Illustration for article titled Capital Chicken  Waffles Brings a West Coast Favorite to Washington D.C.

When thinking of D.C. area cuisine either Maryland crabs or hometown staple Mumbo sauce may come to mind, but young entrepreneur Sharisse Barksdale is determined to bring her southern roots and west coast favorite dish of chicken and waffles to the nation’s capital.


Barksdale is the owner of Capital Chicken & Waffles (CCW) food truck, which is the first and only food truck of its sort in the D.C. area. Citing Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in California as one of her favorite restaurants, the 29-year-old entrepreneur says CCW came about after coming across an article about food trucks at work and discussing the idea further with her family.

“Initially my brother and I were thinking about a soul food truck, but after doing research we realized that a lot of soul food trucks haven’t done well,” says the Maryland native. “So we thought chicken and waffles because I love Roscoe’s in Cali and there isn’t anything like that in this area.”


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