We admit that when we go out to brunch, we are on the hunt for some good, old-fashioned, sweet and decadent comfort food. As much as we love preparing our own delicious feasts at home, sometimes it’s nice to go out and treat ourselves to a classic brunch dish.
One of the most beloved brunch pairings in the world is chicken and waffles. If you’re someone who is trying to eat a more plant-based diet, you probably thought the days of digging into a crispy, warm protein on top of a fluffy stack of waffles was over … but luckily it’s 2017 and there are actually plenty of plant-based chicken and waffle dishes being served in restaurants!
Below, we’ve rounded up several restaurants in the United States that actually serve plant-based “chicken” and waffles. Say hello to your new favorite Southern comfort breakfast, vegan style.
1. Atlanta, Georgia
Cafe Sunflower is Atlanta’s nationally recognized and award-winning vegetarian and vegan restaurant. The cafe has been serving up plant-based cuisine for more than 20 years! You can find their vegan chicken and waffles on their Buckhead’s Sunday brunch menu. Their version features a waffle topped with fried “chicken” seitan, mustard maple syrup, and vegan whipped cream. Learn How to Make Perfect Seitan and how to make Soy-Free Whipped Cream if you want to give it a go on your own.
2. Austin, Texas
The Beer Plant
The Beer Plant is an all-vegan gastropub in Austin, Texas, that offers 40 craft beers on tap and serves up delicious and hearty plant-based fare in a farmhouse-inspired location. Their “Chik’n & Waffles” dish features house-made waffles, chicken-fried seitan (which contains peanuts), buffalo sauce, house-made cultured vegan butter, and your choice of classic or texas whiskey infused maple syrup. Interested in vegan butter? Learn how to make Palm-Oil Free, Soy-Free Butter yourself!
Drop by The Beer Plant at 3110 Windsor Rd, Austin, Texas 78703.
3. Brooklyn, New York
Champs Diner is an establishment in Brooklyn that serves up a 100 percent vegan menu, with baked goods, comfort-food items, and more in a retro diner setting. Their version of Chik’n and Waffles is available until 5 pm, and is comprised of a vegan waffle topped with powdered sugar, breaded chik’n steak, and vegan maple butter.
Visit Champs at 197 Meserole St, Brooklyn, New York 11206.
4. Oakland, California
Souley Vegan is a warm corner eatery in Oakland that serves up delicious Lousiana-style soul food and a variety of cocktails and desserts — all vegan, of course! Their version of seitan-based “chicken” and waffles can be found on their brunch menu. For $1.25 more, you can swap out the traditional vegan Belgian waffle for a vegan sweet-potato Belgian-style waffle instead!
Go get brunch at Souley Vegan at 301 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607.
5. Portland, Oregon
Off the Griddle
Off the Griddle is a relatively new vegan and vegetarian spot that serves up plant-based spins on classic American favorites, plus cocktails. Not only are their chicken and waffles vegan (they come with maple syrup, but you can sub in vegan country gravy or buffalo sauce and cashew cream for an extra $2) but they’re gluten-free, too!
Learn How to Make Cashew Cream yourself — you won’t regret it!
Visit Off the Griddle at 6526 SE Foster Rd. in Portland, Oregon.
Make Your Own
If you don’t have access to one of these restaurants, don’t despair. Just make your own delicious version of the dish. We found an amazing recipe featured on the Food Monster App!
Crispy fried “chicken” on top of a fluffy stack of waffles… What could be better?! Whether it’s the hot sauce baked into the tofu chicken, the sprinkle of rosemary, or the truffle oil in the waffles, this dish is full of tasty surprises. With such beautiful presentation, this recipe for Chicken and Waffles is a must at your next weekend brunch. Don’t forget the maple syrup!
Want to Learn More?
Love waffles? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Waffles! If you’re interested in eating more vegan food but aren’t in one of the above states, or are just interested in trying your own hand at making comforting vegan recipes, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day.
Also make sure to check out some of our other American city guides, listed below:
- Here Are the 10 Best Cities to Get Vegan Doughnuts in the U.S.!
- Your Guide to Vegan Delis and Sandwiches Across the United States
- Vegan Cheese is Taking Over! Artisan Vegan Cheese Shops That are Popping Up by You!
- Awesome Vegan Food Trucks Worth Traveling For!
- These 8 Companies Will Help You Cater the Vegan Wedding of Your Dreams
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