Monday, August 9, 2010

Home of Chicken & Waffles | Oakland, CA

In a recent quest to find reputable locations for chicken and waffles in Northern California (specifically the Bay Area), we put out a call to a few of our food friends and followers. Needless to say, no one failed to respond. The choices were seemingly endless and quite promising. Among them was the aptly named Home of Chicken and Waffles.

Located across the street from Jack London Square in Downtown Oakland, Home of Chicken and Waffles opened its doors in 2004 and is very reminiscent of Southern California's more famous Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles.

And why wouldn't it be given that this establishment was once a franchise location of those who brought the signature recipes of Roscoe's from the streets of Harlem in the mid-1970s to the West Coast.

Similarities aside, however, there's just enough of a difference in what they're serving up here that can warm the cockles of one's heart. In other words, there's still a lot about Home of Chicken and Waffles that's uniquely special from its edgy and vibrant 60's appearance to the hand-painted murals that adorn the walls.

Now, in talking to our server, she noted that any one of their combinations of chicken and waffles should not be passed up. The most popular, known as the Homeboy, includes three savory pieces of crispy chicken with your choice of a waffle, potato salad, or french fries. Another popular menu selection is the Princess Jordan, their macaroni and cheese which is prepared using real cheese and milk and served up bubbly hot and gooey. Needless to say, we were sold.

In all, Home of Chicken and Waffles offers a total of forty-one different "family-member" named combinations that are generous in portion and flavor. All are made with fresh ingredients, and many are priced under $10.00, meaning that you can go a long way with the paper in your pocket.

And if you're not too hungry, that's okay too. Many of their side dishes are meals in themselves from candied yams, smothered potatoes, collard greens, and black-eyed peas over rice. Put together two or three of these, and you have a sample of soul food at its best.

So, to our admiring friends and followers, many thanks for turning us on to Home of Chicken and Waffles. Including them among our travel stops really hit the spot!

Home of Chicken & Waffles
444 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607-3706

Out of the Kitchen SF Bay Area restaurants


  1. I have never tried this and I have heard about it over and over again...I feel like I have to try it just once!

    Like for example : there is a burger that they have in CT for the 'BIG E'...which is where all the Northeastern states get together for a fair and they have this odd burger that's called the "CRAZ-E Burger" is a Krispy Kreme Donut (for the bun), cheeseburger, and a few strips of bacon. I tried it. One of those things you just hear about and you have to try...

    Kind of like this :-)

    Thanks for the post!

  2. We used to go here when I was an undergrad at Cal. It was where I was first introduced to this delicious combo. Now I want some. Roscoes is nearby...

  3. My friend lives in California and often visits this cafe. She told me a lot about Home of Chicken and Waffles. Their prices are fixed; it's not cheap, of course, but worthy our regular visiting. P.S. Visit and browse around. What are your ideas?