The scientific theory that proclaims ‘opposites attract’ surely holds true in more realms than just Earth’s universal laws of physics. In desperate times, the taboo pairing of two unacquainted items can result in an awakening, life-altering experience. Just ask any stoner preparing a late night snack with little to no cooking skills and a keen imagination. Possibly the best example to an unusual pairing of dishes can be seen in the American dinner favorite, chicken and waffles. The combination of a soft, sweet waffle and a crispy, savory piece of fried chicken adjoins two time-specific meals, breakfast and dinner, that are still sanctioned by outdated etiquette. Although this succulent meal’s origin is difficult to pinpoint, it was likely made famous during the height of the New York jazz scene during the first half of the 20th century. Musicians like Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk would order chicken and waffles at breakfast to make up for the dinner that was missed the night before while jamming at a local club. The addition of a waffle not only satisfied a breakfast requirement but it also served as a replacement to the warm piece of bread that usually accompanied the golden, soul food favorite. Taking this rarely offered comfort dish to new heights, California-based restaurant The Iron Press, known for taking conventional sandwiches and replacing the bread with a buttery waffle, presents a unique take on the jazz era favorite. Focused on dishing out fresh ingredients from the local community, The Iron Press Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich consists of a slowly marinated fried chicken breast topped with coleslaw, then placed in between a scrumptious waffle and served with jalapeno maple syrup. Advancing our popular HYPEBEAST Eats… series, the Carnegie Deli of the waffle press showcases the process behind creating its best-selling dish.
Photography: Brandon Shigeta
- 01 Buttermilk Soaked Chicken Breast
- 02 Fresh Jalapeno Maple Syrup
- 03 Herbs and Spices
- 04 Light Cilantro Vinaigrette Coleslaw
- 05 Panko Crust Batter Mix
- 06 Beer Infused Waffle Mix