Banana Split – Chocolate Waffle with Banana, Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Almond, Sprinkles, Whipped Cream ($8.19)
The Sweet P – Pumpkin Waffle, Apple Pie Filling, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel, Cinnamon ($7.95)
Located in Centennial and another long-term member of my breakfast ‘to-do’ list it was finally on Saturday Morning after a stop at the new Al’s Donuts and Café Burger that I decided to stop by Waffles Café and although a suspicious server inquiring as to why I was taking pictures of the wall-mounted menu was a touch off-putting the food itself proved well worth the trip. Every bit a ‘locals only’ sort of spot, hidden in a small strip-mall on the East side of North Durango, it was just after 7:30am that I entered the brightly lit space and finding myself to be the restaurant’s only patron until a family of four arrived at eight o’clock both order and service were expedited, the mother and sons team chatting amongst themselves in the kitchen while I watched Obama address the Iraq situation via wall-mounted LCD in back. Obviously content in sticking to the waffle-centric theme with a menu entailing options either sandwiched or standard it was only after substantial debate that I eventually settled on two of the items listed under “Specials” and declining further customization beyond making my Banana Split base chocolate I’m happy to say both piping hot options proved divine, the mountainous split’s base harkening the flavor of hot cocoa beneath ripe bananas while the Sweet P’s supple crumb was soaked through with cinnamon spiced apples and a liberal ladle of caramel for a decidedly sweet experience just barely reined in by the slowly melting ice cream.
THREE AND A HALF STARS: Locally owned and operated with each waffle made to order from one of five bases alongside a plethora of options for customization Waffles Café is the sort of place that likely has something for everyone and with each item offered for $5-$9 inside the restaurant’s cozy confines it also represents a veritable bargain given both the size and the quality of each selection, the individual waffles at least 1.5x the size of those at Tiabi or Crepe Shack & Waffles with toppings on par, if not better at a similar price point and more variety across the board.
RECOMMENDED: SWEET P.
AVOID: Chocolate Sauce tastes like Hershey’s while other toppings fared far better, hindsight being 20/20 I would substitute caramel, Nutella, or one of several alternative toppings in the future.
TIP: Despite sporting the same name and somewhat similar menus Waffles Café on North Durango is independently owned and operated with no relation to the Aliante Waffle Cafe in North Las Vegas.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor