After years of living in Alameda -- all of them withing an easy walk of this institution -- I finally had breakfast at Ole's Waffle Shop Friday.
I had been put off by the huge lines on weekends, and a report from my sister's in-laws that they were disappointed in the waffles on their visit. Ironically, who did I run into but my sister's MIL, who told me she had given the place a second chance and was now a regular!
Ole's is another of Alameda's stuck-in-a-time-warp coffee shops -- nothing but the prices has changed in at least a generation.
What could I order but a waffle? The waffles here are round and not particularly thick or crisp (although you can probably order one crisper -- I saw a nearby diner with one that looked several shades darker than mine). Instead, they are light and melt-in-the-mouth tender, with a good flavor. Mine came with four slices of excellent thick-cut applewood bacon that was perfectly cooked to crisp but not tough.
Since I'm not much of a breakfast eater, I'm not sure I would stand in line more than a few minutes for this place, but I can see why it's so popular with people who do eat breakfast.