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National Waffle Day in the Windy City 2020

Get ready breakfast lovers! National Waffle Day is right around the corner. On August 24, Americans get to celebrate the 151st anniversary of Cornelius Swartwout gaining the first U.S. patent for the waffle iron. Discover Chicago's Best WafflesWhile some may be content to stay home and celebrate with an Eggo (no judgment), others are heading out to support their favorite waffle joints. Here’s a list of great places to celebrate National Waffle Day in Chicago.
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There are 2 Chicago Waffles locations conveniently located in the famous Chicago Loop. Their specialty waffle menu has 14 different possibilities and the option to add even more fruit, candied walnuts, or organic maple syrup to any order. Chicago Waffles has both sweet and savory menu options. Those with a sugar craving can try red velvet, cinnamon roll, or blueberry lemon cheesecake waffles. Fans of the savory should stick with the bacon and chicken waffle or the cheddar and short rib variety. There is even a heart-healthy waffle made with whole wheat and topped with fresh strawberries and granola. They have enough variety to please anyone that shares your table.

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Chicken and waffles is one of the most popular soul food dishes. Luckily, Oak Park and Bronzeville residents have some of the best in their own backyards. Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles has online ordering available at both locations and indoor dining in Bronzeville. The “Chicken ‘N Waffles” section of their menu lets guests decide between light and dark meat, individual pieces of chicken, and the quantity. Guests can also add fruit, chocolate, or pecans to their waffles to really enhance the play of sweet against salty. Prefer boneless chicken? No problem! That’s a possibility too. Pescetarians can get a catfish and waffles combo with either fried or grilled fish. Can’t get enough waffles? Order a side of chocolate chip or pecan waffles as well.

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The Churro Waffle is the perfect, family-friendly place to celebrate National Waffle Day. Churros are traditionally made from dough that is fried and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar to create a crunchy, sweet treat. The Churro Waffle uses churro dough to make their eponymous waffle and then deck it out with cinnamon, sugar, caramel ice cream, sea salt, and caramel sauce. Only slightly less sinful, the Oreo waffle with America’s favorite cookie, caramel sauce, and cookie’s and cream ice cream is a close second. They’re cooking up savory waffles too like the chorizo waffle with jalapeño, eggs any style, and tomatillo or the bacon waffle that comes with hickory-smoked bacon, bacon, bacon, and more bacon. The Churro Waffle is open for dine-in and outdoor seating on weekends.

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White Palace Grill is a timeless example of the ‘urban diner.’ They’ve been at their corner location on Canal street since 1939 and have been open 24/7 ever since. They have an entire section of their menu dedicated to different chicken and waffle platters, making them the perfect casual spot for Waffle Day. Each chicken and waffle combo starts with 3 southern-fried chicken tenders and a waffle, but the add ons get bigger and better from there. The portion sizes increase to include eggs, turkey sausage patties, and a side of grits. It’s a no-frills, homestyle comfort meal.

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The Fork brunch menu has 2 ways for patrons to enjoy those doughy, syrup-drench lattices. This farm-to-table joint uses the best, locally sourced ingredients to create diverse brunch and dinner menus featuring American cuisine. At brunch, hungry guests can keep it simple with the malted buttermilk waffles. The cinnamon butter and brandied cherries give them a richness that can’t be beaten. Their fried chicken and waffle plate combines the sweet and the savory with lemon butter, salty bacon, and Dunek Farm maple syrup. Fork is open for delivery, curbside pickup, as well as limited patio dining.

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Kanela Breakfast Club was voted best breakfast in Chicago by USA Today. Kanela (Greek for cinnamon) uses local, organic products to bring Chicagoans the best Greek-inspired American breakfast and brunch menu items. Their menu features classic waffles with seasonal fruit in the “sweet” section and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with sriracha honey under the “savory” heading. Kanela is actively involved in bettering their community as a corporate citizen. They regularly donate to health, education, social, and cultural institutions to help strengthen their Chicago community.