The great Leslie Knope (of Parks and Recreation fame) is credited with perhaps one of the wisest breakfast-oriented quotes ever uttered: “Everyone should love waffles. If they don’t, they’re crazy.” This rings true for anyone who has achieved waffle nirvana -- and for those who haven’t yet, these Seattle spots will get you one step closer.
Local 360 | 2234 1st Ave | 206-441-9360
Belltown brunch-goers need not look further than Local 360 -- which, you guessed it, is all about turning the best locally sourced ingredients into killer dishes on the daily. Between 9am and 3pm, the Washington Apple Waffle is the star of the sweet-tooth show. A local apple compote and housemade smokey bourbon caramel sauce top a fluffy, mildly tart Washington cranberry waffle. If you’re looking for a more savory waffle, the chicken and waffles is served with a maple pepper jelly for soul food with a kick and just a touch of sweet.
Red Cedar & Sage | 1501 Pike Pl #200 | 206-538-0377
Fork your way through a hefty Belgian waffle at Red Cedar & Sage. This spot’s prime bayview real estate makes brunch all the more luxurious as you gaze over a pile of fresh whipped cream and Pike Place Market-fresh fruit and out toward Bainbridge Island.
Shingletown | 2016 NW Market St | 206-782-5182
This favorite Ballard pub is now serving Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm, so you can catch an early Hawks game while chowing down on fried maple and herb-brined chicken atop a fresh Belgian waffle. Served with corn and agave sauce and smoked paprika maple syrup to take this classic comfort dish to the next level.
Sweet Iron | Multiple locations
Sweet Iron has done Seattle the great service of introducing authentic Liège waffles in downtown and Capitol Hill. The family-owned waffle stop uses local Shepherd's Grain flour to whip up a Brioche-style batter, which is then baked to caramelized perfection in a cast-iron Belgian waffle press. The result is a delicate crunchy creation that is a treat on its own, dusted with powdered sugar, dipped in chocolate, or done up with sweet or savory toppings. Try yours with Nutella, fruit and whipped cream, or even an ice cream sundae waffle with the works. Savory options include the standout brie and basil (with optional bacon).