A little while ago NPR did a story on the dangers Southern Food called Fried Chicken and Sweet Tea: Recipe for a Stroke. They featured a picture of chicken and waffles, and like the good southerners we are, all hell broke loose at the accusation. Not the claim that we live in “the stroke belt” or that most of our southern dishes can be categorized as “stroke-inducing”… but on calling Chicken and Waffles a southern dish.
In a follow-up/apology article, NPR discussed the outcries of Not Our Dish! towards C&W from most southerners:
In one of my proudest journalistic moments to date… my comment made it to the top of the list. Though, I must say I’m a little peeved no-one acknowledged my awesome Gladys Knight joke. C’mon. How many times does one get the chance to make a Midnight Train to Georgia pun in their life?
What do ya’ll think about chicken and waffles? Like them? Southern? To claim or not claim?