To avoid the crowds, we finally had a free Friday morning recently and decided to try out the spot. We had no problems getting a seat (however, it did get busier as our meal went on). We've talked about the look of the restaurant in previous posts, so this time we're going to focus on the food.
It probably goes without saying that when you go to Waffles, you probably want to opt for the waffles (duh!). So that's what we did. Intrigued by the Green Tea (which is described as green tea waffle with a lemon ginger Chantilly cream topped with ground pistachio, powdered sugar and candied ginger). Sounded lovely and was pretty tasty as well.
Also ordered was the Brussels Waffle (which was more of your traditional type of waffle), eggs and bacon. Again, the food was solid. Generally speaking, both of us would go back without question. The only minor complaints from us was that the staff wasn't really stopping by that much to fill up coffee, bring our check, etc. In their defense, we were having a solid conversation and maybe they didn't think they should interrupt, but regardless, the server could have been more attentive. Not a huge problem, but something noticed by both of us.
Laura Bianci from chicagobusiness.com also recently stopped by Waffles and really enjoyed the food:
It's a mystery to me that Waffles could put so much thought and effort into its menu and so little into customer comfort.We agree that the menu is solid, but don't agree with the assessment of the decor. While it's simple, it's a bright, contemporary feel if you ask us. Regardless, the food is the star and that's probably more important than any other thing.
The wood furniture and benches without backs, seating 105, invite us to eat and run, while the stark-naked décor is so frigid it makes fast-food chains look cozy; so why is this place so packed on weekends?
No doubt it's the menu, a brief and imaginative document that's well-executed.
(Hat tip: ND!)
(Image from Waffles Facebook Page)