If you look closely at restaurant menus, great waffles are a little harder to find than pancakes. Perhaps it's because they're a bit fussier to make, or require a special piece of equipment. Still, when it comes to breakfast treats, there are few we love as much. Not only can the waffle's batter vary wildly, but its crispy crenellations make a natural home for a seemingly unlimited variety of toppings and condiments. While hitting the open road, tasting and gathering recipes from iconic diners and local mom & pops for our new book America's Best Breakfasts (out now with Clarkson Potter), Lee Schrager and I came upon some of the country's most delicious iterations of this classic morning staple.
Here are five of our favorites:
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1. The Griddle Cafe, Los Angeles: At this classic Los Angeles joint, proprietor Jo Kimberley (thankfully) doesn't know how to under-accessorize her food. That's certainly the case with her Strawberries & Cream Waffle: a crispy, airy waffle topped with fresh berries and a brown sugar-sour cream topping.