International Waffle Day might be over (it was March 25) and National Waffle Day (August 24) is still far away, but who needs an excuse to celebrate a wacky holiday when the subject matter is so tasty? Read on for some places you might want to consider when you’re in the mood for deliciously crisp battercake. And remember: This list is by no means a complete guide to waffles around Los Angeles, so if you have suggestions, please let me know! Just leave a comment below.
Bru’s Wiffle – 2408 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Have you ever tried a pizza waffle? Neither have I. But I have had the delicious chicken (read: crispy, breaded breasts) and waffles at this new waffle joint in Santa Monica. Serving breakfast and lunch every day except Mondays, you can get either thick Belgian waffles (my own personal favorite) or the skinnier American versions topped with just about anything imaginable. There are dessert waffles, savory waffles, waffle scrambles, waffle sliders, ice cream waffle sandwiches, sweet potato waffle fries, even gluten-free waffles. There’s also chicken curry, meatballs, PB&J … all on waffles! If that’s all a bit too much, there are plenty of waffle-free menu items you can order, but why would you ever do that? Stop by Tuesday-Friday from 2pm-5pm to get 10% off your bill.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles – Hollywood, West LA, Pasadena, Long Beach, Pasadena, South LA
Even though my own personal experience with Roscoe’s was one of crusty and dusty chicken and an unforgivable case of flaccid waffle dysfunction, this purveyor of the beloved culinary duo reigns supreme in the opinion of many. With its thin-waled waffles served beneath salty, crunchy, Southern-style chicken, Roscoe’s is one of those places that you have to visit at least once. And it’s probably the only place where you can wash down all those waffles with a can of Pit Bull … you know, for a ‘refreshing lift’ after all that pigging out.
Wood & Vine – 6280 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
This newcomer at the old historic Taft Building is where you can chill with some local small-batch wines, classic cocktails, and seasonal small plates, but my recommendation? The fried chicken and homemade waffles served with maple roasted squash. Think of it as a Roscoe’s upgrade (read: locally, sustainably sourced organic ingredients) without the price hike (entrée cost: $14).
Ocean & Vine – 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This restaurant inside the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica is a hidden find for delicious waffle action. Go for the all-you-can-eat $27 weekend brunch and get the made-right-in-front-of-you Belgian waffles that are fluffy and doughy, but crispy in all the right places. You can add whatever toppings suit your fancy, including fresh bananas, strawberries, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and, oh yeah, butter.
More Than Waffles – 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316
Yes, this Encino favorite serves more than waffles, but who cares when you can choose from more than 20 different takes on the Belgian waffle? Flavors run the gamut from healthy (boring!) options like organic oat bran and seven grain to the ones you really want to hear about: bacon & cheddar, peach & whipped cream, chocolate chip, coconut pecan, and Love–a Belgian waffle dipped in dark Belgian chocolate with strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream. And don’t forget the seasonal homemade jams.
Culina – 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA
This restaurant inside the Four Seasons has made quite a name for itself with its fresh and flavorful modern Italian cuisine, but there’s much more going in this chi-chi space than homemade ravioli and the best crudo bar in LA. One of the menu’s best-kept secrets is the Belgian waffle served with orange cream, raspberries and sugared pecans. It’s only served for breakfast—and yes, it’s $19—but if you have to get up anyway, it may as well be for something this good.
The Griddle Café – 7916 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
There’s a reason why otherwise rationally minded people will wait up to three hours to get a seat at this legendary Hollywood joint: The over-the-top, bigger-than-your-head, can’t-believe-a-human-being-can-consume-this-many-calories-in-one-sitting breakfast dishes! (Three words: Mom’s French Toast.) Among the countless menu items is the Griddle Waffle, a delicious waffle that … um, waffles between a Belgian and an American, with medium thickness and a hint of vanilla cinnamon, and the Strawberries & Cream Waffle covered with fresh strawberries and a brown sugar sour cream topping. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Cecconi’s – 8764 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Did somebody say mascarpone? No matter the dish, my all-time favorite Italian triple-cream cheese is guaranteed to make it taste better. And the waffles at this sceney WeHo destination are no exception. Offered on the breakfast menu (did you even know this power lunch spot opens every day at 8am?!), the thin yet fluffy waffles are topped with mascarpone and fresh berries. Even better, the $10 price tag won’t leave you waffling about whether or not you can afford it.