Though it doesn’t currently have a website, a Facebook page, or any other social media presence that I could find, Kim’s Chicken and Waffles (1203 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy., Shreveport) appears to have had no problem getting the word out since opening in Shreveport on Nov. 24. I stopped in on their fifth day of business to find the place packed for lunch. Most folks in line were there for the restaurant’s namesake menu item: chicken and waffles.
If such a thing as a chicken and waffles expert exists, I’m not one of them. But I’ll admit that I’ve often been disappointed by local versions of this popular dish, which have offered wimpy, limp waffles and white meat chicken. Kim’s doesn’t make either of those mistakes; their waffles are substantial, sweet and crisp-edged, and their chicken options are entire wings or tenders. Five wings on a waffle will set you back $11.99, but three wings would be enough to satisfy most lunch appetites. Don’t expect anything fancy; all orders are served in to-go containers with to-go style butter and syrup.
My first experience with Kim’s was a mixed bag. The waffle looked delicious, and it was delicious, but I found myself wondering – stick with me, here – if it could exactly be considered a waffle. If you closed your eyes while eating it, you might think you were eating a freshly deep-fried cake donut, not the breakfast-style waffle that you may be expecting. And I’d imagine that this is intentional, that this is exactly the kind of waffle that Kim’s means to be serving. It was just new to me, and will take some getting used to.
I ordered Nashville hot-style chicken wings with my waffle, but couldn’t really detect any seasoning when my order was served. I bumped into Jada Durden, of the food and travel blog Loving This Life Jada, at the restaurant. She recommended the seasoned wings for my next visit. And I do plan to go back and try them once the initial rush of diners dies down a bit.
The menu also includes fried fish, salads, and a couple of dessert options – including deep-fried Twinkies.
Kim’s Chicken and Waffles is open, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays, 12-6 p.m. The phone number is (318) 670-8699.
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