Cincinnati’s 5 Best Chicken & Waffles


Sometimes, all you want is a little southern comfort food, and chicken and waffles is always the perfect solution. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it’s always the right time for this perfect union of foods. Luckily, there are people in Cincinnati nailing the whole chicken and waffles thing, and they might not be the first places you think of. Here’s where you need to get your next chicken and waffles fix.

1. Arnold’s Bar And Grill

It only make sense that one of the oldest bars in Cincinnati makes one of the best chicken and waffles. The chicken breast is prepared with salt, pepper, egg wash, and flour before being fried. Then drizzled with Buffalo sauce, made from Franks Hot Sauce. The waffle is actually from one of the city’s best food trucks, Marty’s Waffles. The waffles are grilled with sugar pellets, which caramelizes outside of the waffle, making them insanely delicious. Order it with the Saison Dupont or Chimay Grande.

Arnolds Chicken & Waffles

2. BrewRiver GastroPub

They’ve always had Gerber’s buttermilk chicken on the menu, so it was pretty much a no brainer when BrewRiver GastroPub decided to add their own amazing Belgium style waffles. They first marinate their chicken – an airline breast with a lot of flavor – for twenty four hours in buttermilk and spices, which is then fried to perfection. The Belgium style waffles are dense, but savory. Sweetness for the dish comes from their Ohio maple syrup. They taste good with any beer, but we recommend the Nut Case Peanut Butter Porter.

BrewRiver GastroPub Chicken & Waffles



3. smoQ

Peter Zimmer was inspired by Memphis to bring southern cooking to Cincinnati, and we couldn’t be happier about it. smoQ has been serving chicken and waffles for years, but they just recently started rotating the waffle flavor daily, giving you an even better reason to visit often. We got to try the Glazed Apple Pecan Waffle, and it was unreal. The waffles are topped with the perfect cinnamon butter and maple syrup. The chicken breast is marinated in buttermilk, and then double dipped in seasoned flour for the perfect flavor. Try it with Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan, or their specialty Peach Whiskey Lemonade.

smoQ Chicken & Waffles



4. Hang Over Easy

If you’re looking for a place to get chicken and waffles when you’re feeling a little rough (read: hungover) from the previous night (or morning, we’re not here to judge,) then you’ve got to go the Hang Over Easy. Their chicken and waffles is the anecdote you need. The chicken is marinated in buttermilk and hot sauce, then fried and served perfectly hot. The waffles are delicious, made with praline nut butter, crispy on the outside, and gooey on the inside. And with almost 40 beers on draft, you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Hang Over Easy Chicken And Waffles



5. Keystone Bar And Grill

Keystone’s been serving chicken and waffles for about six months now, and they aren’t leaving the brunch menu any time soon. The presentation is perfect, and if that doesn’t win you over, the taste will. Keystone serves you a giant waffle, topped with the fried chicken and fresh berries. Everything is made in house, even the butter and syrup served alongside the dish. Pairs perfectly with the Keystone Bloody Mary.

Keystone Chicken & Waffles