Dame's Chicken & Waffles

Fried Chicken Joint and Breakfast Spot$$$$
City Center, Durham
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  • Kathy B.
    "The sweet potato waffles to die for,a must have!!! Great service."(13 Tips)
    Sara A.
    "gingerbread waffle + choco hazlenut schmear is perfection!"(5 Tips)
    Andrew I.
    "Chicken & waffles are great, grits are excellent!"(9 Tips)
    Joyceline M.
    "They have amazing collard greens and they're spicy which I love"(8 Tips)
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  • Marcie T.
    Marcie TranSeptember 16
    I was skeptical, but this place is worth the hype, plus more. I had the Orange Speckled Chabo and it was a divine savory-sweet-tangy combo. And the mac n cheese is so flavorful!
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GraysonSeptember 13
    Umm... what's good here? The chicken, and the waffles. Though, if you want to get more specific, the sweet potato waffle was really nice.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Amy M.
    Amy McKeeSeptember 6
    Tastes like they use pancake batter. Waffles are soft and cakey in the middle. Don't waste my time with soft "waffles" .
  • Zoe
    ZoeAugust 21
    Vegan waffles are the best on the menu
  • Brian S.
    Brian SewellApril 28
    Been here 10+ times
    A Durham staple. Get there on off hours otherwise you'll be waiting in line for a bit. All the schmears are great. Chicken cutlet + waffle is the best!
  • Niq H.
    Niq HutchinsonJanuary 29
    The Buff Brahmas with the Whiskey Créme Sauce is to DIE for I get it every time I go
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ClarkOctober 28, 2016
    Delicious!
  • Joel B.
    Joel BradshawOctober 17, 2016
    The blueberry schmear is A+!
  • T R.
    T ROctober 14, 2016
    Sweet potato waffle, chicken cutlet, mac-n-cheese and collard greens! 😍
  • Sal P.
    Sal PalombizioSeptember 24, 2016
    Recommended by Bill Burr on the MMP.
  • Kathy B.
    Kathy ByrdSeptember 2, 2016
    The sweet potato waffles to die for,a must have!!! Great service.
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LancasterJuly 9, 2016
    Chicken, waffles, collards, smears, breakfast.
  • Sarit W.
    Sarit WishnevskiJune 11, 2016
    Avoid the wait and sit at the bar, mix and match (sweet and spicy ftw) and don't skip the coffee!
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CookMay 5, 2016
    It was a cool experience. I went on a Sunday morning. Get there early or you will be waiting. I ordered the vegan waffle. It was delicious.
  • Derek C.
    Derek ColbertApril 18, 2016
    Best food ever if I could take some with me I would
  • Deborah N.
    Deborah NuttMarch 4, 2016
    Chicken and waffles were excellent! They have different options.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BatchelorFebruary 28, 2016
    Orange speckled chabo is so good! The flavors work so well together, their chicken is amazing! All sides were great! Get their early or make reservation!
  • Moejito
    MoejitoJanuary 6, 2016
    Awesome food
  • Beth M.
    Beth MancusoDecember 30, 2015
    Food is yummy, but you have to get a reservation. I guess it's always crowded for a reason.
  • Eunice K.
    Eunice KimDecember 2, 2015
    Everything is amazing. Definitely order the Mac and cheese as a side
  • Jamilah T.
    Jamilah TaylorOctober 29, 2015
    Everything!
  • Joel B.
    Joel BradshawOctober 11, 2015
    The mac and cheese is indeed great, but the potato salad is delicious as well. Creamy, a little tangy, just what it should be.
  • Chelsey W.
    Chelsey WhittakerOctober 8, 2015
    The chicken and waffles... duh! But for real - sweet potato waffle is to die for. And the mac n cheese!
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TOctober 2, 2015
    Why did I wait so long to finally come here? Absolutely scrumptious chicken and waffles, with many topping choices! Only cons: mac-n-cheese was meh, and you will definitely wait to sit and to eat.
  • Jamal W.
    Jamal WalkerSeptember 4, 2015
    I've tried everything here love everything.
  • Andrea P.
    Andrea ParkerAugust 4, 2015
    They looking good and they are tasting great.
  • Andrew I.
    Andrew IvesterJuly 16, 2015
    Chicken is outstanding! The only side you need to know about is the grits!
  • Andrew I.
    Andrew IvesterJune 23, 2015
    Chicken & waffles are great, grits are excellent!
  • Karyn B.
    Karyn BragmanJune 22, 2015
    Quilted buttercup is my favorite!
  • T M.
    T MMay 28, 2015
    Waffles!!!!!
  • T M.
    T MMay 28, 2015
    The daily deal can't be beat. Chicken of your choice, waffle and smear of your choice and all under $10. Did I mention it tastes amazing?
  • Karen
    KarenMay 22, 2015
    Horribly rude host! He needs to learn to leave his attitude at home or get out of the customer service business.
  • Christine R.
    All the waffles! And the mimosas!
  • Karena R.
    Karena RosarioMay 12, 2015
    Light Brown Leghorns (Four chicken legs, a Classic waffle drizzled w/ Caramel & Cashews, Chocolate Hazelnut Shmear)
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GrosecloseJanuary 25, 2015
    Best Chicken & Waffles anywhere. Don't pass on shmears & step outside your comfort zone; try a few bites w/ shmear, hotsauce AND syrup! The sweet, spicy, savory goodness is quite the flavor explosion!
  • L Troy A.
    L Troy AdamsDecember 22, 2014
    How can you make perfection taste better? Ask Dame's they know how to do it...So So So Good...I don't know if Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles could be better then this...I doubt it seriously....
  • Alan Y.
    Alan YouOctober 23, 2014
    Online reservations are available if you are having trouble finding a table during busy hours.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SneadSeptember 12, 2014
    The Carolina Cockeral.........NUFF SAID! 🍗🍳🍚
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MooseSeptember 12, 2014
    Orange speckled chicken with sweet potato waffle, yes!
  • Joyceline M.
    Joyceline MwangiSeptember 7, 2014
    They have amazing collard greens and they're spicy which I love
  • James P.
    James PriceAugust 14, 2014
    Everything
  • Aditya B.
    Aditya BasuAugust 14, 2014
    The drumsticks are huge! I had trouble finishing two. Think before you order the options with four of them on the plate.
  • Tricia T.
    Tricia TanguyAugust 8, 2014
    Gingerbread waffle is out of control good!! And the collard greens and Mac & cheese are delish. Probably my favorite chicken & waffles anywhere. (They top roscoes and Gladys knight's!)
  • Shacora D.
    Shacora DudleyJuly 29, 2014
    Best Mac n cheese.
  • Omari H.
    Omari HesterJuly 26, 2014
    The wait is ridiculous! Never again will I wait this long
  • Tracie A.
    Tracie ArringtonJune 1, 2014
    Everything is delicious. ..
  • Lauren U.
    Lauren U.May 31, 2014
    Come here if you want to know what it feels like to have your soul fed.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BurkeMay 16, 2014
    Get there before noon when it gets pretty crowded. The quilted buttercup is major and the gingerbread waffle is delicious! You can get a tasting of the sides before you choose. They are all good!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WoodsApril 20, 2014
    Make reservations! Be brave and have the collards! Pop your leftover waffle I the toaster not the microwave! Friendly staff!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WoodsApril 6, 2014
    You're gonna have to wait this place stays packed.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke C.March 31, 2014
    The restaurant and tables are rather small but the waffles make up for it. Just a tip if you have food allergy to cinnamon don't try the waffles, it's in all their batter.
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HarrisFebruary 24, 2014
    good price range $4--$15
  • Nate L.
    Nate LyonsNovember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is Always Great but the seating is limited
  • Donnie
    DonnieOctober 12, 2013
    The chicken was very good but the waffle was lacking. I will be going soon for some more of that chicken.
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HemingwayOctober 7, 2013
    The speckled orange is the BOMB
  • PHILIHP B.
    PHILIHP BUSBYOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's always a long wait, but don't let the wait scare you off, because sweet poultry jesus it's worth it.
  • Graham S.
    Graham StrotherSeptember 16, 2013
    Bangin' grits! Easily top 3 I've ever had.
  • Graham S.
    Graham StrotherSeptember 16, 2013
    Food is great, staff and space not so much.
  • Graham S.
    Graham StrotherSeptember 16, 2013
    Skip the cutlet, get something with bones for a better, moist chicken experience.
  • Nate C.
    Nate CSeptember 8, 2013
    Seriously, you guys need adjust your hours or expand.
  • Sheri F.
    Sheri FisherSeptember 8, 2013
    Try this: Order To Go 2 minutes before closing!!! Ka-CHINGGGG
  • Kelli R.
    Kelli RossSeptember 1, 2013
    Amazingggggggg!!!!!!!
  • Vinny V.
    Vinny Vodka-TonicAugust 31, 2013
    Sweet potato waffle is the way to go. This place is great. Will always stop here when near Durham.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HardwickAugust 15, 2013
    Sweet potato waffles so good! :-)
  • Whitney M.
    Whitney MohrJuly 17, 2013
    The food was great but the hostess was very rude!
  • Morris B.
    Morris BeardJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Better than Roscoe's!
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AverillJuly 6, 2013
    Waited and waited and waited and waited and waited and...
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KuhnsJune 23, 2013
    Food was great. Service was friendly, but slow. Glad they now take reservations.
  • Antoine K.
    Antoine KinchJune 16, 2013
    Try the Chicken and Waffles
  • Jared T.
    Jared ThurstonJune 1, 2013
    Though the food was pretty good, I'm not sure if it made up for the unfriendly staff and lackluster service.
  • Hobart Z.
    Hobart ZhuMay 14, 2013
    Hostess is kinda the worst person
  • Urina A.
    Urina AdamsMay 2, 2013
    Good food will go back. ;-)
  • Teara N.
    Teara NgenApril 24, 2013
    Dissatisfied. How can the waffle machine be broken? 
  • Rob N.
    Rob NussbaumApril 5, 2013
    Ummmmm!!!!
  • R. J.
    R. J.March 9, 2013
    Food was awesome! Service was less than to be desired. Coffee didn't come till I was halfway through my meal. Dirty plates remained on the table up until the check was paid.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WalkesFebruary 23, 2013
    Get the Sweet Potato Waffle period.....
  • Sara A.
    Sara AkhavanJanuary 26, 2013
    gingerbread waffle + choco hazlenut schmear is perfection!
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticJanuary 25, 2013
    Try the Orange Speckled Chabo - A chicken cutlet, sweet potato waffle, drizzled with honey-Dijon and a orange-honeycomb schmear.
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticJanuary 25, 2013
    Try the Mac and Cheese
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticJanuary 25, 2013
    Try the Mimosa
  • Montinique W.
    Montinique WilsonJanuary 13, 2013
    The chicken was hard and the mac and cheese is weird. They use a lot of herbs. Definitely not traditional mac and cheese. The waffle was really good and well as the different flavored spreads.
  • Eddie B.
    Eddie BurkettDecember 30, 2012
    Frickin' delish! Wait time for food was fairly long, but well worth it! Our waiter was great...very apologetic about the wait and took 25% off the bill without having to ask. Will def be going back.
  • D T.
    D TDecember 24, 2012
    call ahead or be surprised!
  • Reggie W.
    Reggie WilliamsDecember 15, 2012
    Good food. Make sure you get the cutlets thought. Saves hassle of bones
  • Tia S.
    Tia SquiresDecember 15, 2012
    Its great food but as I was waiting a waiter went to the bathroom with her apron on
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NapierDecember 2, 2012
    Life changing. The food is amazing.
  • Marion
    MarionOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Add about 20-25 min to their projected wait time. Also, get the classy hen with a side of mac & cheese. Well worth the wait.
  • A F.
    A FaisonJuly 21, 2012
    Call ahead for large parties... Food is great but very small dining area!!
  • Aly H.
    Aly H.July 16, 2012
    Prepare to wait, but absolutely worth it - one of the best places to eat in Durham!
  • Courtland G.
    Courtland GinglesJune 28, 2012
    Try the Sweet Potato Waffle with the pecans and the Mac. & cheese.
  • Joi S.
    Joi StepneyMay 29, 2012
    Make online reservation and skip the line! No reservations only walk-in's on Mondays. Weekends are super busy so get there early like 15 mins before opening to reduce wait time
  • Shekinah S.
    Shekinah SmithMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Collards are sooooo good! Plus their chicken is fried to perfection
  • Janelle S.
    Janelle SimmonsMay 4, 2012
    The wait was absolutely ridiculous! NOT pleased.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor McFarlandApril 22, 2012
    Walk back by the restrooms, there are usually 4-5 seats. Good for long wait times!
  • fanchypants
    fanchypantsJanuary 22, 2012
    The sweet potato waffles are incredible. Chicken is delicious, thinly breaded, and not too greasy. The collards were very acidic.
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaJanuary 6, 2012
    Try the Egg And Grits
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaDecember 28, 2011
    Try the Chicken and Waffles - So good
  • Sharon H.
    Sharon HDecember 17, 2011
    Wow- terrible slow service. Dude at bar waited 10 min to greet me, another 10 to get water ( thank god coffee was self serve), food came fast (of course it was out of his control) . 15 for bill. Bye
  • Wes N.
    Wes NorrisDecember 11, 2011
    Made us wait outside when it was freezing and there was space inside, no reason for it either.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LauDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    LOVE the Japanese breaded chicken. Very mix-and-match - you can pretty much get any combination you want. The spreads are delicious.
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