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Reviewed 4 August 2021

We'd been in Durham now for almost a week and wanted to try some Southern cooking. Menu descriptions sounded delicious - so very much looking forward to the meal. Given pandemic conditions, we ordered take-out. Overall, food was fine, but similar to versions of these...dishes we've had up North. The Mimi's Sassy Shrimp tasted fine, but not especially different - a combination of beef bouillion and spicy sausage. Plenty of shrimp, as there were 10 medium sized one. The disappointment was the "cheesy grits", as it was just grits with some cheese sprinkled on it. I've had cheesy grits in dives that were cheesier and smoother than this. The Orange Speckled Chabo featured a chicken cutlet a third the size of the waffle. Unfortunately, it was dry, too. The Carolina Cockerel seemed reasonable with the 3 wings. The shmears were bla - the specific flavors were weak so that it just tasted like sweetend margerine. Overall, dinner was fine - but it was not special.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 27 June 2021

After 3 trips in Durham, I was finally able to eat at Dame's Chicken & Waffles. Great food for Less, amazing location and great customer service. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a spot to eat in Durham.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 28 May 2021 via mobile

Everything was great! The food, service and atmosphere. Definitely worth the 40 minute wait! Our first visit but won’t be our last!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 16 May 2021

My daughter recommended Dame's as she had eaten here once before. Did not disappoint. We had 2 of their specialty mimosas (Carolina Sunrise and Peach & Raspberry Cobbler). Both were delicious. For our meals we got "What a Classy Hen" (we subbed out the vanilla...& almond shmear for maple-pecan) and "Mimi's Sassy Shrimp" Our server was a sweetheart and gave us great suggestions. We went on a Saturday morning not long after they opened and it definitely fills up fast.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 11 April 2021

Not being from this part of the Country, I wanted to know what this whole "chicken and waffles" thing was all about. I just could not imagine the two would ever go together on the same plate let alone the same meal. I was led...by some friends that are locals and a little help from our waiter this evening and I was taught the ways of the chicken and waffle meal. I have to say after an evening at Dame's tonight, there should be a Dame's in every city across America! The menu option was large and the combinations of toppings was extensive but I just wanted to go with traditional. Waffle, chicken and syrup. The rest of my table choose other toppings such as carmel, cashews, maple pecan butter, almond butter, chocolate sauce, sweet potato waffle and other toppings. To be honest I enjoyed them all and could see my next time going a little more creative but for a first timer I really enjoyed the "original" way. Also ordered collard greens, mac and cheese, grits with cheese and potato salad. All of the sides were great also and would recommend but it really is about the chicken and waffles.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 28 September 2020

Was traveling in Durham NC 09/26/20 and had extra time for something to eat. This place was awesome. Atmosphere great and bright. Nicely themed interior. Greet staff was nice and smiled. My waiter was A1, I am at a loss of his name but we...talked about his journey of his stretched ears. He was polite and knowledgeable of the menu. Wings, waffles, grits w/cheese, collards and ice tea all were fantastic. I will surely let everyone I know about this place and hope they come and share the same feeling that I have.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 25 September 2020

On our recent trip to Durham, NC we were told we had to try Dame's Chicken & Waffles, so we did. It was Sunday afternoon and the line to dine was quite long. We put our name on the wait list and finally an hour...later we were sitting down at the table. Our visit was during COVID, so we were required to wear a mask unless we were at our table. They were extremely busy, so it was quite difficult to hear the waitress, so she had to almost yell to explain the menu and take our order. I had actually never had Chicken and Waffles, so I thought trying it at a place famous for the best I could not go wrong. The menu provides you will already paired smears and sauces, but they also have the option to create your own combo. I went with the Classic Chick, nothing too crazy. The smear and sauces are on the side so you can apply as much or as little as you want. Jenni decided she just wanted the fried chicken, which she really enjoyed. With her meal she had a side of squash and I had the potato salad (which was really yummy). If you are in Durham, NC and you are looking for something with a little Southern flare then you should really try Dame's Chicken and Waffles.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 22 September 2020

Went to this place for the first time for everyone's favorite (BFD) breakfast for dinner. We ate fried chicken wings and blueberry waffle and fried chicken legs and plain waffle. They offer smear (spread) which are not the traditional you would think. We had the...apricot peach smear-tasty, the chocolate hazelnut and the almond caramel with our waffles. All the food was served hot and fresh cooked! The breaded chicken was not oversalty which you gotta watch out for when you eat fried chicken! Service was quick, friendly and knew about the food as we asked a few questions. Bathrooms and restaurant were clean and stocked.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 11 July 2020 via mobile

Great meal! Our first visit and we appreciated the attention to Covid 19 requirements. Our waitress, Chelsea was fantastic!!! Waffles and chicken were great! We will return.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 15 June 2020

Second time coming here. First time came pre-corona and just visited again during the corona virus. Food-wise, the chicken and waffles are awesome. Just about what you'd expect. I felt like the chicken was delicious, crispy, and well seasoned. However, I felt like the waffles...were pretty average. Service was pretty slow. In terms of cleanliness during the virus, I felt like they were pretty good. They had lines outside the restaurant for pickup with spots to be socially distant (although, not everyone followed those spots). While all employees seemed to have masks, not all of them wore them over their noses which was kind of odd.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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I find it very reasonable for the amount of food you get - you will not leave hungry - I want to say it is between $12-$15 per person for a meal.
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Not sure but most of Durham rest. Do offer that option.
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Yes, Dame's Chicken & Waffles offers takeout services.

Dame's Chicken & Waffles is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4