If, like me, your everyday breakfast consists of two Eggo waffles hastily eaten on the ride to work, a meal at The Waffle Iron is a particularly special occasion.
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When photographer Richard Gwin and I visited the pop-up restaurant inside Decade coffee shop at 920 Delaware St., we were so overwhelmed by the inventive, ever-changing menu of waffle creations that we decided to sample more than one.
The Waffle Benedict proved to be our favorite, though most of the menu — which switches up every week, on the whim of owner/waffle chef Sam Donnell — could easily take a spot in Off the Beaten Plate.
The savory Benedict waffle is piled high with all the ingredients of — you guessed it — eggs Benedict. How can you go wrong with ham, hollandaise sauce, perfectly poached eggs and a garnish of green onions?
Where to get it: The Waffle Iron, 920 Delaware St. The pop-up kicked off its three-month stint at Decade on Jan. 31. It’s open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What you’ll pay: $8.50 if you go with the leavened waffle, like we did. All waffles are $5.50 for leavened, $7 for buttermilk and $8.50 for the gluten-free option. The Waffle Benedict is one of the few exceptions — you’ll pay $3 extra for that one.
Try it with: A cup of freshly squeezed juice (I opted for a refreshing carrot-orange-mint beverage) or Decade coffee.
Also on the menu: A rotating selection of waffles, and only waffles. On the day we visited, there were about 10 to choose from, including a PB&J; waffle, a sweet potato waffle with ginger meringue, and a waffle topped with brown sugar maple syrup and bacon.
— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email reporter Joanna Hlavacek at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna