Before breakfast and brunch menus started turning out items like avocado toast and eggs sardou, it used to be all about Aunt Jemima with her pancakes, waffles and french toast. Now, waffles are making a comeback with restaurants specializing in just that, a perfectly baked honeycomb cake.
Here is a list of some of the best places to grab a waffle around town.
Waffles on Maple
Where do we start? If you’re dreaming of a waffle, they will likely have what you’re looking for here. From sweet to savory, there are so many choices. Try the red velvet waffle with sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries or the “Heart Attack” which features caramelized onions and mushrooms, two fried eggs, jalapenos, and cheese. Can’t decide? Don’t worry; they also offer a waffle sampler dish. Stop by on Thursday, Aug. 24, and try any waffle for only 99 cents. Photo courtesy: Waffles on Maple
Visit Elizabeth’s on Monday through Friday for breakfast, and you’ll find traditional waffles on the menu. Go there for brunch on a Saturday or Sunday, and the waffles get kicked up a notch. Try the duck waffle –a cornbread waffle topped with sweet potato and duck hash with pepper jelly. While you’re at it, get a side of praline bacon. You won’t be disappointed. Photo courtesy: Elizabeth’s Restaurant
biscuit & buns on banks
The Mid-City breakfast and lunch spot opens daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the restaurant is known for its biscuits, the spot also cook up a good waffle. Try the chicken and waffle or the grilled brie waffle with blueberry compote and powdered sugar. Photo courtesy: Biscuit & Buns on Banks via Instagram
While Toast has two locations, you’ll only find waffles on the menu at the Fairgrounds spot. These aren’t your traditional waffles. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try the ham, egg, tomato, avocado and pimento cheese sandwich waffle or the BLT waffle with a sunny side egg. Photo courtesy: Toast
Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles
This New Orleans East establishment opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here’s a bonus: Breakfast is served all day. The waffle menu consists of Belgium waffles with toppings, breakfast sandwiches served on two mini-waffles or fried chicken and waffles. Here’s a look at what else the restaurant offers. Photo courtesy: Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles
Horn’s opens seven days a week for breakfast, and the Marigny restaurant features a good waffle selection. Check out waffle cochon–a cornbread waffle topped with pulled pork, chimichurri sauce & pickled peppers. The carrot waffle is a savory waffle made with shredded carrots, ginger, scallions and eggs served with a pickled slaw and sweet soy sauce. Horn’s also serves gluten-free waffles which come in sweet potato or chocolate flavors. Photo courtesy: Horn’s via Facebook
The Trolley Stop
The 24-hour diner on St. Charles Avenue has a pretty extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, with the most interesting waffle being the “Banana Split Belgian Waffle.” It’s served with pecans, bananas, strawberries, pineapple filling, Bavarian cream, powdered sugar & whipped cream. Are you full yet? Photo courtesy: Yelp
You can’t make a list about waffles without mentioning Waffle House. You can start with a standard waffle and add flavors to it, for 25 cents each, like pecan, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Check your local restaurant to see what kind of special waffles they may serve. Photo courtesy: Waffle House via Instagram