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KFC Chicken & Waffles Return Nationwide With New ‘Big Basket’ Option

KFC’s debut of Chicken & Waffles at the end of 2018 was one of their most successful limited-time offerings of all time. Some restaurants ran out in as little as two weeks due the high demand.

With that in mind, the fried chicken empire chose to make this item their fastest ever to return back to stores nationwide. Their relaunch, happening just four months after the initial release, is literally bigger than before.

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In this limited-time drop of the Chicken & Waffles, KFC chose to bring a larger size of their platter to the table. This new offering, called the Big Basket, consists of two Belgian-style liege waffles and your choice of four tenders, three pieces of dark meat, or two pieces of white meat. It’ll be sold for $7.99.

The other options from last time, including the smaller platter variation and the Chicken & Waffles sandwich, will also be back on the menu. A standard basket consists of one waffle and any of the above chicken piece offerings (just with one less piece each), while the sandwich uses two waffles as the “buns.”

All of these Chicken & Waffles offerings will be available from March 23rd until either April 29th or stores sell out, whichever comes first.

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Watch This Restaurant Turn Fried Chicken & Waffles Into A Cubano Sandwich

It’s easy to see why the Cubano sandwich trend has began to proliferate, branching out from its roots on the East Coast. If you think about it, the Cubano is probably one of the simplest sandwiches ever made, yet its simplicity is sparking culinary intrigue across the country —  and everyone is beginning to notice something special about the Cubano.

Having originated in Florida, the Cubano is traditionally made with roasted pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard and lightly toasted on a panini grill. Its adaptations can certainly vary when it comes to specific ingredients, but all share the same no-frills approach to making an unforgettable and deliciously savory, melt-in-your-mouth creation.

This April, Bruxie, the fried chicken and waffle sandwich chain, will also be sharing their own Cubano concept.

Photos by Pete Pham

Behold: the Bruxie Fried Chicken & Waffle Cubano Sandwich.

Made with shaved ham, Bruxie’s house-made honey-mustard, thinly sliced pickles, and of course their crispy, golden brown fried chicken, all served between two savory waffle buns, this is something that might actually be better than Spring Break.

If you’re looking to experience the traditional taste of the Cubano with a twist from Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches, you’d better hurry. Like Spring Break, Bruxie’s Cubano Sandwich won’t be here forever (even though we all wish it would).

The Bruxie Cubano sandwich will be available from April 5 – 25.

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It’s Time To Thank Harlem For Creating Fried Chicken And Waffles

If there’s one dish that could serve as the definition of sweet and savory, fried chicken and waffles could easily be the leading candidate. Still, for some reason, it has been widely assumed that the origin of fried chicken and waffles began in the South, but it’s a recipe seemingly absent from many southern cookbooks.

In fact, even NPR’s The Salt mistakenly assumed the origin behind this harmonious marriage of salty and sweet was based in the South, only to be berated by readers upset by the falsified claims.

To set the record straight, fried chicken and waffles isn’t a product of southern hospitality, but rather a legendary combination that came into existence on the East Coast some 90 years ago.

Fried chicken and waffles first appeared on a menu in the 1930s, in Harlem N.Y., at Well’s Supper Club, a place popularized for serving members of the Rat Pack and other notable musical influencers of the time. However, Well’s shut down in 1982.

Ironically enough, another Harlem native would bring a similar recipe to California in 1975.

Herb Hudson, the founder of Roscoe’s House Of Chicken and Waffles, became the West Coast trendsetter after he brought the addictively delicious recipe to Los Angeles, where it has unquestionably become embedded into popular culture.

Similar to Well’s, Hudson’s connections in Motown and Hollywood helped his rise to culinary fame, as Roscoe’s became a favorite eatery among celebrities and performers and still is to this day.

Roscoe's Chicken

Still, for decades, the exact origin of this soulful dish has proved elusive, and become highly misrepresented as a cuisine with a geographically incorrect lineage. After some initial backlash from readers — specifically, readers from the South claiming they never had chicken and waffles —  NPR was forced to investigate further.

“I grew up in the South. The first time I heard of fried chicken and waffles was during a summer working in LA … definitely an LA thing and not southern thing,” NPR quoted one reader’s comment.

In 2013, John Edge, the director of The Southern Foodways Alliance, spoke to NPR. Edge explained that while fried chicken is a very traditional Southern dish, waffles became used in substitution for bread around the country.

“It’s a dish most popular among expatriate, African-American Southerners,” he told NPR. “A dish most popular among Southerners now living in urban areas, whether that be the urban South or the urban West, in the case of Los Angeles, or the urban North, in the case of New York.”

Throughout the years Roscoe’s has become a household name, due to its appearances in films, music and television. With several locations in Southern California, fried chicken and waffles has become accessible to everyone, not only locally in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, but worldwide.

However, even though the fried chicken and waffles trend was essentially reborn in Los Angeles, it seems the historic origin behind one of Los Angeles’ most well-known edible trends has been lost in translation.

Perhaps it could be theorized that this delicious combination became so popular, that the truth about its origin has become superseded by an assumed portion of false history — just because it’s just so damn good.

Regardless of the future, one thing is set in stone: the crispiness of a succulent, golden brown, fried chicken breast, mixed with the sugary sweetness of syrup, added to a fork full of fluffy waffle dripping with butter is more than just a meal — it has become a cultural icon — in Los Angeles and abroad.

Thank you, Mr. Hudson. When you left Harlem, we’re really glad you chose the Golden State.