Some may not realize the amount of passionate debate something like breakfast can initiate. Sweet or savory? Mimosa or Bloody Mary? Fruit cup or potatoes? Even if the debate is with one's self, it can still get pretty heated. But there is one debate, perhaps more than any other, that can drive people to acts of war: Waffles. This debate used to be restricted to the streets of Europe, but with recent demands by the American public for more authentic experiences in their food, it has crossed the seas and oceans to reach our shores. No, we don't mean waffles vs. pancakes, or even what to top a waffle with. What's the big deal about waffles you ask? It is this: Brussels vs. Liege. Crispy or chewy? Meal or snack? Sickly sweet or slightly bready?
This problem has been confounded by a newish breakfast spot in Chicago's South Loop simply called Waffles, where not only do they offer both Brussels and Liege waffles, but also sweet and savory options, making the choice all that more difficult. Brandy invited along her old pal Bailey Blue, who, along with her brother Hawke, has started a blog of her own, concentrating on reviewing the deliciousness of hard cider. The space that holds Waffles is quite extraordinary, with extremely high ceilings and dining areas squished into every corner. The walls are painted a very industrial grey, but patches of bright orange and yellow seem to liven the place up. As a cheerful girl lead them to their table, Brandy took note of the orange juice machine (loaded with fresh oranges, ready to be squeezed) and the stools at the bar, that enabled diners to watch as their food was prepared.
texture, being crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, Brandy suggested they might take the red food dye out of the equation and bill this dish as a Strawberry Cheesecake Waffle instead, as the strawberry compote on top was the most forward flavor in the dish.
The great waffle debate may not have been solved that day, but at least Brandy had found a place where a productive discourse could be conducted in future. The service was friendly enough, though the table did seem to be forgotten when it came time for the hot chocolate, and the prices seemed a tad steep ($20 for an entree and hot chocolate flight alone), but the unusual choices will keep Brandy returning to sample every waffle on the menu until the Brussels vs. Liege debate is finally resolved.
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