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Dame's Chicken & Waffles

317 W. Main St, Durham, NC - (919) 682-9235
Posted By Jim Pfefferle on 9/1/2014 10:28:00 AM
My wife and I have eaten at some other chicken & waffle restaurants of national acclaim and have found Dame's to be our favorite by far. Dame's offers many different varieties of C&W's and will build your chicken and waffle to order at your whim. You can switch between their chicken cutlet (a healthy sized fried chicken breast) to the legs or wings, pick any of the their flavored waffles and any of their flavored butter shmears.

On different visits we have tried the Red Crested Rose Comb (Two Chicken legs, a Classic Waffle w/ Candied Pecans and Strawberry Shmear), the Light Brown Leghorns (Four chicken legs, a Classic waffle drizzled w/ Caramel & Cashews, Chocolate Hazelnut Shmear), and the Quilted Buttercup (a Chicken cutlet “sandwiched” b/w two petite Sweet Potato Waffles w/ Maple-Pecan Shmear). They were all so good that we cannot choose a favorite.

The chicken at Dame's comes out moist and tasty, with just the right amount of spice, and with a delicious crispy crust. Their cheesy grits and triple cheese and macaroni are our favorite sides, but the greens are also good if you like spicy greens.

On two occasions we've ordered Mimi’s Sassy Shrimp & Grits (Jumbo shrimp sauteed with house spices, with onions and chicken sausage). The first time we ordered it, we thought this was the best shrimp and grits I have ever eaten. The grits are wonderfully creamy with a lot of melted cheese. Dame's piles a lot of shrimp on top of the grits and they are tender and spicy. I didn't get much of the chicken sausage, but didn't care much for it anyway. The second time we had this, the shrimp were lacking in spice and the dish was not as good.

We took our neighbors with their two young children with us on our latest trip to Dame's. The children's meals were great. Their son had a waffle and bacon for his kid's meal dinner. It made for a fuss-free evening.

Prices at Dame's are very reasonable, most chicken & waffle combos are about $12 and the shrimp and grits about $15. They offer reduced prices for the chicken and waffles at lunch. Reservations are recommended for dinner hours.

Desserts are very limited at Dame's. We thought a slice of pie would be perfect for dessert, but they don't offer pie. I think they offer some desserts, but none of them interested us. We brought our own pie on our latest visit.

There is also a Dame's Chicken & Waffles location in Greensboro, NC.

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