This Sunday, enjoy your chicken and waffles with a side of beer.
[dropcap]If[/dropcap] you’re a Little Rock native, chances are you’ve heard of the Waffle Wagon as well as Stone’s Throw Brewing by now. Although both are less than five years old, they have created a serious impression on the local food scene.
What you might not know about the two is they make a wonderful combination for lazy Sunday mornings. When else can you enjoy a beer paired with — what else? — chicken and waffles. Continuing with “Brunching in the Rock,” we take a look at the unlikely but delectable combination.
Stone’s Throw often partners with food trucks during the week, although the Waffle Wagon almost exclusively makes their debuts on Sunday for brunch. Matt Clark, the force behind the Wagon, is grateful for the relationship. He says, “From my perspective the partnership between Stone’s Throw and the food trucks is a great symbiotic relationship. The menus stay fresh, and the trucks are able to have a regular spot to peddle their wares.”
On to brunch. What exactly does beer brunch consist of? The Wagon offers something for everyone, but you can’t go wrong with The Classic. The dish — two marinated chicken tenders in hot sauce tossed atop a Belgian waffle swimming in maple syrup — goes well with most any of Stone’s Throw’s brews. The last time I was in, I enjoyed it with the Cover Crop Rye IPA — a flavorful copper beer that gets the job done.
For those who absolutely need an egg with their brunch, try the Tasso Waffle, which is a half Belgian waffle stuffed with Tasso and topped with a fried egg, Siracha, and, of course, maple syrup. If it’s not available, the Wagon usually has a stand-in, such as last weekend’s Green Onion Smoked Sausage Waffle. I like this variety of waffle with the new Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse, a special light German beer. The Berliner is great for those who want to start their Sunday drinking on the slow side.
The Wagon also offers a sweeter option; in the past Reese’s, fresh strawberries, and more have all had their day as delicious toppings. And if Stone’s Throw’s ever-changing beer list seems overwhelming, simply get a flight. You can never go wrong trying a new set of brews.
And, if you need more convincing, take Clark’s word for it: “As far as the combination of chicken and waffles and beer, all I can say is, oh my!”
To try Beer Brunch, follow Waffle Wagon and Stone’s Throw on Twitter (@wafflewagonLR and @StonesThrowBrew) for exact times and Sunday dates, as they’re subject to change.