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Zinneken's is awesome - finally some authentic Belgian waffles in Boston

davidcaldw Nov 22, 2011 03:22 AM

I have been looking for authentic Belgian waffles for years and now I can find them in Harvard square. For those who are looking for the real Liege waffle aka Sugar waffles , Zinneken's is the place to be. For those who don't know, the Liege waffle is a yeast dough filled with pearl sugar (which creates a caramelized coat on the outside) and which is eaten plain, warm or cold as a snack in Belgium. So be aware that these waffles will be different from what people here erroneously call "Belgian waffles."

Some other shops in Boston have tried to introduce the Liege waffle but they are just giving a very fuzzy idea of what a real Liege waffle is supposed to be. If you are looking for the real deal then you should try Zinneken's because they make it with the authentic recipe.

  1. StriperGuy Nov 22, 2011 06:43 AM

    In all fairness I had one last weekend and it was actually authentic, and excellent though a bit pricey at $5. Really delicious.

    The folks working there however were totally clueless to the point of zombie insanity.

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    1. re: StriperGuy
      viperlush Nov 22, 2011 07:04 AM

      If they are good the $5 might be worth it. It cost me a waffle iron trying to make them at home. Memo to self, next time clean the iron ASAP and not let the sugary buttery mess harden.

      1. re: viperlush
        davidcaldw Nov 22, 2011 09:08 AM

        I think that is why the Liege waffles have pear sugar inside so that the sugar takes more time to melt. I think that using regular pear sugar will fix the issue (plus some oil/butter ?)

    2. Boston_Otter Nov 22, 2011 08:02 AM

      Judging by past reviews of this place, I have to ask:
      • has the service improved? Do simple waffle orders still take over 1/2 hr to fulfill?
      • are they still charging obscene prices for Keurig coffee?

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      1. re: Boston_Otter
        lipoff Nov 22, 2011 01:11 PM

        I went there for lunch last week --- when I walked in I was the only person there, and it took about 25 minutes for them to make my one waffle with chocolate, strawberries and bananas. The dough tasted good, and the chocolate was sensational, but the strawberries weren't ripe and the waffle was cold and limp by the time I received it. Other people have raved about how good they are, which I could imagine if I had gotten mine while it was hot.

        1. re: lipoff
          hckybg Nov 22, 2011 01:31 PM

          Can you describe the texture of your waffle? When we went, they seemed undercooked, but I admit to not knowing this type of waffle so wasn't sure what the ideal should be. Are they supposed to have a similar texture to the more common type of Belgian waffle?

          As Boston_Otter alluded to, I had a so-so experience my first time. I'd like to see them succeed and will give them another try, but at the price we paid I am not sure I wouldn't usually be compelled to spend a couple bucks less downstairs at BerryLine or half as much for an ice cream cone at Christina's.

          1. re: hckybg
            StriperGuy Nov 24, 2011 08:20 AM

            They are supposed to be gooey inside, this is NOT an american style waffle.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              Gabatta Nov 25, 2011 11:11 AM

              Mine weren't gooey, just unpleasantly chewy and certainly not authentic.

          2. re: lipoff
            Gabatta Nov 22, 2011 01:47 PM

            Wow, 25 min is fast for Zinneken's. They took twice as long to make our waffles.

            The chocolate was gritty and awful when we were there so that sounds like an improvement.

            Since our laughable experience others in the neighborhood have echoed our experience, this place is really lacking in service and value.

            1. re: lipoff
              Boston_Otter Nov 22, 2011 03:13 PM

              As a sidenote, I've had very tasty Liege waffles from both Mr. Crepe in Davis Square and from Saus. Both of them took only a few minutes to serve me up a waffle, though I can't vouch for its extreme authenticity.

          3. C. Hamster Nov 22, 2011 12:19 PM

            The other reviews have been terrible ...

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              glenn mcdonald Nov 27, 2011 05:27 PM

              I've had a couple waffles at Zinneken's and a couple at Saus, so far, and Saus came much closer, in both waffle and attitude, to the ones I had on the street in Brussels. Both Z ones seemed aesthetically overdone, and the second one was overcooked as well. Actually, the tiny sample one I had at Zinneken's the day they were giving them away was much better than the two they had time to craft...

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              1. re: glenn mcdonald
                robwat36 Nov 28, 2011 06:56 AM

                Yeah, I think the ones at Saus are pretty good and, as others have noted, they were here before Zinneken's.

                Does anyone know who makes the liege waffles that are served at Beer Advocate's beer fests at the BCA Cyclorama? Those are awesome.

                1. re: robwat36
                  LStaff Nov 28, 2011 07:19 AM

                  Waffle Haus / Waffle Cabin - many outposts can be found at ski areas in VT>

                  There is an old thread here where the owner chimes in. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/337984

                  1. re: robwat36
                    Allstonian Nov 28, 2011 07:19 AM

                    They're from Waffle Haus in Vermont.

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