10 Best Waffles in Metro Phoenix

This sweet and savory waffle is definitely something to brag about.
This sweet and savory waffle is definitely something to brag about.
Heather Hoch

Breakfast, the best and most important meal of the day, has an all-star confection in its ranks so good that even savory food lovers have to admit a craving every once and a while. No, we're not talking about pancakes. We're talking about the groovy, segmented, fluffy, and delicious waffle. Some prefer thinner waffles, while others go for fatty Belgian liege varieties. You can even go for a gluten-free or vegan waffle without losing out on flavor. No matter which waffle style you go for, there's a spot in town that can help you quell those waffle cravings.

Here are ten of our favorite places to get waffles in the Valley:

See also: 10 Best French Toasts in Metro Phoenix

Bragg's Factory Diner

If you think waffles have to be plain, think again and then head into Bragg's Factory Diner for a "What the Waff?!" Sweet and spiced, this coconut curry treat is much more than your average waffle. It's served with a heafty dollop of dairy-free butter with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top and with its unique flavor, that's really all this waffle needs. $7 gets you a "What the Waff?!" with your choice of a side like eggplant bacon, fresh fruit, or hash browns.

Fresh strawberries and whipped cream take this griddled grub to the next level.
Fresh strawberries and whipped cream take this griddled grub to the next level.
Katie Johnson

Over Easy

With so many hearty and healthy breakfast items, choosing your morning meal at Over Easy can be overwhelming. We like to play it safe with the strawberries and cream waffle. This batter-based beauty keeps it sweet and simple, which is rather refreshing in a day and age of food fusion, molecular gastronomy, and cappuccino-flavored potato chips.

Who needs toast when you can order a waffle with your Hog and Chick?
Who needs toast when you can order a waffle with your Hog and Chick?
Lauren Saria

Matt's Big Breakfast

Just about everyone knows Matt's Big Breakfast is one of the best places in town for a hearty start to the day. Favorites include the 5 Spot breakfast sandwich and the meaty Hog and Chick, but Matt's waffle is another don't-miss dish. The beauty of this starchy meal comes from its simplicity: a faintly vanilla-flavored waffle topped with a generous scoop of sweet cream butter and served with a side of bacon. Like everything else at Matt's, it's made with top-quality ingredients and to high standards. Alternating bites between the savory, salty breakfast meat and the fluffy, sweet waffle is pretty much breakfast heaven.

Pancake might be in the name of this Gilbert joint, but we prefer the waffles.EXPAND
Pancake might be in the name of this Gilbert joint, but we prefer the waffles.
Renee Guillory

JP Pancake

Craving waffles in the East Valley when it's too early to chase down a waffle truck? You're in luck. Jeanne Dahl's cheery Gilbert diner, JP Pancake, serves up not only her signature baked griddlecakes, but solid coffee and fluffy, malted Belgian waffles. These thick, breakfasty confections are crisped to a golden crust on the outside but actually cake-like on the inside -- and full of flavor. They hold up to plenty of whipped butter, syrup, or fancy toppings on offer, but they don't need to be dressed up. Hearty, gluten-free waffles are an option, too. Weekend mornings can mean a short wait, but waffles are their own reward.

Though we prefer the chicken and waffles, bacon works as a nice substitute if you hit Carmel's after they run out of chicken.
Though we prefer the chicken and waffles, bacon works as a nice substitute if you hit Carmel's after they run out of chicken.
Josh Chesler

Carmel's on Camelback

Known primarily for their espresso and baked goods, Carmel's is a popular little breakfast spot for a bite before work or a weekend brunch. The waffles are no exception to the restaurant's delightful breakfasts, as they have a French toast-like quality to them that adds a little sweetness beyond that of standard waffle batter. Though not huge, Carmel's waffles are filling without losing the airiness that so many look for in the breakfast food. Served up with maple syrup and your choice of bacon or chicken, the waffle plates at Carmel's offer a sweet and savory combination sure to satisfy.



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