leave your inhibitions at the door
Alternate Title – The weirdest restaurant review you’ll ever read…
I’ve been meaning to do a write-up on this place, but was feeling bored with my usual format. Also, I’m not sure what to think about it. So I’m giving you, gentle reader, a chance to see what’s going on in my head – the good, the bad, and the bizarre.
Ann Arbor Dining
The Wafel Shop is a fairly new Belgian-style casual waffle place in Ann Arbor. It opened back in late January and we went there the first week it opened. We loved the concept but didn’t love the execution. We chalked it up to their needing to work out some kinks. Recently, we went back with for a quick, casual brunch.
Ann Arbor casual food
They have two standard types of wafels. The Brussels is what I normally think of when I think of wafels. (Actually, I don’t think about wafels – I think about WAFFLES.) That one is crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. The Liege is dense and chewy with big pearls of sugar in them. You can trick them out with a number of different toppings – nuts, fruits, sauces, syrup, gelato – or you can choose from their own combinations.
Ann Arbor dining guide
Here’s what I’m thinking…
a mind is a terrible thing to paste
Pro – An indie-owned casual eatery that ISN’T Korean or Indian, like the last 30 places that opened here in Ann Arbor.
Con – On the first visit, it took twenty minutes to get the damn waffles. And the bacon was cold. Like pulled out out of the fridge cold.
Pro – On the recent visit, everything came out in less than 10 minutes! And the bacon was room temp.
Con – WTF!!?!?? You’re making me wait until we get all our food to give me my coffee? Can’t you just pour it and let me savor it while I wait?
Con – And stop giving me the stink-eye.
Pro – The Jarvis was spectacular – bacon, butter, pecans, powdered sugar.
Pro – The Flanders was even better – strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, whipped cream
Con – The Jarvis was $9. The Flanders was $11.
Pro – Everything is made from scratch using locally-sourced ingredients like Frog Holler produce, Calder Dairy, and Zingerman’s coffee.
Con – Very limited seating.
Pro – I think Mean Girls is on cable.
Pro – Vegan and Gluten-free versions are available.
Pro – I’m neither vegan nor have an issue with gluten.
Con – My shoulder still hurts from “tennis.”
Con – On the second visit, the damn hipster in front of me ordered the Gluten-free version and it took a long time to make.
Pro – Some interesting combos I want to try. Like the WBLT (bacon, mixed greens, tomato, garlic aioli, served as a sandwich) and the Luxembourg (fresh goat cheese, arugula, balsamic).
Con – No beer. Not that many people think of beer and waffles as a combination. But hell, doesn’t that sound good? Maybe with some peanut butter on there?
Mean Girls wasn’t on, but it’s a good thing I have it on DVD. As for The Wafel Shop, what do YOU think?