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Where to Find Bubble Waffles in Greater Phoenix

Ube bubble waffles with fresh ube from the Philippines at Mango Rabbit.
Ube bubble waffles with fresh ube from the Philippines at Mango Rabbit. Paolo Cuyno
click to enlarge Ube bubble waffles with fresh ube from the Philippines at Mango Rabbit. - PAOLO CUYNO
Ube bubble waffles with fresh ube from the Philippines at Mango Rabbit.
Paolo Cuyno
You know what an ordinary breakfast waffle looks like: brown, cellular. Maybe there's a square of butter on there somewhere.

Bubble waffles are different. They're spherical, almost three-dimensional, and they often arrive accompanied in some way by ice cream. They look like a waffle from an especially decadent future. Are you craving one now? Here's where to satisfy that craving in the Valley. 

Mango Rabbit

1250 East Apache Boulevard, #112, Tempe

The tea shop Mango Rabbit is small in size but big on creativity. It's here to champion Asian culture in the Valley, owner Peggy Huang says. “I want to create a place that can bridge cultures. We like to try new, different things. We look at whatever is popular in Asia, integrate this into new items, and bring this to Arizona.” That includes the Ube Bubble Waffles, with ube (a currently popular kind of purple yam) sourced directly from the Philippines, or the Rose Bubble Waffles, cooked with rose petals that have soaked for 15 hours.

Teacup Boba

13000 West Indian School Road, Suite A-14, Litchfield Park

Do you believe, as Teacup does, that we should all, “Take Life One Sip At A Time?” Though it specializes in boba, Teacup takes bubble waffles as seriously as beverages. We recommend the Pandan Coconut Bubble Waffle: a pandan coconut bubble waffle with soft serve, strawberries, matcha Pocky, and sprinkles.


click to enlarge A custom bubble-waffle creation at Bubbleology. - MER NORWOOD
A custom bubble-waffle creation at Bubbleology.
Mer Norwood

Bubbleology

1050 South Terrace Road, #112, Tempe

Unlike other bubble waffles piled with ice cream, the London-based Bubbleology comes with gelato (or sorbet, if you’re vegan), and rotates six flavors, like strawberry cheesecake and cookies and cream. If you’re a fruit lover, order the Summer Crunch, which has fresh strawberries and strawberry Pocky. Chocolate lover? Go for The Nutty Professor, which includes some Ferrero Rocher.

Genbu Waffles

1350 South Longmore Street, Mesa

This pop-up (now storefront) debuted at the 2018 PHX Night Market. Part of what puts Genbu Waffles a cut above is its sourcing of local and organic ingredients. But there are also some impressive combinations on this menu. For the matcha-obsessed, try the Matcha Green Serpent — matcha waffles, two scoops of ice cream, a drizzle of matcha condensed milk, Oreo cookies, and Oreo cookie crumbs.

click to enlarge The Goth Waffles is made with activated charcoal and topped with fresh fruit. - SAM MCGEE
The Goth Waffles is made with activated charcoal and topped with fresh fruit.
Sam McGee

Verdura

5555 North Seventh Street, #108

All the food at the alternative music-themed, plant-based Verdura is outstanding, but we’re major fans of its bubble waffle dessert. The Goth Waffle is named for its dark color; it contains activated charcoal. Brighter is the fresh fruit and addicting raspberry sauce that tops it. Even Ian Curtis could have smiled about this.

M T The Boba Bar

10720 West Indian School Road, #79

The aesthetic at M T The Bob Bar is so clean and white it almost deceives you into thinking the bubble waffles might be just as plain. They are not. Get the bubble waffle with strawberry cheesecake ice cream, Fruity Pebbles, and a strawberry drizzle.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 25, 2019. It was updated on August 24, 2020. See what Valley restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, and dine-in services — waffle shops included — in our Phoenix Restaurant Directory.
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Merichelle has chronicled her many food adventures since 2016. She is the Founder of the local food blog She Forks PHX. You’re most likely to find her munching on tacos on a Tuesday, sipping brews at a local cafe, or eating unicorn cakes.
Contact: Mer Norwood