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Address: 3340 Gateway St, Springfield, OR 97477
Off the Waffle
Brothers Dave and Omer grew up traveling around the world, and as kids they spent time in Belgium. One of Omer’s first memories is of receiving a delicious Liège waffle from his kindergarten teacher in Brussels after a full day free of him causing a ruckus. Since our departure from Belgium, we obsessed over Liège waffles and the possibility of making their own some day.
In 2009, they spent time zig-zagging through Latin America and at some point realized that they would soon run out of cash, so in an effort to save up for another round of traveling they flew to San Francisco to begin looking for work. They bought a Honda Prelude for a $1,000 and started driving north. They really had nowhere in mind but our gut (our guts?) told us to stick with where we liked and that was the Northwest.
The menu is mainly waffles, Liège waffles-the best kind of waffles, sometimes called Belgian waffles. This shop, the third in a chain that began in Eugene, makes a tasty version using brioche dough and imported pearl sugar. They’re not quite as sweet as what you get at Waffle Window—pay 75 cents for B-grade maple syrup—but they do have that crisp-bordering-on-crunchy outer layer a waffle appreciator appreciates in the Liège. The savory ones are legit meals—the Caprese is fortified by half an avocado and surprisingly pleasant out-of-season tomato, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy drips yolk onto maple-kissed bacon—while the sweet ones deliver the midday sugar coma you presumably want when ordering the Overachiever with Belgian chocolate chips and ripe banana. The omelets are tiny, lightly fried and even more lightly stuffed, but they come with a waffle. Yummy waffles.