Waffles - any good ones in Marin?
Once in a while I get hit with a waffle urge. Anybody know where I can get a good one in Marin?
I tried Denny's and theirs was disappointing. Like maybe they just poured some of their pancake batter into the waffle iron.
I tried the International House of Pancakes, and their waffle was worse - non-crisp and leadenly cake-y. IHOP had the better fruit syrups: strawberry, boysenberry, and blueberry - but far from top-knotch. Denny's tasted like some kind of neutral syrup base had been flavored with KoolAid. Fruit syrups should be, basically, thin jelly (like my Mom's memorable quince syrup).
Speaking of Mom, she sets the waffle standard for me. Her simple, basic recipe involves 2 cups flour, 2 cups buttermilk, 2 eggs separated and the whites beaten, one cube (1/4 lb.!) butter, melted, and of course an appropriate amount of salt, baking powder and baking soda. This makes excellent light, crisp tasty waffles. They freeze well and toast up nicely later, too.
Marion Cunningham's yeast-raised waffles are by far the best I've ever had. Incredibly light with a delicate yeasty flavor. They are quite simple to put together. Mix the batter before you go to bed (it takes about 5 minutes if you're moving slow) then let it sit on the counter all night. I don't have the recipe with me but you can find it in her breakfast book. I think it was reprinted in Patty Unterman's Food Lover's Guide to SF, as well.
i, too, love waffles, but haven't found too many good ones out. Here's a good, slightly different waffle recipe, courtesy of Dorie Greenspan's Waffles from Morning to Midnight book--deliciously crunchy but still a little moist inside.
1 cup flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt; 2 cups buttermilk, 2 eggs, 2 TB melted butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup. Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients, pour into dry and mix. Bake and enjoy!