301 N. Pine St., Wilmington, 332-3664
Kendall “Kidd” Briscoe combined the best ideas from the culinary mind of his grandmother, Sarah Lloyd, with those gleaned during his four-year stint in
Atlanta to furnish Wilmington with an all-too-rare soul food delicacy: chicken and waffles.
Kidd’s, which opened in 2013, specializes in the breakfasty hybrid made famous in Harlem, Baltimore and all over the South. Crispy, made-to-order Belgian waffles—which Briscoe tops with anything from strawberries and bananas to cinnamon and Frosted Flakes—find a perfect partner in subtly seasoned fried chicken wings.
The cozy eatery on Wilmington’s East Side (near Briscoe’s childhood neighborhood) offers breakfast and brunch treats like banana French toast, as well as catering and outdoor seating.
“I came up with the menu items on my own,” says Briscoe, who used to own Café 301 in the same storefront. “I travel a lot, so I’d go to different eateries, take some inspiration from here and some from there and then developed my own way to make the waffles special and season the chicken. The idea itself came from my grandmother.”