Aug

10

2010

Taste Of Belgium: What A Waffle Should Be

Written By Caroline in Reviews

Taste of Belgium serves authentic Belgian waffles.

Taste of Belgium serves authentic Belgian waffles.

Taste Of Belgium: The Authentic Waffle

(In Findlay Market)
1801 Race St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.381.3280

(In North Market)
59 Spruce St.
Columbus, OH 43215
614.224.0986

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Plates
Hours: Mon: Closed
Tue-Fri: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
(Findlay Market Hours. North Market Hours Coming Soon)
Price Range: Waffles and Crepes: $3-7
Quiches, Pizza and Calzones: $5-20

www.AuthenticWaffle.com

Findlay Market Location:
Taste of Belgium on Urbanspoon

North Market Location:
Taste of Belgium on Urbanspoon

Lot’s of people don’t know what an authentic Belgian waffle is, or how it tastes. I’ve met people who thought it was no different than an Eggo waffle (shudder), and then there are the Brussels waffles that, thanks to language, have become “Belgian” waffles. But, the real kind are from the city of Liège in eastern Belgium (often appropriately referred to as “Liège-style waffles”).

In particular, my niece and nephew have never tried them before; they, like many, had thought that a Belgian waffle was simply a pancake with a checkered pattern imprinted in them. So I made it my goal to get them out of that rock they were under and to show them a real Liège waffle; the only place I know to get those around here is at Taste of Belgium in Findlay Market or at North Market in Columbus. Since Cincinnati is much closer to us than Columbus, off to Findlay Market we went.

I’d also like to make a side note: I really love Findlay Market – it’s the home of Dojo Gelato, Herbs & Spice, the soon-to-be Pho Lang Thang and several other great vendors. Some may dislike the openness of Findlay Market – but I love it. It’s worth a trip to Cincinnati every once in a while and, if you’ve never been and if you’re within 30-40 minutes of Cincinnati it’s worth checking out at least once. Thanks to cars, going anywhere between Newport and Columbus is pretty much a non-issue with me.

Anyways, these waffles that Taste of Belgium offer are great. I’ve been lucky enough to have them on several different occasions, and today I had the delight of seeing my niece and nephew go crazy for them too. I ordered the Liège waffle with chocolate syrup and whipped cream, Thomas and Adam got the same waffles but with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Always needing to be different, Katie got a banana and nutella (hazelnut/chocolate syrup) crêpe. I made sure she had a bite of my waffle before I dug in, and she had to admit that it was great, but that she also loved her crêpe.

A myriad of factors make these waffles special. The particular recipe (which includes imported Belgian beet sugar), the way they are made (a cast iron press), and their small size make them very special indeed. The cast iron press gives them their trademark shape and size, but also caramelizes the sugar gives them a rich, shiny, delicious coating.

These are very rich, dense, chewy waffles and are great plain or with chocolate, fruit, and many other toppings. If you don’t like very sweet treats though, these probably aren’t for you.

Taste of Belgium offers their waffles hot and ready to eat, or in packs of four to be taken home. Everything else is pretty much made when ordered. I can’t speak for their pizzas, calzones or any other items, but their waffles, crêpes and coffees are great. And even better, their price wont kill you – $4.50 for a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream, $6.60 for their lunch crêpes and $5 for the dessert crêpes.

Taste of Belgium Strawberry and Whipped Cream Liege Waffle

A Strawberry and Whipped Cream Liege Waffle.

Taste of Belgium Banana Nutella Crepe

The Banana Nutella dessert crepe.

The crêpes are a special bunch too – besides being just downright delicious. The crêpe batter features organic buckwheat flour – so it’s gluten free.

So what do you think? Too sweet for you or not sweet enough? Know of a better waffle place that we don’t? Let us know in the comments below!

Verdict: Go. Now.

These are a special type of waffle, and if you’ve never had them you have got to try them. They offer them to-go, which can be reheated in the toaster, oven or microwave (I suggest the oven or toaster). These waffles are rich and very flavorful – good enough to be eaten alone or you can smother them in complimentary toppings like fruits and whipped cream or chocolate. Taste of Belgium also makes great crepes and baked goods – although the baked goods (cookies, eclairs, muffins, etc.) can only be found at the Findlay Market location.

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