By Maria del Cisne Vital
Waffles are a tasty treat so dynamic that they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! Whether you like your waffles drenched in syrup, topped with berries, or served alongside fried chicken, Southern California has you covered in the waffle department. Enjoy today, National Waffle Day, with a delicious meal!
Check out these places for unique twists on the traditional waffle:
The Waffle Spot — San Diego
The name speaks for itself. The Waffle Spot in San Diego is the hot spot for all things waffle! They have “specialties” like apple cinnamon, toasted pecan, and churro waffles. If you want something more classic then you can opt for a plain waffle with your choice of fruit toppings or whipped cream. Savory is also an option with their Eggs Waffle Benedict— two mini waffles topped with Canadian bacon and 2 poached eggs covered with fresh Hollandaise sauce.
1333 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108 | (619) 297-2231
Shaky Alibi — Los Angeles
The Shaky Alibi is a “wafflerie” founded on authenticity. Their Liege waffles are handcrafted to your taste and served fresh off the waffle iron. Sweet and savory are their specialty. The Cinn-Sational Waffle is infused with raisins, topped with pecans and drizzled with homemade butter cream frosting. Their Big Blue waffle is topped with onion maple jam, crumbled smoked bacon and blue cheese. A “taste sensation,” their waffles will leave you wildly impressed!
7401 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (323) 938-5282
The Honey B — Santa Barbara
The Honey B is a plant-based, 90% vegan kitchen that sources their produce both locally and organically. On top of being so health-conscious, they have delicious waffle-pressed food! Breakfast or lunch is the best option here. You can start out your day with French Toast– waffled Brioche French Toast stacked with burrata, strawberries, avocado, candied almonds and balsamic. For lunch, try out their Dillies– waffle-pressed pot stickers filled with mushrooms, caramelized onions, kale, vegan cream cheese, and avocado dipping sauce.
602 Anacapa St. @ Antioch Rooftop, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 | (805) 895-4248
Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles — Long Beach
A true classic, Roscoe’s has been around Southern California since it first opened its Long Beach doors in 1975. Considered a “beloved soul food chain” by the New York Times, Roscoe’s is iconic for none other than chicken and waffles. They have different specials, each serving up varying amounts of crispy chicken breasts, wings and/or thighs. The “Obama Special,” named after our former president, consists of three wings and choice of a waffle, potato salad or French fries. Roscoe’s also has locations in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Hollywood.
730 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 | (562) 437-8355
Cauldron Ice Cream — Orange County
Every food blogger’s dream comes to life with Cauldron Ice Cream’s aesthetically pleasing desserts. The Puffle ice cream cones are puffy waffle cones that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can choose from an assortment of creamy ice cream flavors that are made to order including Earl Grey Lavender, Vietnamese Coffee, and S’mores. Once your ice cream is done, it’s plopped into a Puffle cone and you are left with a treat almost too pretty to eat!
1421 W MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92704 | (657) 245-3442