The restaurant is located in the International Village of Hamilton on King Street East. The interior is nicely lit but it feels a bit cold and dark with bland décor and grey walls. It’s casual and spacious but only seats about 25-30. There is a lot to choose from on the menu! Savoury waffles, sweet waffles, sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken platters and sides. Yum, fried chicken.
I noticed the restaurant about a year and a half ago (maybe more) while they were still renovating. I was walking with a few of my friends to J.H. Gordon Books and along the way, 2 guys in front of the restaurant successfully grabbed my attention when they said, “something, something, something, do you guys like chicken and waffles?”. As someone who has never eaten these 2 glorious foods together, I instantly got excited and listened to these strangers say few things about the restaurant. Unfortunately, my friends just kept walking and left me behind while I drooled over the words “chicken and waffles”. They rarely venture to downtown Hamilton and I could tell they were uneasy. It also happened sometime during the evening, so I guess they were extra uncomfortable lol. Every time I suggested eating at Staxx or even mentioning chicken and waffles, someone would bring up how “sketchy” the 2 dudes were. I must change their perspective and introduce them to Hamilton’s fantastic community!
I couldn’t wait any longer, so I decided to order take out for myself. I ordered plain Jane, chicken and waffles with maple syrup. My meal came out surprisingly fast. It came with a box of waffles, maple syrup, hot sauce, coleslaw and 3 pieces of fried chicken in another box. The chicken consisted of a wing, a drumstick and a breast. The flavour, batter and crunch of the chicken were superb! But the best part was the combination of everything in my mouth: fluffy waffle, crunchy chicken, sweet maple syrup and a delicious kick from the hot sauce. I think the hot sauce brought everything together.
The service was ok, they had one staff member in the dining room. The atmosphere is like a diner where you can kick back, watch sports and munch on tasty, filling food. I’m not familiar with a lot of chicken and waffle places in Hamilton but I’d love to find more! If you know any, leave me a comment!!