Waffles are probably something we have all enjoyed at some point, even if they did come from a box. Our fair county proves that waffles need not be plain. It even proves that waffles need not be for breakfast. From the decadent to the savory, here are some of the best waffles in Orange County.
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292 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
www.bruxie.comWhen you tell someone you’re going for a waffle sandwich, you get some interesting reactions. People don’t know what to make of a savory sandwich made with something that is usually sweet. The waffles at Bruxie are made using a traditional Brussels recipe and they are delicious whether savory or sweet. They are pliable enough to fold around the middle of the sandwich but crisp enough to hold up to whatever is inside. Bruxie frequently has a line of customers, but all of the menu items – especially the hot pastrami and the S’mores – are worth the wait.
The Iron Press
3321 Hyland Ave., Suite E
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.theironpress.comThe good folks at The Iron Press know how to grab someone’s attention with five simple words: “we like beer and waffles.” Some folks might consider it an odd combination, but The Iron Press serves up delicious waffle sandwiches with an excellent selection of local beers. From sour beers to stouts, you’ll find the perfect beer to accompany your sandwich. Try the spicy Polish sausage (topped with whole grain mustard and sauerkraut) with an IPA that nicely complements the spice.
Arthur’s Coffee Shop
1281 E. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
www.bestbreakfastoc.comIf you’re looking for a waffle in a good family setting, Arthur’s Coffee Shop is the place to go. You can get plain Belgian waffle, or one made with chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries or blueberries. To make the waffle even better, it will be topped with whipped cream on request. The specialty waffles are perfect for the kids or if you want to indulge your inner child.
369 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
www.plumscafe.comA waffle doesn’t have to be plain. It can be a truly decadent breakfast or brunch item. The menu at Plums advertises a chocolate banana waffle. That doesn’t mean it’s topped with chocolate. The batter has chocolate in it and then this incredibly moist treat is topped with caramel, whipped cream and sliced bananas. At $15, it’s not something you can enjoy all the time, but it is an excellent occasional treat.
Stacks Pancake House
34255 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
www.stackspancakehouse.comStacks is a pancake house, but you can get a mighty fine waffle here too. What sets this place apart is the variety. If you’re in the mood for a waffle, you can get one topped with fruit and cream, nuts or even Oreos. Just as good as the variety is the price. You can get one of these delicious waffles for less than $7.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.