100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 69: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Every chef has one. Some chefs have entire menus full of them -- that dish that they're just not in love with making anymore but that their customers have fallen completely in love with. Try and take it off the menu and pitchforks ensue, or worse, they end up with an empty dining room.

Jonathon Erdeljac's albatross is the chicken and waffles you see pictured above. It's not that he hates making the dish, but you san see him plating up number 732,426 with a deep and heavy sigh. "I left the easy life at Breadwinners to make chicken and waffles till I die," you can hear him saying.

I personally feel no remorse. We all make the bed we lie in, that's how the world works. The chicken and waffles served at Jonathon's are a thing of wonder, with crispy chicken, a soft absorbent waffle and thick, savory gravy that could make the Sunday Times taste delicious. Put a thing like that out into the world and you become responsible for it.

See you for your millionth plate, chef.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co. No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen No. 87: The White Album at Spoon No. 86: Ramen at Tei An No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo No. 70: Cheesesteak at Truck Yard