We don't even have to think about it—waffles are hands down the best breakfast food. They can be perfectly sweet, amazingly savory or both. They are fluffy vessels for berry compotes, chocolate spreads, fresh fruits and ice cream, and they're the perfect way to soak up all that maple bacon syrup. We're indulging in our favorite waffles in the city to celebrate National Waffle Day today.
Head to the South Loop to get a taste of both kinds of Belgian waffles. The one most Americans are familiar with is the crisp and airy Brussels waffle. The Liége waffle is a little more dense and sugary. If you can’t decide between the two, get the waffle flight and top it with blackberries, strawberries, bananas or hazelnut chocolate. $6.95–$13.95
This Logan Square eatery has an inventive daily waffle, which is always changing. In the past we’ve loved the buckwheat waffle with whitefish in a quail egg mushroom sauce or the blue cheese waffle with fried chicken. Market price
You’ve got to order up a batch of Fat Elvis Waffles. There is seriously nothing more heavenly than the banana peanut butter-butter combo. Top that with bacon maple syrup and it’ll be impossible to eat waffles anywhere else. $13
Here, the fried chicken and waffles is topped with sweet potato and pork belly hash. Pour some maple syrup over this dish and you’ve got the perfect combo of sweet and savory. $14
Short of a trip to Tennessee, Luella’s has the best chicken and waffles. The dish here is made with Nashville hot chicken and an apple cider waffle. $12
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The delicious Eggettes have made it over from Hong Kong, and we’re pretty happy about them. It’s like a big puffy waffle filled with air bubbles making it light and crisp, then topped with ice cream and whatever else your heart desires. $7
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