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Chicken & Waffles

A touch of the South (and Brooklyn) has hit L.A.

A touch of the South (and Brooklyn) has hit L.A.

Anyone who knows me understands my love for breakfast food, and not just in the morning but for lunch and dinner too. So, when friends visiting from NYC wanted to have dinner at Sweet Chick, my mouth started watering before I even got there.

The Brooklyn-based chicken & waffles restaurant, Sweet Chick is relatively new to Los Angeles having just opened its doors this April. Located in Fairfax Village (448 N. Fairfax Avenue) – a prime location for some of L.A.’s artsy restaurants and bars – it is truly soul food heaven.

When you first walk through the doors, you immediately feel like you’ve been transported to a different city. The laid-back, friendly space has soaring exposed beam ceilings with dim white lights strung throughout and farm-white wainscoting on the walls, which give it that Southern feel. The bar, for those who just want to pop in after work for a cocktail or nightcap, is nestled on one side and a booth separates it from the dining area so you’re not disturbed while eating. On the other side, is a private dining area with glass doors for private parties or gatherings, which make it ideal for large groups. Adding to the Southern feel, the walls are decorated with old waffle irons and poultry art which I thought was particularly cool.

Now on to the menu with its selection of starters, entrees and sides…

There are a variety of different dishes that will satisfy anyone’s palate (even those who are gluten-free and vegetarian). From the classic Fried Chicken & Waffles and Fried Chicken Parmesan to the Nashville Fried Chicken served with a Milk Jam Waffle to Mike’s Hot Honey Chicken and Waffle for those craving a little kick, to name a few; and you can even get vegetarian fried chicken. All the dishes come with maple syrup, of course, and three great selections of butter. There’s also an assortment of comfort food staples such as Mac and Cheese, Shrimp & Grits, Collard Greens, Biscuits and Cornbread as well as tasty starters like Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Kale B.L.T. Salad. My personal favorites were the Brussel Sprouts, Mac and Cheese, and Fried Chicken Parmesan.

Oh, almost forgot about the cocktails. Of course you can order your staple drinks but they also have a variety of signature cocktails like the Tiger, Tiger Woods Y’all and Sweet Chick, plus a nice selection of beers.

Bottom line… make a reservation and definitely bring your appetite. For more info about the restaurant and to check out the menu, visit Sweet Chick’s website.

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