Chicken & Waffle Warfare: Lo-Lo's vs. Louisiana Fried Chicken

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For many, chicken and waffles is the quintessential comfort food. A plate of crispy fried chicken served on top of fluffy waffles with sweet maple syrup is like a favorite pair of pajamas on a rainy day or during the worst hangover. Speaking of hangovers -- if you have one, this is the meal you need to be eating

Phoenix has been blessed with some of the best at Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles, but we've been hearing rumors that a tiny chain chicken joint in South Phoenix called Louisiana Fried Chicken is cooking up a mean plate of our favorite comfort food.

Can its Louisiana spiced chicken take down long-standing champ Lo-Lo's Phoenix fried fowl?

May the best chicken (and waffles) win!

In This Corner: Lolo's Chicken & Waffles

The Set Up: With two locations in the Valley, this soul food staple has been Phoenix's go-to spot for chicken and waffle's for close to a decade. The original Phoenix location is a small hole-in-the-wall south of Downtown with mismatched tables and chairs and sometimes a long wait in the heat. The newer Scottsdale location is big and shiny with big windows and sparkly matching red and chrome tables and chairs.

The Good: Our Lo-Lo's plate came out hot and fresh with three giant pieces of chicken cooked "southern style" with crispy seasoned skin on the outside and juicy meat on the inside. The two thin waffles were golden brown just as promised and had the unforgettable kiss of cinnamon that pairs perfectly with the meaty chicken. We slathered it all with a generous helping of warm maple syrup and polished off the whole plate.

The Bad: We don't have a complaint about the food -- it was hot, fresh, and delicious -- but the service was a different story. A couple of the items we ordered were forgotten, drinks were never refilled, and a couple members of the staff seemed annoyed we'd come to dine. While most of the staff was super friendly, one bad apple can ruin the bunch, and we don't care how good your chicken is, if you make us feel unwelcome, we'll looking elsewhere for our chicken and waffle fix.

Location Info

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles

2765 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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This article must have really put a pin in Lo Lo's balloon!  I went by on Saturday and there was like 10 people there at 11:15 a.m.  It's usually swamped at that time of the day on Saturdays.   Also, they had a person there who appeared to be a real honest to gosh restaurant manager who was critiquing the employees on all manner of behaviors.  I have to agree that sometimes, when they're really busy especially, the staff does tend to be a little brusque.  However, I understand this attitude is getting an adjustment - Big Time!  What a time to have this article come out, just before they open their new digs on Central Ave.  bummer.

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