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After years of Benedict and burrito domination, the waffle is finally making a comeback with a creative vengeance. The golden treat is popping up on menus in all sorts of variations. But before you head to the neighborhood diner and indulge in square goodness, we thought we'd give you a little Waffle 101.
Find five ways to eat a waffle -- and the Phoenix spots to find them -- after the jump.
No matter the country or venue, the waffle starts with the same basic ingredients -- flour milk, eggs, and salt -- but the recipes all vary when it comes to caramelized sugar, yeast, leavenings, fillings, and toppings. And since the ironed cake made its debut in the days of ancient Greeks, people have been experimenting with the recipe and coming up with all sorts of concoctions. The result can be a little overwhelming, but we've got your covered. Here are five tasty ways to eat a waffle.
5. Put some soul into you breakfast and eat your waffle with chicken. Fried, baked, or breaded -- it doesn't matter. Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles has the concept down to a science. The spot has a variety of different chicken options and the chicken is always cooked to a perfectly crisp perfection. The crispy fried chicken combined with a fluffy waffle is a deadly combination. For a more gourmet option, try the fried chicken and waffles at Tuck Shop. The signature chicken seasoning mix is delicious.
4. Think of it as bruschetta. A waffle is not limited to syrup and whipped cream. The fluffy food can practically be treated as a toasted baguette. Try it with anything you'd put on a cheese plate. The goat cheese and jam waffle from Centurion is a great place to start. Not a fan of goat cheese? The brie and grape waffle is also a great option. Acacia Café also offers a fruit and nut version on Sundays. Might as well go all out and top it off with a glass of wine.
3. Waffle Dog It: Similar to the fried fair variety consisting of battered oreos, pastries, and pickles, the waffle dog is the iron cake version. Served at Over Easy, the waffle dog is a hot dog soaked and covered in waffle batter and then fried. It's kind of like the waffle pooped out a hot dog. It's awesome.
2. Traditional Style: Why mess with a good thing? Sometimes you want it the old fashioned way. For the best old-fashioned waffle in town head to Matt's Big Breakfast. Topped with whipped butter and sweet maple syrup, it might just be the perfect waffle.
1. Build Your Own Waffle: Don't let the establishment bring you down, create your own waffle concoction. We prefer the waffle taco (pretty much what it sounds like) or building your own McMuffin with a sausage patty, cheese, and an Eggo (check our review of Jolta Java for inspiration). And don't stop at breakfast, grab some ice cream at Sweet Republic and make a waffle ice cream sandwich.
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