I had always been under the impression that chicken and waffles were a Southern thing – my bosses, who are from Texas, were SURE that it started in Chicago. The dish has its own Wikipedia page, which posits a few different origins, one going all the way back to Thomas Jefferson. Given the humble nature of the dish’s origins, it’s probably one of those “the world will never know” things. What we do know is that chicken and waffles are super tasty, and that my neighborhood gastropub Longman & Eagle makes a damn fine version of them.