For many consumers, waffles are about as American as a food gets. But Belgian waffles, the kind featured these days at many restaurants across the country, are a relatively new phenomenon, having debuted at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, where they were greeted with gusto. Today, restaurants across the nation take pains to concoct gourmet versions of Belgian and other types of waffles -- with delicious results. These 25 restaurants from all corners of the U.S. have been lauded in online reviews and voted local favorites for creating unique waffles starting at just $5.
25 Places Across the U.S. to Enjoy Great Waffles
Aptly named, the Waffle Window features a walk-up window serving a wide variety of waffles including Walkin' Waffles, which are wrapped and ready to be eaten on the move. If time permits, take a seat and enjoy a one-of-a-kind waffle creation, including a granola and fruit waffle, a spicy bacon cheddar jalapeño waffle, or a seasonal offering. The Luck of the Irish Waffle is all dressed up for spring with fresh red berries, Irish cream chocolate mousse, and more. Waffle Window also features waffle sundaes. The chain has three Portland locations with a fourth planned to soon open at Bethany Village Centre.
Bru's Wiffle has no shortage of tasty varieties of waffles, but the Waco may be the way to go. Covered with grilled or crispy chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapeños, sour cream, and salsa, the Waco is just what it sounds like -- a waffle taco. Bru's also flaunts a complete list of dessert waffles, including banana pecan, banana split, and churro waffles. Chicken and waffle specialties and waffle scrambles round out the affordable menu. Bru's has locations in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
Unlike other waffle joints that serve omelets, sandwiches, and other fare, Wow Wow Waffle serves strictly waffles. From a fresh and light waffle topped simply with homemade whipped cream and fruit ($5) to the Number Seven topped with bacon baked in brown sugar, avocado, and goat cheese ($7.50), there is no question waffles are the specialty.
Tom's is known for its hearty, Belgian-style waffles, including cranberry and pumpkin walnut. Tom's also serves waffle sundaes made with ice cream, whipped cream, and fruit, as well as meatier waffle sundaes with bacon, ham, sausage, or salami. Prices for these menu items start at $7.