Wacky Waffles: 10 Surprising Sweet + Savory Takes on the Brunch Bestseller #WaffleWednesdays

L’eggo your Eggos. Waffles just got a whole lot more interesting. Chefs are transforming the triangular breakfast staples into dishes worthy of dinner and dessert. Some of are sweet, some are savory, and all of them will make you do a double-take. Here are 10 wacky waffles that you won’t find at your local Waffle House.

MAX’s Wine Dive, Austin, Texas
Executive chef Mason Rodgers clearly doesn’t believe in restraint. A cheddar and bacon-enriched potato waffle comes topped with both a chicken fried lobster tail and porcini rubbed filet mignon. It gets a ladle full of green chili gravy for good measure. Make a reservation at MAX’s Wine Dive.


Kapnos, Washington, D.C.
Your caffeination routine just got waffle-ized. Greek coffee amps up these tasty triangles. They’re capped with buzz-boosting chocolate-covered espresso beans, cinnamon butter, and sour cream-style crema. If that’s not enough of a pick me up, you can always order a coffee spiked with becherovka liqueur. Make a reservation at Kapnos.


Yona, Arlington, Virginia
A pair of waffles comes decked out with Greek style taramasalata, roe, and briny tongues of uni. Chef Jonah Kim calls the dish “upscale stoner food.” We aren’t going to argue with him and will make sure to prepare accordingly. Make a reservation at Yona.


Abigaile, Hermosa Beach, California
Who needs buns? This bacon burger with a bonus egg uses waffles instead of brioche. It’s the star of the Twenty Spot Munchie Box, which comes with fries and tots drizzled with whiz-style cheese and a Mexican Coke float. Make a reservation at Abigaile.


Avenue Kitchen, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Crème brûlée, now in waffle form. We love cracking through the scorched sugar crust into the layer of custard, which fills the crags of the griddled round. So you feel marginally better about eating dessert for breakfast, they’re topped off with fresh berries. Make a reservation at Avenue Kitchen.

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Chef Kerry Simon Gives His Signature Junk Food Platter a Romantic Makeover

Add some whimsy to your Valentine's Day with the Junk Food Platter at LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon in the City of Angels!

We checked in with Chef Kerry Simon of LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon in Los Angeles, California, to see what he was cookin’ up for Valentine’s Day. Turns out Chef Simon has transformed the restaurant’s famed Junk Food Platter into a Valentine’s Day-themed dessert and candy wonderland featuring house-made Hostess-style cupcakes dipped in white chocolate ganache, a strawberry milkshake for two, chocolate covered strawberries, house-made cotton candy, two signature snowballs, and much more. It’s basically heaven on a plate for folks with a serious sweet tooth!

Chef Simon will be hard at work on Valentine’s Day, but when asked with whom he’d spend the day if he did have it off (and had a time machine), he answered, “Julia Child, I would love to pick her brain and try to unlock her secrets. The woman is a genius.”

We’re sure the late, great Ms. Childs would have thought this platter was pretty genius, too! Book a table at LA Market by Kerry Simon to dig into this confection on Valentine’s Day.


Dining Poll: Pick Your Favorite Thanksgiving Pie!

While pie has never really fallen out of fashion, it’s definitely enjoying a bit more popularity these days. And, pie has become almost as synonymous with Thanksgiving as turkey, if you think about it. So, we’re wondering…what kind of pie are you dying to dig into on Thursday?


Dining Poll: Do You Choose Just Desserts When Dining Out?

How sweet is your sweet tooth? Enough to make you pass right over a restaurant’s entrees and savory dishes and head straight for the pastries? Have you ever made an entree out of ice cream? Cobbled together a meal from cobbler? Share your opinion — or addiction — in today’s dining poll.