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Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

Dames Chicken & Waffles Durham - The Carolina Cockerel
The Carolina Cockerel

Where should I go for my first restaurant review for the Raleigh Citizen?  The first place I thought of is actually a spot in downtown Durham called Dame’s Chicken & Waffles.  Not Raleigh, I know, but Durham has attracted a number of interesting eateries in recent years, and this one stands out as a traditional southern alternative to the trend of tapas bars and experimental gastropubs.

If you love southern fried chicken (and boy do I love fried chicken) and if you love waffles (delicious, soft, fluffy waffles), then this is a must-go in the Triangle.  Since it opened about 2 years ago, Dame’s has been serving up five different flavors of waffles (including a vegan option, although practically nothing else on the menu is vegan-friendly).  Each waffle comes topped with wings, cutlets, or legs and one of several “shmears” – whipped butters in fun flavors like orange honeycomb and peach & apricot creme.  No chicken & waffle meal is complete without a side, and I highly recommend the porky and vinegary Hot N Spicy Greens and the Triple Mac N Cheese.  The grits on a neighboring table also looked good.

My only complaint is the wait, which was 45 minutes after the boyfriend and I showed up at 6pm on a Saturday.  There is some seating in the back for those waiting for a table, but the place was so crowded that the hostess told us to wait outside – yikes!

As Durham continues to grow and new restaurants pop up, Dame’s still provides affordable, old fashioned soul food that is unmatched in Durham.

What to wear:

  • Dress code is casual, and I’d go with sweatpants.  Seriously.  The portions are humungous.

What to get:

  • The Carolina Cockerel – Comes with 3 large chicken wings, a blueberry waffle, and peach & apricot shmear (see pic)!
  • The greens and the mac and cheese.  You won’t regret it.  🙂

What to know before you go:

  • Entrees are under $20.
  • Be prepared for long waits!
  • Bring the kids – atmosphere is fun!  Tables come with crayons and white paper “tablecloths,” giving kids (and adults like me) a chance to find our inner artist before supper time.

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles – Durham

317 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701-3215
(919) 682-9235

Hours of Operation

Monday 11 am – 4 pm
Tuesday-Thursday 11am – 9 pm
Friday 11am – 10 pm
Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

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  1. Word to the wise: All the chicken is good here, but the wings are probably a little better than the cutlet if you’re having a hard time deciding what to get.

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