I like waffles, but my wife, who makes great ones, usually doesn’t like to cook them when I want to eat them. Does anyone know of a really good place for waffles in SD? The only really good place I know of is the Pancake House in El Cajon (kinda inconvenient to LJ, where john’s waffle house closed years ago), which has much better pancakes (duh!) and scrambles than waffles.
I admit that I am a sucker for the proverbial “hole-in-the-wall” Mom & Pop eatery. I will search, like the conquistador Coronado, throughout the area for the elusive pot-of-gold place, especially for breakfast (Jewish deli & Mexican, too.) Believe me, I have been to every neighborhood in this town looking for “The Lost City of Chow.”
Saturday morning my wife said, “Let’s try the Country Waffle House in Claremont.” I should have asked more questions, but after almost 30 years of marriage...off we went.
We found the place on the bottom back of an office building by the Rite-Aid at the corner of Genesee and Balboa. The parking lot was packed and there was a short wait . . .both good signs. The tacky faux country décor, ugly formica and plastic flowers were all promising in a perverse the-worse-the-place-looks-the-better-the-food sort of way. They even managed to mis-spell “Countr[y]” on the specials board. Anticipation built as we were seated and the waitress gave us menus encased in heavy plastic with pictures of Grandma and Uncle Jed, the founders from Arkansas. But unlike the sumptuous specials board with its pictures of country scrambles, chicken fried steak (the Holy Grail of country food) and waffle specials, the waffle part of the menu at the Country Waffle House was skimpy with only a few overly fruity/whipped cream entrees. (If not for Prop 64, I would have considered a false advertising class action) (before any right-wingers scramble over that parenthetical – pun intentional- it was a joke. Sort of.) I decided to stick to the basics... a plain waffle, which came with bacon or sausage and eggs; unlike the waffle special which also came with bacon or sausage and eggs, but which added 2 out of season strawberries and a slice of hard yellowish cantaloupe for $1.25 more.
First, the coffee. It was weak but at the same time of industrial quality and tasted less like coffee and more like the residue of instant. We had to ask for another cup when the cream (in those little plastic containers) separated when added to my wife’s coffee (karmic pay-back?)
The waffle, served with a large scoop of margarine (yum) which the waitress said was butter, was indeed exactly as advertised -- plain. In all respects. As I ate it, it occurred to me that maybe it had not been fully prepared on the premises as it was almost perfect in appearance. The bacon was inedible and the eggs could easily have been powdered. The best part of the meal was the peppermint at the counter. We beat feet out of there as fast as we could and hit the computer to beg your assistance.
So, can any SD Chowhounds help us out? Where is there a good waffle in this town?
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