Restaurants & Bars

The Waffle: A Delighted Update

Junoesq | Oct 19, 200810:31 PM     6

I have often relied on Chowhound to guide me to, or away from restuarants. All I can say today I am glad I did not check here before going to The Waffle on Sunset or I would have missed a great brunch.

My husband and I were heading south to Dupar's on Sunday around noon and there was some hideous traffic snarl involving the closure of streets and roadblacks at Melrose. I flashed on The Waffle and we headed up there.

My initial impression generated some nervousness: uber cool decor and a younger hipster crowd (including Mad TV cast member sighting). No need for worry as the entire staff was delightfully welcoming and friendly. The estminated 15 minute wait for a table was only about 5 and they accomodated my husband's request for a roomy booth.

An adorable waitress filled our coffee mugs and patiently, enthusistically and knowledgably descibed both breakfast and lunch favorites to us. She returned with our own private thermos pitcher of hot cofffee let us have a few extra minutes to decide.

I got the Jalapeno corn meal waffle with fried chicken and collards. Everey element of this was just exemplary - juicy chicken with a perfectly spiced, crisp greaseless mahagony crust, a light and crunchy and flavorful waffle and greens so delectable I want to ferret out their recipe - some smoke from bacon, a slight vinegar tang and nice chile heat to boot.. At the waitress's suggesiton, I mixed sryup and Tapaqtio hot sauce for some extra kick. - fabu!

I really regretted giving my husband half up front. Their is no way I would have shared this if I had tasted it first! It beat the bejeezus out of the Hash House-a-Go-Go version of the same dish.

Hubby had a Denver omellette which switched out the ham for bacon as he requested. Perfectly cooked with a side of shredded style hash browns. He asked for an order of biscuits and gravy (my boy was HUNGRY) and the waitress graciously steered him to ordering the biscuit in lieu of toast and brought him a small side of great sausage gravy gratis.

The sun shone in, the music was nice, we read our paper and no one rushed us in any way as we lingered.

We can't wait to go back.

Just a great time.

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