Peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and waffles — these are legacy dishes that will live long in our world.
I went out to see what the difference is between $8 and $26 chicken and waffles and I started out at The Pecking Order on Sanibel Island. This spot specializes in fried chicken and the fixing so I thought it would be the perfect place to start this comparison.
The chicken was fried right to still remain succulent yet crispy. This combination goes well together, like spaghetti and meatballs, but it’s chicken and waffles. The waffle was the big stand out here and I am not usually a fan of the thickness of a Belgian waffle. The chili-maple syrup drives this dish home with an ample amount of sweet and spice to round out the richness of it all.
For shy of eight bucks the total comes to $7.75.
Moving on to 7th Avenue Social, this is a hip joint in the heart of downtown Naples. There is a knife sticking out of this dish, so you know it’s going to be good. Their chicken tears apart — as thighs sometimes do. There is a nice crust to the chicken with the waffles being light and airy. This helps soak up all the good bits I.E. the chicken drippings and maple syrup. The seasoning in the batter that the chicken is tossed it, out of this freaking world. The gourmet touched such as the chopped sage on top and the corn waffles let me completely speechless. (FB LINK:https://www.facebook.com/SanibelChicken/)
The pecking order on Sanibel makes fried chicken, and good fried chicken at that. I would pay an exuberant amount of money to eat that waffle again. For $7.75 this is a killer deal but remember you have to pay the $6 toll for Sanibel. That puts the grand total at $13.75. In contrast, 7th Avenue Social brings it with the gourmet aspect, yet it is a high price point at $26 (half price for happy hour).
If I have to pick a winner it is 7th Avenue. I am boujee as hell, so these chicken and waffles appeal to me and the part size is enough to induce comatose — I went into a long hibernating before writing this article.