Home of Chicken and Waffles in Walnut Creek

by foodhoe on August 1, 2011

1653 Mount Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek | 925.280.1653 | website | twitter

Mon – Thurs 10 am – 1 am; Fri – Sat 10 am – 4 am; Sun 9 am – 1 am

Plans were announced last Fall that Home of Chicken and Waffles was opening in downtown Walnut Creek sometime late 2010.  This trashy but sublime pairing of breakfast and dinner is a brilliant feast for those who aren’t interested in counting calories.  I should but don’t…  We had been impatiently waiting, obsessively googling, and then vaguely triumphant when we finally saw jobs posting on Craigslist last spring, knowing that it was only a matter of time.  And at last, the Home of Chicken and Waffles finally opened its doors last week.

Like the Jack London Square location, the decor is space-age retro with a big nod to the 50’s diner, although it looks like there are tiny tv screens between seats rather than jukeboxes at the counter.  The bright yellow back wall provides a background to the menu, which is a series of portraits of each dish named after family members.  The online menu is 18 pages long, with several pages dedicated to alcoholic beverages which are not yet available at this location.

The combinations are endless, the menu features a broad range of food for the soul.  Of course there is an entire page of chicken and waffles (12 variations), or you can decide to order the chicken smothered in gravy with grits or a hot fluffy biscuit, southern style chicken livers or giblets with rice and gravy. There’s a section devoted to eggs and such, or you can choose to go rad with a sandwich or salad.  There are also tons of sides to consider: candied yams, greens, corn bread, potato salad black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, smothered potatoes, fries, sweet potato fries, red beans and rice.  Whew!  Fortunately our doll of a waitress had worked at the other location and was well versed in the menu, although all of us were set on getting our hands on the specialty of the house.

Chris and I both ordered Keith’s Tackle ($10.25), which consists of 2 chicken wings, a Waffle & Macaroni and cheese.  This sounded like a reasonable amount of food and I worried that two wings wouldn’t be enough.  Let me assure you that I wasn’t able to finish either the waffle or the mac and cheese, the portions are quite generous and the food is rich and hearty.

Now, let’s talk about the chicken, which arrived piping hot fresh from the fryer.  The meat is brined, tossed in seasoned flour and fried to a sultry golden brown patina. The result is a thin, crisp and very savory coating that I took care to nibble every bite of.

The golden waffles are crunchy and served with a huge scoop of soft butter that was at least 1.5″ in diameter!  I quickly spread that over the waffle, giving it time to melt in and then poured the contents of my plastic tub of syrup over it all.  Then I broke it apart and picked it up and ate it like pizza, alternating bites of chicken and waffles, dazzling fireworks going off in my mouth.

The macaroni and cheese was unexpectedly fabulous.  It was especially cheesy and I marveled at the delectably velvety texture.  I wonder how they keep the cheese from separating, and am very glad that they have it figured out.

My co-worker Dustin enjoyed Dale’s Choice ($10.75), which is a generous pile of six chicken strips, side of yams and a Waffle, choice of ranch or BBQ sauce for the strips.  He substituted the yams for a side of mac and cheese (+.50).  He finished every single bite…

There was always someone coming around checking to make sure that we were happy or filling our water glasses but the best thing of all was the moist towelette they dropped off at the end of the meal.  Yes, everything was finger licking good, but this is a nice touch and very refreshing.

The neon sign proclaims it to all the land, Soul Food at its Best!  Especially true as they may be the only soul food restaurant in the creek…

They are open until 4 am on Friday and Saturday nights, offering a fried chicken haven for a late night snack after the bars close at 2 am.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa August 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

What wonderful comfort food! that chicken looks si moist.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Cookie August 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

YUM! Chicken and Waffles are the best!

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Single Guy Ben August 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I don’t think I would ever go to a place like this because of my high cholesterol, but I actually would love to just go and watch you eat every nibble of that fried chicken! In a way, I want to witness that you actually ate all of it! 🙂

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foodhoe August 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

single guy, you are missing out on something very good… once in a while you just have to live large!

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hungry dog August 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’ve actually never had chicken and waffles..looks like this should be my first foray into the combo, don’t you think? And open until 4am, impressive!

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Gastronomer August 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Trash pairing? I think not!

This post had me drooling, Sandy! Glad to hear the mac and cheese was just as great as the chicken and waffles.

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Gastronomer August 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I meant, “trashy pairing.” 😉

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caninecologne August 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

hello – just delurking myself here. 🙂 great blog and photos! i wish i knew about your blog before our bay area trip a few months ago. i would have tried out some of those places, like this place!

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foodhoe August 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

gastro girl, yeah you know me and the trailer cuisine…
canine cologne, yay for delurking, thanks for visiting… well, next time let me know I have lots of ideas!

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Mrs. L August 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

Even my husband has had chicken and waffles…I’ve been wanting to try a chicken and waffle place for years. Dang I wish this was closer.

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grace August 6, 2011 at 1:38 am

i’m definitely among the fans of the unexpected chicken and waffle combo. also, any place offering moist towelettes is on my list to be tried and tested. 🙂

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James August 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I remember when HCW (at the time, the heralded return of Oakland’s long lost Roscoe’s branch) opened its doors at Jack London. I initiated all of my friends at last twice during opening week, and we ended up returning something like 7 times that summer. Lines out the door at 3 a.m., people dressed to the nines after a long night out, a bouncer at the door, and lots of good cheer! It’s good to know that HCW is still making good — perhaps they’re even outdoing Roscoe’s, whose chicken was always inconsistent 😛

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