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"You Got Syrup in my Jazz!"

You've really not lived until you've tried the heavenly combination that is Southern-fried chicken and waffles. The dish, if it's accurate to call it that, is probably best known because of the chain of Los Angeles eateries, Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. In practice, it's a mingling of flavors that makes much more sense than you'd think: the crunchy, savory chicken is an excellent foil for the sweet, doughy, syrup-covered waffles. Some people like it with butter and even hot sauce, too — and there ain't nothing wrong with that. But you know what goes even better with chicken and waffles? Poetry and jazz, of course. Thursday nights are Chicken & Waffles Night at Write Side Poets Cafe, an independent eatery and venue in Lauderhill that serves up poetry slams, live music, rap battles, and erotic poetry in addition to the fried fowl. Seven bucks gets you in the door where you can nosh on the aforementioned goods and listen to smooth jazz. The party starts at 8 p.m., and - since chicken and waffles are best consumed after dinner but before breakfast - keeps rocking until 2 a.m.

Visit Write Side Poets Cafe at 5464 NW 19th St. in Lauderhill. Call 954-306-6166.
Thursdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 1. Continues through June 4, 2009


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