When you know you want comfort food, but you’re not sure if you’re craving savory or sweet – enter the versatile waffle – life’s most unassuming treasure. Top it with a perfectly crisped piece of chicken, squirt some syrup, and you have one of the most intoxicating meals known to mankind. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch or supper, a well-crafted plate of Chicken & Waffles can lift your mood in an instant. San Antonio’s got some great places you can gravitate towards when the Chicken & Waffle urge strikes. Whether it’s traditional southern-style or an interesting twist on the classic favorite, there’s a restaurant here that will soothe those hunger pangs.
This restaurant might be famous for its Whiskey Cake but it also serves up Chicken & Waffles all day. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, the classic meal comes with locally-sourced eggs, maple syrup and the house sausage gravy. As an added bonus, the waffles are made with mesquite flour, which is rich in nutrients, minerals, protein, is gluten-free, and has triple the fiber of regular flour. The airy waffle is more on the savory side of the scale than on the sweet. The tender, moist chicken is lightly breaded in the flour and crisped.
Whiskey Cake operates a true farm-to-table kitchen using local ingredients in their dishes. They slow cook all their meals for added flavor and nourishment. No microwave – ever!
The kitchen is open Mon – Thurs 11 am – 11 pm, Fri 11 am – 12 am, Sat 9 am – 12 am and Sun 9 am – 10 pm.
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, Suite 21200, San Antonio, TX, 78256
Maverick Whiskey is a restaurant and bar that offers a luxurious dining experience, serving up some really fresh, healthy, and seasonal food. The “Capt’n Crunch Chicken and Waffles” is served at brunch only. It comes with sausage gravy and syrup. The crispy waffles served here are so delicious that you probably won’t even need to add any syrup.
They offer tours of the distillery and tastings most days. You can find out more when you visit – or book online ahead of time and make a day of it.
The restaurant is open Tues – Thurs 11 am – 10 pm, Fri – Sat 11 am – 11 pm, Sun 10 am – 3 pm.
115 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX, 78205
5 Points Local is a trendy restaurant and yoga studio. They only use ingredients that are organic, locally-sourced, and 100% gluten-free – so if you aren’t allowed to eat wheat and you’ve been craving waffles, this is the solution! They usually only serve chicken and waffles as a special on weekends so call ahead to find out if it’s on the menu before taking the drive. The waffles are airy and light and have a touch of spiciness, making them especially memorable.
The restaurant is open every day except for Thursdays, 8 am – 4 pm.
1017 N Flores St, San Antonio, TX, 78212
This smaller, eclectic restaurant, located in the Alamo Ranch Shopping Center, serves a large Chicken & Waffle portion. The bacon waffle is served with spicy maple syrup and pickled watermelon. It’s only available from the brunch menu and reservations are recommended as it can get busy given the size of the restaurant. The waffles are prepared very well, so the syrup might not be necessary and the chicken is served tender and juicy.
Hop & Vine is open for brunch Sat-Sun 10 am – 3 pm, and lunch Thurs – Fri 11 am – 4 pm.
5619 W Loop 1604 N, Suite 109, San Antonio, TX, 78253
Grayze on Grayson Street is a rustic neighborhood restaurant that believes in using locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients. They currently only serve “Chicken in a Waffle” for brunch on weekends. It’s not a traditional Chicken & Waffle. You have to order it with an open mind. It’s one of those meals that you might not like or, on the other hand, it might change your life. The waffle is actually a waffle cone, the chicken is juicy, and the dish is served with whiskey syrup and crème anglaise. The traditional Chicken & Waffles will always be good – no one can argue with that – but sometimes it’s fun to change things up.
They’re open for brunch on Saturday 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm.
521 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX, 78215
The Hoppy Monk is a family-owned, eco-friendly restaurant, powered completely by wind and focused on locally-sourced food. The ‘Nashville Chicken & Waffle’ can be found on the brunch menu and is a unique, Asian variation on the American classic. It’s spicy and sweet at the same time. The fried chicken thigh is crunchy and not too greasy. The roasted corn waffle is made incorporating green onion in the batter and is full of flavor. It comes with a sunny egg, dill pickles, chives, bacon, and maple syrup. It’s a pretty spectacular meal.
They’re open Mon-Sat 11 am – 12 am and Sunday 10 am – 12 am.
1010 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX, 78232
Cured is a restaurant that makes use of fresh regional ingredients and organic culinary methods. Technically, they serve a Chicken & Doughnuts, which can be found on the Brunch menu. It’s a special twist on the classic but equally as satisfying. The chicken has a subtle Asian flavor and is perfectly cooked. It’s served with Jalapeño Syrup, which is absolutely delicious. and you won’t want to share. Overall, it’s a great variation of the regular chicken and waffles and you won’t want to share.
They serve brunch on Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm.
306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX, 78215
Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery is a spacious restaurant in a brewery setting. They use fresh ingredients and have a curated, seasonally-changing menu. They serve Chicken & Waffles for brunch. The waffles are served with 2 pieces of southern fried chicken, maple syrup, crystal hot sauce, and butter. It’s served classic-southern style. The chicken is seasoned perfectly, cooked well, has a great texture, and retains its moisture. The waffle is crispy, just the way it should be. This is the perfect Chicken & Waffle when nothing but the classic will do.
Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
136 E Grayson St, Suite 120, San Antonio, TX, 78215
If you know of a great local restaurant that serves this American classic, let me know in the comments below.