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Belgian Waffles?

hello everyone. I just got back from a month long vacation in Greece, Holland, and Belgium. Some great food, but it was hard being away from Chowhound for so long!

Anyway, while in Belgium i tasted the most delicious waffles that were well priced and really tasty. They were naturally sweet and did not need syrup. Their taste reminds me of the Greek sweet bread called tsureki.

Does anyone know where I can find these types of waffles in the LA area?

Thanks,

young_chower

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  1. There's a place in Encino called More than Waffles that has good Belgian Waffles. It is on the downstairs level of the Encino Town Center (where the Laemmle theater is) on Ventura Blvd., between Balboa and Louise. It can be very busy on weekend mornings, but worth the wait.

    www.morethanwaffles.com

    1. Suspect you're talking about Liege waffles (see, http://www.visitbelgium.com/waffles.htm ). I think these are made with dough rather than batter, and the dough has chunks of sugar (maybe raw) in it that caramelize as the waffle cooks. They're sweeter, and denser than Brussels waffles (which are more common in the US). I have never seen Liege waffles in So. Cal., but maybe somebody will be able to help us out. It would be nice to find a source.

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      1. re: David Kahn

        Geepers, that sounds so good...like reading food-porn or something...I can't wait to find some.

        1. re: tatertotsrock

          Liège waffles are available at the new Eurostation, at the Block at Orange. The service has been abysmal, just so you know -- but you can get the chips with the zillion sauces, Bruxelles- and Liège-style waffles, and crêpes.

          Belgium it ain't, but cheaper than airfare.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Das Ubergek, you are my hero...I was already creating my game plan to head to San Diego to go to Bibby's...now I think I'll just make it a day...Kayak, Waffle, Kayak, another Waffle and so on...any other yummy sweet treat places you can suggest between Glenadale and San Diego close to the 5 Freeway...it's gonna be a good weekend.

            1. re: tatertotsrock

              If you've never had a "yogur" from Brianna's on Ball Rd and State College (~3 minutes east of the 5 Fwy), you should definitely investigate. It's cut up fresh fruit with sweetened yoghurt topping, coconut, granola and raisins.

              Or just start the day off by going to either the Original Pancake House (on Lincoln, ~5 minutes east of the 5) or Jagerhaus German Cuisine (on Ball, ditto) for breakfast -- they both have fantastic European-style pancakes.

              1. re: tatertotsrock

                They have gaufres de Liege at "Le Pain Quotidien," a Belgian bakery-cafe. There are a bunch all over LA.

        2. I am sitting in my hotel in Brussels as we speak(I am here 8-10 times per year)...and I had a gauffre chaud(warm waffle) on the street about an hour ago...The type you described are the Liege style waffle...dense and sweet...not needing any topping and usually eaten as street food or a snack. The Brussels style is the type most of us think of with fruit toppings, chocolate and whipped cream usually eaten with a knife and fork.

          I have yet to find a Liege waffle in SoCal except in my kitchen...lots of the Brussels style but they are usually mediocre at best. I was told that Le Pain Quotidien was planning to offer both waffle styles in Los Angeles at one time(they have them here in Brussels)...but they have not appeared yet!!

          It is sad that there are no decent frites, moules or waffles in SoCal...such simple but delicious food!...sigh...of well, I get to come back to Brussles next month!!

          1. Now that we've figured out that these are Liege Waffles, you'll be surprised at the number of previous threads on the subject. Here's a recent one.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. Yes, these are truely amazing and while in Brussells I couldn't get enough of them. I've yet to find them in Los Angeles and I had a friend in Belgium ship me some. They sell them already made in the grocery stores in a package as if you were buying bagels.

              These are completely different then the breakfast dish-Belgium Waffles.

              Now I have the craving,

              Stuart