Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Little Skillet - San Francisco, CA

View of the California Academy of Sciences Museum from the Observation Tower at the DeYoung Museum.

Malia came to visit a couple of weeks ago (it feels like it was just yesterday!) and on her second day here we visit the DeYoung Museum to see the "Birth of Impressionism" exhibit on loan from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. After our museum visit we planned to eat lunch at Little Skillet, a chicken and waffles join in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco.

Outside of Little Skillet

Malia and I had never eaten chicken and waffles before our trip to Little Skillet, but I love waffles and I love fried chicken, so why wouldn't I love them together? I had always wondered about the origin of chicken and waffles. One account ties Thomas Jefferson to the origin, stating that he brought a waffle iron back from France. Shortly thereafter waffles and chicken showed up together in American cookbooks. This popular pairing has strong roots in African American culture. Wells Restaurant, which opened in Harlem in 1938, is regarded as the home of chicken and waffles.

Chicken and waffles, plus biscuit.

We left the Museum at 12:45pm knowing that we had to travel 5 miles to Little Skillet before it closed at 2:30pm. With a little less than a mile to go I looked at my cell phone and saw it was 2:05pm. There was no way I was not eating chicken and waffles that day, so Malia and I took off running!

We made it on time and ordered up a waffle and two pieces to share. They also offer other items, such as bbq pork sandwiches and po' boys, but they're known chicken and waffles. The shop itself is run out of a small space. You order at the counter and take your food to go. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside and enjoyed the sun.

Malia loves these waffles!

The waffles were crisp on the outside and nice and fluffy on the inside. The real star of the show is the fried chicken! The skin was crunchy and super flavorful, with flecks of herbs, salt and pepper. How could you possible make waffles and chicken better you ask? Add a biscuit! The biscuit was flaky and buttery. It was the perfect meal after 5 miles of walking/running.

Worth the 5-mile walk!

Don't let this unique combination scare you - chicken and waffles make a great meal any time of day.


Raisin Canes said...

Nom nom nom! Which was more delicious: this or ad hoc?

Gastronomer said...

I LOVE chicken and waffles! I'm glad that you and your sis finally tried it. Salty and sweet go hand in hand.

Malia said...

This was so worth the 5 mile run! Haha. Love the new blog look. :) Ad Hoc was a tad better, although the waffles weren't as good there.

Ariel said...

@ AJ and Malia - I would have to agree Ad Hoc wins for better chicken for moistness, although I loved the crunchy skin at Little Skillet. The waffles were better at LS too!

@ Gastronomer - Can you believe I had chicken and waffles twice in a week after having never had it? I love the combination.

Anna said...

I heart chix+waff. Also, so does snoop dogg.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I've always wanted to try chicken and waffles!!

The Food Librarian said...

Yummmmmy! This looks great!