by Kyle Wright - 60 Reviews - 8 List
Nothing makes regular ol? chicken taste better than a bath in hot grease--and that perfect breaded crunch has converted many a staunch Yankee to consider a Southern-fried lifestyle. In Boston, what was once solely fast-food or picnic fare has become comfort-food chic, and local eateries are serving up breasts, legs and wings alongside mashed potatoes, cole slaw and maybe even a waffle or two.
(Photo: The Hen House by David Levin)
Updated: December 28, 2009
The Hen House is arguably Boston's first restaurant to spawn trendy fried chicken and waffles, a familiar Southern combination that only recently crawled into the New England spotlight. It might sound a little crazy, but there's a method to the delicious madness. Start by choosing what kind of waffle you?d like: original, multigrain or a surprisingly moist cornbread. Butter and syrup are next; for a sweet alternative to maple, try clover honey. Chicken tops it off, and you're good to go.
The retro decor at this casual Somerville spot may remind you of mom's kitchen, but it's hard to imagine she ever cooked anything as tasty as chef Mark Romano's dishes. Mondays are dedicated to fried chicken that is soaked in tangy buttermilk, slung in spiced flour and served up with traditional fixings like collards and butter-soaked biscuits.
Fry enthusiasts sink their teeth into Trina's version of chicken and waffles, where a huge portion of meat is crisped and smothered in a sweet hot-pepper syrup. The utilitarian waffles are really just a raft between the chicken and plate. Wash everything down with one of the lounge's signature cocktails, or go for a Miller High Life--it pairs beautifully with the entire menu.
Symphony 8 boasts a menu filled with elevated American comfort food. The fried chicken is paired with a pile of garlicky sauteed spinach and light, spongy waffles so buttery you forget the need for syrup. Bite into the fleshy fowl for a grand crescendo of flavor, starting off salty and ending with a slight bite.
Located in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester, this fast-food chain alternative serves up food with more soul than most north of the Mason-Dixon. A small seating area welcomes hungry guests into Mrs. Jones' kitchen, where chicken is fried to a light golden brown and served in portions that kick any colonel's butt. Sides like creamy mac and cheese or a slice of sweet potato pie butter you up properly.