Our top five spins on the classic Southern dish:
The more savory than sugary Angry Bird, a hefty fried breast sandwiched by waffles and ladled with creamy sausage gravy, at Clarendon’s Green Pig Bistro (1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington; 703-888-1920).
Airy, tempura-like nuggets served with taiyaki—a fish-shaped red-bean cake—plus wasabi butter and maple syrup at Daikaya (705 Sixth St., NW; 202-589-1600).
Sweet and spicy Sriracha-glazed chicken atop a fat, fluffy waffle at Café Rue (11120 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville; 301-937-8800).
Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna
The spit-roasted bird drizzled with honey, sprinkled with quinoa and wild rice, and paired with a waffle at Kapnos (2201 14th St., NW; 202-234-5000) and Kapnos Taverna (4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-243-4400).
The Belgian waffle and beautifully fried thigh meat set off with pecans and maple-chicken jus at the beer-centric restaurant Birch & Barley (1337 14th St., NW; 202-567-2576).