$7.99 » We live in an age of bacon and chocolate pairings, so matching fried chicken and waffles shouldn't be so unusual. Still, Bayleaf Café's diners who aren't familiar with the classic pairing of salty, fried crunch and sweet, doughy bites often do a double-take. It's worth exploring the Southern dish (in fact, the Southern dishes on the menu are the most satisfying) since the waffle isn't of frozen Eggo quality and is dense enough to handle the savory crunch and meaty weight of the chicken breast. Good for lunch, good for dinner and good for late-night munchies.
Bayleaf Café (read the full http://www.sltrib.com/taste/ci_13858350" Target="_BLANK">review) is at 159 S. Main St., Salt Lake City; 801-359-8490. Open M-Th, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; F, 6 a.m.-Su, 6 p.m.
-- Vanessa Chang