How about enjoying a sweet waffle topped with fried chicken and a dash of maple syrup? Now, you no longer have to travel all the way to the U.S. to enjoy a fried chicken & waffle, this typical soul food dish from the southern United States African American cuisine. Head to Paris 18th arrondissement and the Barbès neighborhood to discover Gri-Gri, a small soul food eatery!
Already running Café Mareva, a healthy coffee shop shining a light on gluten-free and lactose-free treats, Mareva opted for this popular district, at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, to work again with a product she knows well already, waffles, but in a completely different way than at Café Mareva.
It is when she went to the United States that the chef discovers soul food, a comforting family cuisine, historically created by the Black slaves in South of the United States, at the end of the 17th century, influenced by the cooking from western African countries. Fried chicken, jambalaya, mac&cheese as sides… At Gri-Gri, one can enjoy all the cult dishes from this south-American cuisine.
Starting with this staple fried chicken and waffle (€12) for which Mareva tried dozens of marinade and breadcrumbs coating recipes before coming to the one available on Gri-Gri’s menu. The chicken – marinated in buttermilk – is very tender and coated in very crunchy breadcrumbs, not too thick and not too fat. It can be enjoyed like in New Orleans: on a waffle generously splashed with maple syrup; a mix that might sound scary and yet, we highly recommend you try!
This same fried chicken can also be enjoyed in a burger (€14), served with homemade fries and mac&cheese, jambalaya – a typical rice stew from Luisiana – or very cheeky mac&cheese balls (€6), fleshy and stuffed with melted cheese. And if you though the restaurant is not for you because you are vegetarian, then note Gri-Gri can also serve all the recipes on the menu but vegetarian version, by swapping poultry for seitan!
Another flagship dish from New Orleans, the Po’Boy sandwich, namely a bun filled with fried chicken, coleslaw, cheddar, tomatoes and barbecue sauce, also available on the menu and in the week’s lunch set menu for €9 only, including a drink and a dessert.
And speaking of desserts, Mareva has a knack! Cheesecake, snickers, brownie with peanut butter, browkie… Indulge yourself before coming back on Saturday or Sunday for the €23-brunch including a dish of your choice and dessert from the desserts of the day, unlimited coffee or tea and a fresh fruit juice!
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 December 2021
27 Rue de Clignancourt
75018 Paris 18