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The Best Fried Chicken & Waffles in Orange County

OC Chicken Waffles: Long Beach Area

To the inexperienced, chicken and waffles may sound like an odd pairing. If you mull it over, it's really the best of both worlds: salty and sweet. At The Hangout, we have the  best fried chicken and waffles in Orange County. 

Ask those who have had it and they'll whisper 'It tastes damn good'. Been working nonstop all week? It makes for a great meal and a nice treat, For chicken and waffles in Orange County, we have two locations in the Long Beach area.

Chicken & Waffles:

  • Sweet Belgium Waffle

  • Crispy Fried Chicken

  • Country Gravy Or

  • Warm Maple Syrup

  1. Q. So why do we serve two sauces with chicken and waffles in Orange County?

    A. In the United States, two versions of chicken and waffles arose. The most widely known is attributed to soul food. The soul food version uses maple syrup. The older and other recipe came from Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine and uses gravy.
  2. Q. How do you eat chicken and waffles?
  3. A. You can eat them side by side if you wish. For some, they choose to throw some hot sauce followed by maple syrup or even honey. The more traditional route is with gravy. You could think of the waffle as a substitute for corn bread.

Chicken & Waffles: Huntington Beach, Seal Beach

For chicken and waffles in the Long Beach area, join us at one of our two casual restaurants.

Enjoy chicken and waffles in Seal Beach, our beachside restaurant opens daily at 7:00 am. If you're unfamiliar with us, we're on the corner of Main street at Ocean Avenue with direct views of the Seal Beach Pier.

Parking is free for 2 hours on Main Street.

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Telephone: (562) 431-4888
Cuisine: New American
Ambiance: Casual Dining
Price Range: $11 to $30
Full Bar: Yes
Reservations: Not needed
Parking: Free on Main Street for 2 hours.
Pier parking lot: $3.00 for 2 hours or $6 daily. 

For chicken and waffles in Huntington Beach, our sister restaurant in Surf City USA opens at 11:30 am. Perfect for those who are not early risers, its Minutes from Bella Terra in Huntington Beach. Our address is Bolsa Chica and Heil Avenue.

Hangout Too Southern Bar & Grill
16446 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: (657) 204-9306
Cuisine: New American
Parking: FREE
Large Groups: Yes, Call Ahead
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Range: $11-30
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
Cross Street: Heil Avenue at Bolsa Chica St

Chicken & Waffles Origin: The Pairing Of Two American Dishes

The origin of chicken and waffles has a long history. The precedes the expression of when “Leggo my Eggo” hit our consciousness. There is a bit of a misconception however. Although it's a dish with southern roots, it's not a southern dish per se. Let's break down the pairing of this American dish, shall we? 

First, let's start with the origin of the waffle. The history of waffles dates back centuries to the middle ages. The word waffle first appeared in the English language mid 18th century from Dutch word wafel circa 1794.

The waffle came from the "oublie" which was nothing more than flour and water used for communion and saint's days. It was made between two hot plates by ancient greeks. During the 14th century, the first known waffle recipe became known.

Fast forward to the 15th century where a distinction was made with the first waffle iron. From there it made its way into Belgian culture and spread throughout Europe. By 1620, Dutch waffles arrived in America with the pilgrims. In 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, N.Y. patented the stove top waffle iron claiming it was merely an improvement from its origins.

Now onto fried chicken. According to The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, it originated during the middle ages from the Mediterranean. It goes on to state that it's based on Fricassee recipes. 

Fricassee is the act of cutting up and frying chicken and then braising in a sauce. From there, Fricassee would go on to appear in British and Scottish culture. Once it made its way to America, it would later be refined by African American cooks. 

This now brings us to how chicken and waffles united.

The pairing of chicken and waffles originated in Pennsylvania Dutch country circa 1600s. It then became popularized in Harlem, New York City although with a slightly different recipe. It is credited to Wells Super Club which grew from the speakeasy setting during Prohibition.

Jazz musicians would come by just after 2 am and this dish was seen as encompassing breakfast with dinner. From Harlem it spread to the West Coast where its popularity remains intact. This eventually made it's way to the West Coast. Herb Hudson opened Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in 1975 based in Hollywood.

For more on the history of chickens and Waffles, see the PBS article below.

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Nicholas McDonough

Nicholas is a senior contributor to The Hangout Blog living in Southern California.Connect with