There’s a new fast, casual breakfast, brunch, lunch and late night restaurant in Austin, Texas serving Southern comfort food. This comfortable, inviting, whimsical Austin restaurant encourages conversation and interaction with a special “je ne sais quoi”.
A Fun, New Restaurant in Austin: Wild Chix & Waffles
Wild Chix & Waffles, which opened October 9th, is in North Austin in the Northcross Mall shopping center. This Austin locally owned and operated restaurant serves Southern comfort food from scratch savory and sweet waffles, including their signature all natural chicken and waffles, to waffle burgers and bacon, egg and cheese waffles. In addition, they offer a small selection of curated beer and wine, and premium coffee and tea.
What Sets Wild Chix Apart from Other Austin Restaurants
There are several things that set this restaurant apart from the many other restaurants here in Austin. As soon as you walk in, you know you are not in any ordinary fast, casual restaurant. One look at the playful décor, swing chairs, and hidden passageways, suggests this could be your new hangout spot.
Wendy Wu, the co-founder, carefully curated all of the fun elements of Wild Chix such as waffle names like “Strip Cheese” and “Plain Jane Dough” to the inviting and welcoming setup that encourages conversation and social interaction. There are board games, community tables, and various little pockets of comfortable places to sit, unwind, and engage. This is not the place to bring your computer, shut out the outside world, and work. There are other spots around town for that.
Our Visit to Wild Chix & Waffles Restaurant in North Austin
My family and I were invited to come sample the menu and hang out at Wild Chix & Waffles. We stopped by after one of my son’s baseball games. The place was hopping! Even so, we were able to order our food pretty quickly. You have the option of ordering at the counter or with the provided iPad.
While we waited for our food we played Uno, and Connect Four. The kids enjoyed testing out swing chairs. Then, a couple joined us at the end of our table and we had a nice conversation with them.
Shortly after that, the food arrived. Not only did it look beautiful, it tasted great too! Typically, I’m not a big fried food eater, but this fried chicken was amazing! All of us loved the unique, fresh, flavor and crispy texture. The kids loved their traditional sweet waffles and the adults all devoured their sandwiches – Basic Brunch and Waffle Burger. To drink, I got the Viva Matcha Late, that arrived with a foam bear on top. The kids were very impressed by that. At the end of the meal, my dad sampled Wendy’s newest creation, Matcha beer.
A Late Night Restaurant in Austin
Another thing that sets this restaurant apart is that it’s a late night restaurant in Austin. These are hard to come by. Often, for date nights, my husband and I have a hard time finding restaurants open late in Austin. This would be a great place for Austin late night food or just to hang out and get dessert after dinner or a movie.
Wild Chix & Waffles is open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 3 AM Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Although, if you prefer to go in the morning, the restaurant opens at 7 am.
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