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In search of the best belgium waffle

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slinky Oct 11, 2006 10:26 PM

I long for a great, melt-in-your-mouth, waffle...the kind that compels you to detour you off your trip to Antwerp, just to stop at some corner goffre stand, (as in Lille or some other small town in Belgium)to eat plain or dipped in chocolate. I remember the days when a good, crisp light belgium waffle was easy to be had...at (now don't laugh) the Old World restaurants. Too often I am disappointed by a soggy, cold, too-much-baking-powder kind of waffle. Short of going overseas, is there such a thing around here?

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    young_chower Oct 11, 2006 10:52 PM

    Got back from Belgium a month ago and ate many a delicious waffle (including a few in Antwerp). I asked on chowhound for the same thing. The consensus is that there is nothing close. The only thing comparable is some waffle stand in the Howard Hueghes Center next to the 405 that makes a decent, but by no means amazing, waffle.

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      Chubbypanda Oct 11, 2006 11:27 PM

      I'm going to link you to another Chowhound thread that somewhat covered this topic.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/326666?user_name=&query=chubbypanda

      I've been searching as well and haven't been able to find a truly great waffle anywhere. At this point, I'm considering throwing down the dough for a truly awesome waffle iron and making my own.

      - Chubbypanda

      http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

      1. monku Oct 12, 2006 12:50 AM

        Old World had the best Belgian waffles and clam chowder.
        Not sure if they're Van's Belgian waffles, but they sell them at Costco and you put them in the toaster and they're pretty good.

        1. Normal Garciaparra Oct 12, 2006 07:04 AM

          Unfortunately, Americans automatically assume Belgian waffles are breakfast food instead of a form of pastry.

          1. caitybirdie Oct 12, 2006 08:47 AM

            i am sad to admit i am one of those americans. please make me understand and show me the way!

            1. Mr Taster Oct 12, 2006 09:29 AM

              I too have been looking for Belgian waffles in LA. Real Belgian waffles are nothing like the massive, flavorless, doughy round things Americans associate them with as breakfast food. They are in fact thin by comparison and the dough is very flavorful and crispy on the outside, like a cake cooked into waffle form. They are often eaten as snacks on the go (think pizza or hot dogs in New York City) as street vendors and small walk-up storefronts sell them. They sell them dipped in chocolate or with strawberries and are seen more of as an afternoon snack. Breakfast is a chocolate dipped croissant and coffee :)

              I too have heard about the place in the Howard Hughes Center but have yet to check it out.

              Mr Taster

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                RichardM Oct 12, 2006 12:16 PM

                I've had Belgian waffles as described by Mr. Taster. It was at the little Danish bakery/restaurant in Solvang.

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                  Das Ubergeek Oct 12, 2006 03:04 PM

                  Oooooh yes... I forgot about them. I think they even call them gaufres. It's the place that sells the æbleskiver on the north side of the street, parallel to Hans Christian Andersengade.

                  And what's with the use of "Belgium" as an adjective? Besides being an intergalactic swear word (if you understood that you are WAY too geeky), it's a country.

                  And now I crave a Belgian waffle.

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                    slinky Oct 12, 2006 09:30 PM

                    You are correct; I was in a hurry when first writing: I should have typed "BelgiaN" (slip of the finger). Thanks for the Solvang tip. Haven't had a chance to go to the HH Center...will try. Sherman's coffee shop in Palm Springs has a tasty, although not quite as authentic, waffle.

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