89: Chicken & Waffles from Lo-Lo's

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Number 89: Chicken & Waffles from Lo-Lo's

Comfort food does not get any more, well, comforting than a plate full of hot, golden waffles and some crispy hunks of fried chicken from Lo-Lo's.

Owner Larry "Lo-Lo" White has built his own micro-empire -- a legendary spot just south of downtown, and a newer branch for hungry Scottsdale denizens -- around the impeccable reputation of his fried chicken. Although the greens, grits, catfish, red velvet cake, and other soulful dishes are consistently delicious, the chicken is obsession-worthy. Naturally, his perfectly seasoned coating is a trade secret, but it's not a stretch to say that magic is one of the ingredients. This stuff has the power to turn a bad mood into barely contained glee.

Even Charles Barkley would agree.

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