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The history of the beginnings of Chicken and Waffles is a perplexing one.  No one is really sure of its origins.  One of the original theories claims that Thomas Jefferson brought a waffle machine to the US from France in the 1790’s, thus beginning a waffle craze (even though the Pilgrims brought it to the New World back in the early 1600’s, we guess Tommy really sparked the interest).

Soon after, being embraced by the African American community, Chicken and Waffles began appearing in cookbooks (although, curiously, it did not appear in the first cookbook written around 1880 by a Black former slave called What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking by Abby Fisher).  The Pennsylvania Dutch (the first Germans to have settled in the US) have been pairing chicken with waffles probably before Thomas Jefferson was a twinkle in his mother’s uterus.

 Instead of frying their chicken pieces, the PA Dutch version uses shredded pieces of boiled or roasted chicken on top of waffles and top it with lots of creamy gravy instead of hot sauce and syrup.  You may think this either looks like sick on a waffle or, possibly, chicken pot pie over a waffle. The final and most common origin is that Chicken and Waffles began in the 1930’s during the Harlem Jazz hayday, specifically at a place no longer in existence called Wells Supper Club.

When the Jazz musicians walked into Wells after a long night of playing, they wanted a combo of dinner and breakfast (dickfast?  dinfast?) and the staff created the crispy, crunchy, salty, sweet combo we love today. (

Today’s Restaurant

Butter and Zeus – Santa Clara, Ca

Average Cost

Under $10

Rating (1-10)


They can get a 10 if they add flavor to the waffle, like cinnamon or something. Or have a special type of butter, maybe a honey butter or something.

Recommended Dishes: 

Definitely Chicken and Waffles but there are so many to choose from!

Breakfast in one of my favorite meals of the day, especially on the weekend..

Breakfast can be eaten in the morning..

For brunch..

In the afternoon..

For dinner…

I’ll even eat it on the road…

Bacon..Sausage.. Pancakes…

and the new craze happening all over the United States.. 

Chicken and Waffles!!!

Let’s talk about it…

Chicken and waffles is a craze happening all over the United States right now and especially here in California.

When you hear about chicken and waffles out in California; you usually hear about Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

That is in Southern California and I plan to stop by there soon so stay tuned for that in the future.

However, today we are talking about Chicken and Waffles in my neck of the woods in the heart of the silicon valley.

Let’s talk Butter and Zeus!

Like many startups in the Bay Area, Butter and Zeus has a great idea for the new craze of chicken and waffles but they took it a step farther.

Not only do they have a chicken and waffle dish on the menu but all kinds of different meat dishes to combine with the waffles.

Barbacoa, Pastrami, BLT, Salmon and many more combinations with waffles.

Today, I am having a craving for chicken and waffles for lunch so time to dive in..

I arrive and make my order immediately when I walk in the door. They bring me my plate and the chicken is steaming in a sandwich setting lying in front of me.

I made sure to add some hot sauce to the chicken and drizzle over the syrup on this sinful looking masterpiece and now time to engulf this thing.

I use the fork to slice down this mountain of goodness, with my taste buds continue gushing saliva in my mouth with anticipation of the first bite.

Crunch!! Yum! Boom..Pow..Bang!

The first burst of flavor is from the crunchy voluptuous tender chicken. It has all kinds of flavor coming out of it!

It is a buttermilk seasoned boneless, skinless fried chicken breast with honey.

The sweetness from the syrup and honey combined with the waffle textures and spiciness from the hot sauce make every bite a heavenly trip of uttermost goodness! True live action eating! Good job Butter and Zeus!

If you have never tried Chicken and Waffles I suggest you do fast! I promise you that you will not be disappointed!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


Amy Seponara (Oct 19th, 2009) What do Thomas Jefferson, Harlem Jazz Musicians and the PA Dutch Have in Common? Chicken and Waffles, Baby! Retrieved from

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