I'm a sucker for a good breakfast spot, so when we heard about Waffles, INCaffeinated we knew we had to check it out. With several locations around the city, this is a casual, brightly colored joint with lots more on the menu besides waffles if they aren't your thing- but the waffles are definitely the main attraction.
Waffle Options Everywhere
Having read about wait times of 30-60 minutes on weekends, we decided to go for a weekday lunch when it was much less crowded; we were seated right away.
The menu is pretty large, especially for a seemingly simple concept like waffles. But there are waffles with sweet and savory fillings and toppings, omelettes, sandwiches, and crepes. There's even a list of toppings if you're more of a DIY person and want to build your own waffle from the ground up. Also of note is that gluten free waffles are available upon request.
The first time I went I tried a specialty waffle, the Benny. This dish starts with a half waffle and is topped with ham, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and even a few dollops of crab meat. I was impressed with how much flavor the waffle itself had- it wasn't dense or heavy but very light and yet rich. The toppings were nothing too special but it was fun mopping up the runny egg yolk and hollaindaise sauce with the waffle.
On my second visit I tried the Breakfast Magic waffle which I liked better than the Benny. Green onions, cheddar cheese, and bacon pieces were baked into the waffle, while bacon, cheese, an egg, and sour cream topped it off. I was worried the waffle would be too rich to finish, but the amount of toppings was just right for the size of the waffle. Our waitress recommended topping the waffle with their bourbon syrup, which was oddly delicious.
All in all, Waffles INCaffeinated is a solid brunch or lunch spot- I just don't know if I'd be willing to wait in line for an hour for a waffle. But when I can get in right away and am craving a waffle, I can't ask for anything better.
Waffles, INCAffeinated has multiple locations around the city including in South Side, Downtown, Wexford, and Beaver. We visited the South Side location for this review which is located at 2517 E Carson Street.
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