April 23, 2009
Wally Waffle has been an Akron institution for as long as I can remember, but for some reason, I have only started to frequent it in the past few years. The menu focuses on breakfast items, and I guess from the name of the establishment, it’s the waffles that are its specialty, but they also serve everything from gigantic omelets to club sandwiches, and dessert classics like waffles with 5 scoops of ice cream on top.
The only downside to the joint is that it has very odd hours and it’s hard to go there when you have a craving because it’ll be closed. You have to time it so you’re either unemployed or skip work, or are fortunate to work in the area so you can go over there
and get your bfast on.
This was my first time having chicken and waffles so I honestly have nothing to compare it to, but I went with a very knowledgeable friend. Also, I’ve had fried chicken and waffles separately, so it wasn’t hard to tell that this was A-MAZING!
As the sign says, 3 pieces of fried chicken (breast, thigh, and drumstick) are served on top of a standard 4-triangles-making-up-a-dinner-plate-sized waffle. Sizzurp comes in a bottle to use as you wish.
Okay, let me tell you, consuming this chicken was like dying — my life flashed before my eyes: me being born, me losing my first tooth, me getting an awful perm, me taking ballet in college, me parallel parking outside of Wally Waffle’s… Each chicken piece was covered in an extremely thick batter coating which was extremely crispy. It was so crispy that whether you bit into it or cut it with a knife, your incision was clean — no rubbery bits and no tearing off more than you could chew at once. It wasn’t so crispy that it broke off in your hands, it was juuuuuusssst rrrrriiiigggghhhht.
Inside, the meat was well-cooked, tender, and moist. It was a pity there wasn’t more, but seriously, I could eat that crispy coating and chicken skin all day for the rest of my life. Adding sickeningly sweet syrup contrasts with the savory salty taste of the chicken, which is what was awesome. Flavor explosion!
The waffle on the bottom was a nice contrast. Slightly sweet compared to the chicken, but added that soft texture that went well with the extreme crispiness of the chicken. A buttery pillow which soaks in the syrup and fat from the chicken (and possibly the optional butter ball that comes on the plate), it was going straight to my thighs but do you know what? I WANTED MORE.
Speculation was raised as to how the chicken was prepared. Lard? Crisco? Double fried? Chicken that was fried while frozen? Various combinations of these? There was definitely something very MAGICAL or WRONG done to these chicken parts to make them taste like this.
After this feast, I went on to my friend’s house to eat pound cake with strawberries and neopolitan ice cream. Yes, this was all before 2:30PM, and yes, I had eaten breakfast, and yes, I did go on to eat dinner. And no, I am not in a food or diabetic coma right now.
Wally Waffle (Downtown)
338 Locust Street
Wally Waffle (Tallmadge)
750 Darrow Road
Akron, Ohio 330-633-7400
Wally Waffle (Barberton)
*More Wally Waffle pics by Thomas D’Invilliers here.