Monday, April 30, 2012


1400 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
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A Quick Word:
One of the newer restaurants on the brunch scene... I enjoy coming here on weekends because the wait is usually minimal (20 minutes max).. as opposed to the other places around the city that can wait upwards of 40 to 50 minutes.  They have waffle combinations that are unheard of anywhere else in the city.  Despite the interesting combinations, I couldn't look past the major flaws in some of their "most popular waffles" and therefore could only give it a generous 3 mile rating on my blog.

What I ate:

Waffles Benedict

My personal favorite at this new breakfast/brunch restaurant in Chicago.  Just imagine a sweet, not-too-dense waffle topped with pulled pork and poached egg.  This entire creation covered in their hollandaise sauce and served with a side salad. The dish is extremely rich with the hollandaise sauce and the runny egg yolks.  But that semi-sweet waffle helps to break everything up.  I think the side salad needs to be dressed more as a vinegar based slaw rather than just a side salad.  It would help bring that BBQ presence that I think this waffle was going for.

Red Velvet Waffles

Another crazy creation from Waffles.  A red velvet pancake topped with a homemade strawberry like jam and a strawberry cream cheese.  The cream cheese is extremely rich and almost overwhelming.  It definitely overpowered any of the nearly non-existent chocolate flavor this red velvet waffle was going for.  It is a neat concept, would be a great dessert, but not a breakfast item for me.


Another good creation at waffles. This is definitely NOT a first choice if you come to this restaurant. Anyway... It's a chihuahua cheese waffle sitting on top of a cluster of pork and lamb meatballs in a spicy tomatoes stew. First the waffle was extremely light, almost too light and airy. It has a subtle cheese flavoring but without much substance to it, it was difficult to taste. For a place being called waffles, I still expect so much more from them.  The meatballs on the other hand were great. Not much breading to hold it together means you actually are eating a meatball. The tomato stew tasted like it was cooked for hours... it almost reminded me of a spicy tomato cream served on pastas.   Unfortunately, despite tasting great, the sauce made the waffle extremely soggy after a couple bites.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Ask for cucumber water... They have both cucumber and lemon water.
- Also, share the red velvet waffles for a dessert if you really want it.  Otherwise, I would recommend to stay away.

- Don't order sweet waffles for breakfast unless you order bacon or sausage.  They go a little overboard with the sweetness and it becomes too much for even people with a huge sweet tooth

How far would I walk for this food?

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