Where to Find America's Best Waffles
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25 Places to Find Amazing Waffles Across the Country

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Where to Find America's Best Waffles
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Waffles Done Right

For many eaters, waffles are about as American as a food gets. But Belgian waffles, the kind featured these days at great breakfast restaurants across the country, are a relatively new phenomenon, having debuted at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, where they were greeted with gusto. Today, restaurants across the nation take pains to concoct gourmet versions of Belgian and other types of waffles — with delicious results. These 25 restaurants from all corners of the U.S. have been lauded in reviews and voted local favorites for creating unique waffles. 

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Waffle Window, Portland, Oregon
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Waffle Window | Portland, Oregon

Aptly named, the Waffle Window features a walk-up window serving a wide variety of waffles including Walkin' Waffles, which are wrapped and ready to be eaten on the move. If time permits, take a seat and enjoy a one-of-a-kind waffle creation, including a granola and fruit waffle, a spicy bacon cheddar jalapeño waffle, or a seasonal offering, such as the Pear Nutella. Waffle Window also features waffle sundaes. The chain has three Portland locations.

Griffon Gastropub, Niagara Falls, New York
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Griffon Gastropub | Niagara Falls, New York

The Griffon's chicken and waffle sandwich is what put this pub on the map for amazing waffles. A sliced Belgian chive waffle is paired with a traditional Southern buttermilk-battered piece of fried chicken. It's served with jalapeño coleslaw, thick-cut apple wood-smoked bacon, cheddar, and spicy maple mayonnaise.

Bru's Wiffle, Southern California
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Bru's Wiffle | Los Angeles

Bru's Wiffle has no shortage of tasty varieties of waffles, but the Waco may be the way to go. Covered with grilled or crispy chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapeños, sour cream, and salsa, the Waco is just what it sounds like — a waffle taco. Bru's also flaunts a complete list of dessert waffles, including banana pecan, banana split, and churro waffles. Chicken and waffle specialties and waffle scrambles round out the affordable menu. Bru's has location in Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica.

Tasty Waffle, Romeoville, Illinois
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Tasty Waffle | Romeoville, Illinois

A Carrot Cake Waffle sets this restaurant apart from the rest. Shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, raisins, and cream cheese make for a complete breakfast at Tasty Waffle. Other sweet-style waffles on the extensive waffle menu include Caramel Apple, Black Cherry Bliss, Raisin Walnut, and many more.

Pocahontas Pancake and Waffle Shop, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Pocahontas Pancake and Waffle Shop | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Featured on Food Network's "The Best Of" for its pancakes, Pocahontas Pancakes is also a destination for waffle lovers. Try blueberry, cherry, apple, "succulent" chocolate chip, banana, or pecan waffle. They also have a gluten-free waffle.

Maxine's Chicken and Waffles, Indianapolis
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Maxine's Chicken and Waffles | Indianapolis

Maxine's claim to fame is a plate of three jumbo chicken wings and its signature waffle. Or, opt for the Waffle Sliders, featuring buttermilk fried chicken. More traditional offerings include Dusty's Waffles, a signature waffle served with peach butter and whipped cream.

Atypical Waffle Company, San Diego
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Atypical Waffle Company | San Diego

Unlike other waffle joints that serve omelets, sandwiches, and other fare, Atypical Waffle Company serves strictly waffles. From a fresh and light waffle topped simply with homemade whipped cream and fruit ($5.75) to the Number Seven topped with bacon baked in brown sugar, avocado, and goat cheese ($7.95), there is no question waffles are the specialty.

Waffle Way, Grapevine, Texas
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Waffle Way | Grapevine, Texas

Waffle Way features Belgian waffles — "a local favorite" — including pecan and banana pecan varieties, as well as a Chicken Waffle entree, a waffle served with "chicken fried chicken" for less than $8. Customers can also make their own, with a choice of fruit, whipped cream, or chocolate chips, then add a side of bacon, ham, or sausage.

Chicago Waffles, Chicago
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Chicago Waffles | Chicago

Connoisseurs in the mood for something hearty will want to give Chicago Waffles' Cheddar and Short Rib Waffle a try. A cheddar waffle served with braised short ribs and topped with two eggs, cheddar cheese, and chives, it's bound to satisfy any appetite. Or try a take on the soul food classic, chicken and waffles — except this version features bacon, chicken tenders, and spicy syrup. Waffle lovers can also enjoy a "flight" of waffles, which includes red velvet, chocolate, liege, and green tea mini waffles topped with blackberries, strawberries, bananas, and hazelnut chocolate ($14).

The Nest, Bellflower, California
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The Nest | Bellflower, California

The Nest has no shortage of options for those hankering for all manner of breakfast food, but when it comes to waffles, there's a singular, fabulous offering: the Bacon Waffle, a Belgian-style waffle with bacon pieces in the batter, served with homemade bacon whiskey syrup. Who needs more?

Omelette & Waffle Restaurant, Houston
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Omelette and Waffle Restaurant | Houston

This home-style diner does waffles right, according to customer reviews. Patrons call the waffles "soft yet crunchy" and "phenomenal" on Yelp and urge newbies not to let the hole-in-the-wall ambiance distract from delicious plates of traditional, fruit-topped, syrup-drowned waffles.

The Waffle Wagon
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Waffle Wagon | Cañon City, Colorado

Readers of the local newspaper voted the Waffle Wagon "Best Breakfast" in Cañon City 12 years in a row. No fluff here. Reviewers on TripAdvisor claim these are the kind of waffles Grandma used to make. With options such as chocolate, blueberry, and flavored syrups, the Waffle Wagon may just have a leg up on Grandma.

Tom's, Brooklyn, New York
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Tom's | Brooklyn, New York

Tom's is known for hearty, Belgian-style waffles, including cranberry, pumpkin walnut, sweet potato and banana cinnamon walnuts. Tom's also serves waffle sundaes made with ice cream, whipped cream, and fruit. Waffle prices start at $9.

Guenther House, San Antonio
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Guenther House | San Antonio

The Guenther House, packed with mill history and Southern charm, is more than just a traditional breakfast spot. But the waffles will definitely not disappoint. To stick with tradition, the Guenther House features a Southern Sweet Cream Waffle smothered in strawberries and whipped cream ($7.50). Its waffle mix is available for purchase in the restaurant gift shop and online.

Belgiis Waffles
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Belgiis Waffles | Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Visitors to the tourist mecca known as the Wisconsin Dells won’t have to survive on theme-park food alone. Belgiis Waffles, the brainchild of a self-proclaimed “waffle junkie,” offers gourmet handheld waffle sandwiches made with fresh hand-pulled dough. There are two sizes: one hander and two hander, and ingredients can be sweet or savory. The shop’s signature breakfast sandwich tips the scales with smoked bacon or local sausage, cage-free eggs, red-pepper aioli, and, of course, aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese.

Connie's Chicken & Waffles in Baltimore
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Connie’s Chicken & Waffles | Baltimore

If you can’t get enough of the chicken and waffles combo, Connie’s Chicken & Waffles needs to be on your radar. Buttermilk waffles, red velvet waffles, Oreo waffles, and others are paired with chicken wings and tenders at Connie’s two locations. A family-run joint, the restaurant made the Food Network’s list of the best waffle spots in each state.

The Waffle, Hollywood, California
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The Waffle | Los Angeles

Famous for its Red Velvet Waffle, The Waffle has quickly become a Hollywood tradition since opening in 2008. Its other signature waffles include smoked salmon, hash brown, cornmeal jalapeño, and strawberry cheesecake. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

Waffle Champion, Oklahoma City
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Waffle Champion | Oklahoma City

With its craft waffle sandwiches, Waffle Champion soars to the top of the waffle category. If chorizo and spicy crema sounds amazing, imagine it on a choice of classic buttermilk, Belgian-style liege waffle or waffle fries. Other sandwich options are bacon, egg, and cheddar and barbecue pulled pork.

My Waffle Crush, Phoenix
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My Waffle Crush | Phoenix

A waffle food truck found in and around Phoenix, My Waffle Crush serves waffles topped with just about anything — cinnamon sugar, Nutella, Biscoff, fresh fruit, homemade cream, or ice cream — or stuffed with chocolate. With all that, who needs syrup? Walk away with the Nana (Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream) or maybe the Berry (Biscoff, strawberries, and whipped cream) for about $9, or create your own from the waffle up.

The Waffle Experience, Sacramento, California
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The Waffle Experience | Sacramento, California

Unique toppings combined with creative waffle flavors are the hallmark of the Waffle Experience. The Jimmy's a Greek, for example, starts with a fresh herb waffle piled high with a cage-free egg, feta, kalamata olives, savory onion jam, dolmades, arugula, tomatoes, basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto, and a balsamic drizzle. It's like a salad on a waffle. Or maybe try the Pig Latin, with spicy carnitas, fontina, sautéed peppers, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, and chipotle aioli on a jalapeño-infused herb waffle. Two hands are required. Still hungry? Try the Bananarama for dessert.

Wafels & Dinges Throwdown Wafel, New York City
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Wafels & Dinges | New York

New Yorkers eager for a waffle fix are used to scouting for the nearest canary yellow Wafels & Dinges truck on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, though there are also storefront locations, and recently Pennsylvanians have joined the hunt. The curious name marries the Dutch words for waffles (wafel) and, loosely, toppings (dinges). Among the mobile waffle-maker's more interesting offerings have been BBQ Pulled Pork and Smoked Salmon waffles. The Throwdown Wafel featuring whipped cream and their Spekuloos Spread is the product of a duel involving celebrity Chef Bobby Flay. Or walk away with just a taste — grab a Mini Wafelini.

Nana G's Chik-N-Waffles in Atlanta
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Nana G's Chik-N-Waffles | Atlanta

Nana G's tasty waffle recipe has been around a long time — more than 75 years. Today Atlantans can spot a restaurant food truck for a chance to try her legendary maplewood smoked bacon-infused Belgian waffles, served simply with syrup and powdered sugar, or topped with "top-secret" 48-hour fried chicken or bananas (with or without Nutella and peanut butter).

Sweet Iron Waffles
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Sweet Iron Waffles | Seattle

The liege-style waffles are the cornerstone and inspiration of this outfit that’s been serving them up for a decade now. At Sweet Iron, the sweet selections range from a classic version with powdered sugar to bruleed bananas and ice cream sundae waffles. Savory options include brie and basil as well as prosciutto, crème fraiche and green onions. They even sell frozen waffles to go.

Belgian Waffle Works, Lake Arrowhead, California
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Belgian Waffle Works | Lake Arrowhead, California

Patrons of Belgian Waffle Works can get a waffle with a view. This eatery, overlooking Lake Arrowhead, boasts a Belgian S'more waffle complete with chocolate ice cream, marshmallow, chocolate sauce, and graham cracker crumbs. On the savory side of things, how about the Benedict Belgian? Customers can substitute gluten-free waffles for any of the combinations.

Off the Waffle, Portland, Oregon
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Off the Waffle | Portland, Oregon

Like any good waffle joint, Off the Waffle offers traditional liege waffles, which are normally served without syrup or butter, and for just $3.50. If traditional doesn't cut it, choose from a variety of sweet, savory, and "in between" waffle options that top out at $15, with many plates in the $6.50 to $10.50 range. Specialty waffle highlights include Goat in Headlights, topped with goat cheese, avocado, basil, and two sunny-side-up eggs, and the Wiffle, topped with Nutella, organic banana, and powdered sugar.