Rita’s – Chicken and Waffles


Chicken and waffles. The two could not be more different. One is a savory delight eaten on main meals all over the world. The other, a typical North American breakfast staple for a powerful start of the day. The two should have, by all accounts, always stayed separated, never to be seen on a table at the same time.

But love is strong. And love between meals is strong as well. That’s how, at some point in time, some dude (or dudette) decided to join these two individual items in holy matrimony. Nobody thought it would work. After all, on one hand, you have a very sweet waffle, made even sweeter with honey on top, and above, some deliciously crispy fried chicken with a tasty gravy. How is it possible that these two can keep this engagement going for years?

My kind of cake. Rita's - fried Chicken and Waffles

My kind of cake

It all depends on where they get married, I suppose. And in this case, getting married at Rita’s, a cool and intimate, diner style joint in Hackney, works like a charm. Pouring the two sauces on top of this tower of greasy goodness feels like giving a blessing on the dish. And after one taste of the powerful flavors brought upon by eating chicken and waffles combined, you’ll never doubt that these two were meant for each other.

In an age where it’s (finally!) becoming acceptable for people to marry whoever the fudge they want, it’s only reasonable that we allow the same for food. I say bring me some sushi covered in chocolate sauce, and I’ll give it a try. Though I doubt that marriage would last as long as this one…

Slimy? Anything covered in both gravy and honey will be dirty. The fact that what you’re covering is a greasy waffle and a greasier fried chicken gives this extra slimy points.

Satisfying? This wedding will be one I shall remember forever. Chicken, I wish you both a good life together. Waffle, you may now kiss the bird.


175 Mare Street, London E8 3RH