Get to know me…I’m the easiest guy to please….about many foods…I’m passionate about what I love…but I try most things and love many!!!
Lee, I never knew you and Michael had so much in commom.[;)]
BTW, We use my Mothers 60 year old waffle iron to make them thin and crispy. Perfect for home made ice cream sandwiches.
Most of the waffle irons sold are the belgian waffle type, and they just taste different to me…I always order waffles at Waffle House because they’re the REAL think…and their sugar free syrup is GREAT!
I checked back, and here’s the Door County waffle place I recommended in a Roadfood post back in August 2004. It bears repeating here:
For breakfast, I recommend Carroll House Restaurant on 42 just south of Sister Bay. The sign says, "Try our Waffles" and that’s what you should do. They’re thin and crispy, just the way a good waffle should be, not puffy and airy like the "Belgian" waffles served all over the place.
Thanks. Nice to hear. If I’m ever in Calif. or Texas I’ll look those places up.
Meanwhile, I’ll try to remember the place in Door County Wisconsin that had such wonderful waffles the last time I was up there (2005). I’ll be back there soon. I once wrote it up on Roadfood – I’ll try to find that.
To one and all—if your ever anywhere near Guerneville Calif—please—do NOT miss the classic "Cream Waffle" at the River Inn—absolutely wonderful and NOT belgian!!! They have been asked time and again for the recipe—and refuse to give it out—Gourmet was a bit irritated by that. A masterpiece –no whipped cream—no gooey fruit toppings—just a perfect waffle–a little butter and some syrup!!![:p]
The Travelin Man
You can get a fine, small-square waffle, just as you describe at the Avalon Diner in the Kirby District of Houston, TX, also.
Of course, Houston may be quite a ways to go just for breakfast.
It’s like the "French" dressing we serve in America.
To my surprise, a friend visiting here from France had never seen or tasted it before, and couldn’t figure out why it was called "French"!
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.
Welcome to Roadfood! You are in good company, since this is a pet peeve of Michael Stern’s, too.
I sympathize – it is hard to find the crispy waffles I love here in Chicago. There is a great place for them in Door County, Wisconsin, but that’s a long way from you.
No Waffle House here in the Chicago area.
I shall now try for the third time to respond:
Try Waffle House. Real waffles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, except for Leap Year when it is 366 days a year.
The closest one to you would be in Toledo, Ohio.
Is it my imagination or is it impossible to find regular (non-Belgian) waffles anymore? I prefer regular waffles and have been looking for them everywhere I have eaten breakfast for over a year and have yet to find them. Its starting to drive me crazy.
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