100 Favorite Dishes, No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's

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Sorry, Erdeljac, it's just that good.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Every chef has one. Some chefs have entire menus full of them -- that dish that they're just not in love with making anymore but that their customers have fallen completely in love with. Try and take it off the menu and pitchforks ensue, or worse, they end up with an empty dining room.

Jonathon Erdeljac's albatross is the chicken and waffles you see pictured above. It's not that he hates making the dish, but you san see him plating up number 732,426 with a deep and heavy sigh. "I left the easy life at Breadwinners to make chicken and waffles till I die," you can hear him saying.

I personally feel no remorse. We all make the bed we lie in, that's how the world works. The chicken and waffles served at Jonathon's are a thing of wonder, with crispy chicken, a soft absorbent waffle and thick, savory gravy that could make the Sunday Times taste delicious. Put a thing like that out into the world and you become responsible for it.

See you for your millionth plate, chef.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa
No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard

Location Info

Jonathon's Oak Cliff

1111 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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2 comments
MeanGreen
MeanGreen

Had them once, maybe I'll have to give them another shot because I wasn't that impressed - waffle was pretty soggy. Great gravy though.

julie.clemens
julie.clemens

@MeanGreen  I'm not that crazy about the waffle, either, so I just order chicken and gravy, no waffle. They are always happy to accommodate, and yes, the gravy is out of this world!

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