Throughout history, unusual culinary combinations have captivated human taste buds, from mead and Grendel carcass to Oreos and pizza to fun and onions. Taste history in the making with today's Groupon: for $10, you get any four waffle tacos at Lucky J's Chicken & Waffles (a $20 value). This Groupon can be used at either the new Longhorn Food Court location in West Campus or at the corner of East 6th and Waller in East Austin.
Lucky J's taco waffles incite immediate tongue purring with their sweet and salty mix of fried chicken and buttery waffles. Freshly pressed light waffles are used to lovingly wrap chicken, bacon, and other delicious foodstuffs, creating an optimum missile for collapsing your mouth cave before any more children get lost in it. With five different waffle-taco options available ($5 each), Lucky J's immediately serves all crispy-fowl and iron-pressed meal cravings. The waffle breakfast taco is a delicious mélange of egg, bacon, and cheddar cheese combined with potato and onions, and the Grandma Andy taco knits a combination of bananas and honey along with melted peanut butter, nutella, and honey into a lip-smacking blanket. To satisfy more-lunch-inclined appetites, the Ms. M taco's blissful blend of boneless fried-chicken strip, bacon, and swiss cheese will take your mind off your coworker's constant emails and frequent lack of pants. Top any creation with syrup or hot sauce—or both.
One of the most celebrated street-side vendors in Austin, Lucky J's bright-red trailer makes it easy to find without the help of a seeing-eye sloth. Offering wide-ranging hours, the Longhorn Food Court location caters to a weekday lunch crowd from noon to 3 p.m., whereas the East Side location's hours vary depending on day: lunch is available every day but Monday, and evening hours are extended until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights to ensure that you can enjoy a late-night waffle taco made of actual waffles and tacos, rather than dreams. Combine the proportionate strength of a chicken with the proportionate speed of a taco with today's Groupon to Lucky J's Chicken and Waffles.
Lucky J's Chicken & Waffles has been featured by a plethora of local press, including the Chronicle, the A.V. Club, the Austin American-Statesman, and KXAN News, as well as the food blog Gluttonize. Yelpers give Lucky J's four stars, and 76% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- The homemade waffles have a luscious buttery flavor with a hint of sugar to them. Though typically served with syrup, I prefer them just buttered. Wrapped around a chunk of crackling fried chicken with a splash of hot sauce, the whole ensemble is sinfully delicious. – Rachel Feit, Austin Chronicle
- The chicken, oh wow, was INCREDIBLY moist and juicy. – Patrick L., Yelp
- The breading on the chicken is fantastically seasoned and cooked to a nice, deep brown. The chicken it encases is moist and tender. The Lucky J's waffle is nice and big with a chewy texture that compliments [sic] the chicken well. – bwbollom, Urbanspoon
Lucky J’s Chicken & Waffles
The story of Lucky J’s Chicken & Waffles begins with transformation. The eatery started as a food truck before rolling into its culinary cocoon, soon emerging as a brick-and-mortar location propelled by wings of fried, fluffy batter. Today, homestyle sides such as collard greens and fried pickle chips accompany a menu that mostly proceeds as follows: fried chicken, waffles, fried chicken with waffles, and waffles folded into tacos stuffed with fried chicken. It’s a simple concept, but it has earned the spot attention from the Atlantic, CBS News, and FOXBusiness. The Austin Chronicle called the chicken “both greasy and salty; this is not a criticism,” adding that, combined with waffles, which “have a luscious buttery flavor with a hint of sugar to them … the whole ensemble is sinfully delicious.”
In addition to classic, bone-in fried chicken served with waffles, waffle tacos come in combinations that are more surprising than a jack-in-the-box filled with firecrackers. The Brady’s bacon waffle conceals swiss cheese, hot sauce, and honey, whereas the Grandma Andy is stuffed with banana, Nutella, peanut butter, and honey. Surrounding feasters, the shop’s bright murals all originate from the hand of local artist Federico Archuleta, and include dueling guitars played by chickens and a woman eating chicken next to a chicken eating a waffle.