The really frustrating thing is that if you go to Belgium, you won’t find those big, puffy "Belgium" waffles that have taken over the landscape here. If I recall, the waffles I had in Belgium (which are a dessert item there), were thin and crispy, the way I like them.
For now, I have to use my waffle iron to make waffles that I enjoy. Not sure why people in the U.S. favor the big, dull, puffy ones. It’s kind of like with bagels, where places like Einstein’s adulterated the original concept and now no one knows what a real bagel should taste like.