By Summar Ghias
The concept is simple. In a world where brunch still reigns supreme, why not open a place that focuses solely on waffles?
That place is literally called Waffles. We’ll knock off a few points for originality, but perhaps the intention was to be perfectly clear. The South Loop joint, which was voted best new breakfast by Time Out Chicago this year, pays homage to the doughy goodness by serving everything from zen green tea waffles to the more hearty and Southern inspired chicken-and-waffle combo with a spicy maple syrup.
My Mexican chocolate waffles with orange anglaise and shaved dark chocolate. I don't usually mix citrus and chocolate, but this proved I should go out of my standard food box more often.
At it’s simplest, the waffle-spot serves two types of waffles: the rich, chewy Liege waffle or the thick and crispy Brussels waffle with various kinds of fruit compotes. The more complicated waffle dishes incorporate my all-time-brunch favorite, eggs benedict, like the Filet and Waffle benedict with Liege waffles, poached eggs and aleppo hollandaise.
But, my mind was on the aforementioned Time Out Chicago review that spelled out a drool-inducing dessert-like dish: the Mexican chocolate waffles with orange anglaise topped with spicy cocoa powder and shaved dark chocolate. It was pretty darn good.
My friend, who is equally obsessed with all things red-velvet, got the red velvet waffles with strawberry compote, whipped cream cheese and topped with candied walnuts.
Red velvet waffles with strawberry compote, whipped cream cheese and candied walnuts.
We didn’t get a savory waffle, but we did get eggs on the side to even out the sugar. And while I do think perhaps I should have seen just how good the savory waffles were, I was pretty satisfied with the place overall. If you’re in the need to satisfy a waffle craving, this is definitely the place to go.
(Out of three stars)
Food: ** and a half
Would I go back?: Yes — if only to try the savory waffles.
1400 South Michigan Ave.,
at 14th St.,
Chicago, IL 60605
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