have no other options if you come here.

Mimosa - Brown Sugar Kitchen

Mimosa. $7.50
Pretty small and weak for the price.

Custard French toast – Nopa

Custard French toast - Nopa
Strawberries and honey-lemon butter, maple syrup. Half order $7
Nopa, San Francisco CA

Oh my effing god! This was probably the best French toast I’ve ever had. Sometimes I don’t really agree with the food items on the 7×7 Big Eat list, but this was frickin’ amazing! And I’m not even a French toast/pancake kinda guy! I wish I had taken a photo in cross-section because it was the interior texture that truly made this dish. The inside of the French toast was so silky and custard-y, and oh so delicious. I would brave the ridiculous brunch line again for this dish! NOMS!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012, 2014

Alamo Square Park
View of downtown SF during sunset from Alamo Square Park.

Buttermilk chicken and waffles – Luna Park

Buttermilk chicken and waffles - Luna Park
Belgian style, served with maple syrup, butter. $15
Luna Park, San Francisco CA

I’ve had my share of Belgian style waffles, but this didn’t compare. The waffle was WAY too airy and, therefore, had little substance. It dissolved almost immediately with the addition of butter and maple syrup. You really needed a more substantial waffle to hold up to the large pieces of buttermilk fried chicken on the plate. The chicken was good, but the waffle was lame.

French toast – Solaire Restaurant + Bar

French toast - Solaire Restaurant + Bar
Fresh berries and maple syrup. $10
Solaire Restaurant + Bar, Santa Cruz CA

These were just your standard French toast. They tasted fine but they weren’t anything special.

Chicken sausage - Solaire Restaurant + Bar
Chicken sausage. $4
These sausages were pretty sad especially when they cost four bucks!

Condiments - Solaire Restaurant + Bar
Ketchup, maple syrup and butter.

Sage fried chicken and waffles – Hash House A Go Go

Sage fried chicken and waffles - Hash House A Go Go

Two sage fried chicken breasts with hardwood smoked bacon waffle tower, hot maple reduction and fried leeks. $16.95
Hash House A Go Go, Las Vegas NV

Sage fried chicken and waffles - Hash House A Go Go
Mmm, this was much tastier and more manageable than the fried chicken benedict! The chicken was still a little greasy, but the waffles with bacon cooked into them were delicious. I just drenched everything in maple syrup and went for it, lol! I could have done without the useless pile of fried leeks on top though.