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Best waffles in South OC? Recommendations please.

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Hey all,

We've gotten such great responses to my previous recommendation request posts that Cat asked me to put up this one. She's got a real soft spot for waffles and she'd like to know where you Chowhounds think the best waffles in the South OC area are. Please be kind to my wallet, since I just know we're going to end up at most of the restaurants you guys recommend.

- Chubbypanda

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  1. You may be expecting the usual American style with maple syrup, but I can't think of anyplace that obsesses on making a great one.

    Nay, hie ye to Little Saigon for Vietnamese waffles. These are sweetened and flavored with pandan or durian and come in the same shade of Toxic Avenger green as "pistachio" ice cream.

    My preference is Van's Bakery. If they're too busy to make one fresh to order, I'll skip it and get something else. When freshly made, the crust is crisp, the interior moist and creamy. There's several locations in OC and LA counties.

    Here's a brief non-waffle writeup I did on Van's
    http://professorsalt.com/2005/01/24/t...

    Van's Bakery
    14346 Brookhurst St
    Garden Grove
    714-839-1666
    also another location in Westminster on Bolsa Ave, in the same mall as Dragon Phoenix, back in the corner near the supermarket whose name I forget.

    Panda, as your attorney, I advise you to drive right past the avenger green waffles at the UCI Lee's. You'll be turning onto a cul de sac of hearbreak otherwise.

    1. The Best sour dough Waffles were at Carluccio's in Balboa(next to the Newport Pier) but it closed in 02 and became a La Tarasco.
      Maybe "Original" Pancake House in Aliso Viejo, not to be confused with IHOP.
      Decent Waffles at Harbor Grill in the Dana Point Harbor.

      1. Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles

        730 E. Broadway
        Long Beach, CA
        562-437-8355

        Worth the drive -- trust me...

        1. Maybe not South OC, but in Costa Mesa off 17th/Tustin Ave is Plums Cafe. In strip mall, but ALWAYS crowded by locals on the weekends for their breakfasts. Belgian waffles to die for, and check out the Dutch baby entree. Worth the trip. We used to go twice a month for a long time, but it got too addicting.

          1. I 2nd Plums...great waffles...i would skip the Dutch Pancake though!