Louisiana Fried Chicken and Waffles: Southern-fried pride - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Louisiana Fried Chicken and Waffles: Southern-fried pride

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Which came first, the chicken or the waffle?

To answer that age-old question, we've come to the heart of San Diego's soul, at 2850 National Avenue, where owner Reginald Harper knows the origin of this southern fried delicacy.

"In Louisiana, an 18-wheeler was going down the highway, a snowy highway and ran over a Rhode Island Red. And what did the mess of food look like? Fried chicken and waffles," Reginald said.

And that was the genesis of what has become the staple at Louisiana Fried Chicken and Waffles, an oversized Belgian waffle drenched in butter and slathered in syrup.

"We do a double breading on our chicken. That's what makes the crust crunchy," Reginald said.

At Louisiana Fried Chicken and Waffles, these downhome delicacies are being attacked on all sides.

"Our mac and cheese, our candied yams, also cabbage and mashed potatoes. For those southern eaters, we've got black-eyed peas. That's good luck, especially on New Year's," Reginald said.

Then there's my own personal house favorite -- collard greens filled with large steaming chunks of smoked turkey -- along side another super side, red beans and rice.

And of course, they will be room for dessert.

"Then you have grannies peach cobbler. Some of the best peach cobbler in San Diego," Reginald said.

The diverse noontime crowd is mostly here for the restaurant's signature dish, which comes in various sized combos.

"We've been blessed to still be here, doing what we are doing, but with the crew that I have, they really keep me going and take care of the customers, and that's where it is at," Reginald said.

Louisiana Fried Chicken and Waffles has turned a Cajun road kill into a Logan Heights thrill. Let the cholesterol count begin.

  • Vintage HimmelMore>>

  • Remembering Larry

    Remembering Larry

    We are saddened to report our beloved colleague Larry Himmel,  CBS News 8's legendary reporter, humorist and consummate broadcaster died Wednesday, November 5th following his brave battle with cancer. Larry was 68 years old. 
    We are saddened to report our beloved colleague Larry Himmel,  CBS News 8's legendary reporter, humorist and consummate broadcaster died Wednesday, November 5th following his brave battle with cancer. Larry was 68 years old. 
  • Vintage Himmel: Bedroom Broadcaster

    Vintage Himmel: Bedroom Broadcaster

    CBS News 8 broadcast engineer Scott Rice always knew he wanted to work in the TV business. In fact, 16-years-ago he got Larry's attention. That's when Larry discovered that Scott was running a radio station, out of his bedroom. 

    Watch the video above for this week's Vintage Himmel. 

     

    CBS News 8 broadcast engineer Scott Rice always knew he wanted to work in the TV business. In fact, 16-years-ago he got Larry's attention. That's when Larry discovered that Scott was running a radio station, out of his bedroom. 

    Watch the video above for this week's Vintage Himmel. 

     
  • Vintage Himmel: The Price is Right

    Vintage Himmel: The Price is Right

    Friday, March 4 2016 9:37 PM EST2016-03-05 02:37:25 GMT
    Friday, March 4 2016 9:42 PM EST2016-03-05 02:42:13 GMT

    It was one of the most exciting days of their lives, and they got to relive it with Larry.

     

    It was one of the most exciting days of their lives, and they got to relive it with Larry.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.