Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles Go Gourmet
Sure, breakfast for dinner has always been an IHOP staple, but at your favorite five-star bistro? Waffles for dinner may sound like it’s just one step above pouring yourself a p.m. bowl of Cheerios, but as the Today show reports, gourmet chefs around the country are dishing up waffles topped with everything from soft shell crab to chicken liver (yes, chicken liver) and adding the likes of beer, squash and Old Bay seasoning to the batter.
Now, we love ourselves a good crisp Belgian waffle slathered in maple syrup, but be honest now, does this sampling of half a dozen offerings make you say yum or yuck?
- • At Atwood Café in Chicago, Old Bay–seasoned waffles are topped with buttermilk-battered soft shell crabs.
- • At Do or Dine in Brooklyn, waffles are filled with chicken liver, then topped with a Cornish hen, blood orange sauce and more chicken liver. Gulp.
- • At Founding Farmers in Washington, D.C., the batter is vegan-friendly, made with an oatmeal stout and soy milk, with caramel sauce and bananas on top.
- • At Baltimore’s B&O American Brasserie, red velvet waffles — complete with cream-cheese frosting — are (naturally) an uber-popular brunch item.
- • At Miami’s Area 31, waffles are topped with smoked shrimp, guacamole, foie gras, duck confit and dried cherry jam.
- • And at Harvest Restaurant in Louisville, KY, the Southern fave combo of fried chicken and waffles comes with kobacha squash flavoring in the batter.
So, let’s break it down. Dessert waffles? Most definitely, yes. Fried chicken with our waffles? Yum. Beer in our waffle batter? We’re dubious, but okay. Chicken liver injected in our waffles? Maybe on a dare.
Go wild with waffles at home! Check out these crazy delicious recipes: