L’eggo my Eggo! No, seriously: let it go. August 24 is National Waffle Day, and with so many local eateries crafting innovative waffle dishes, why settle for a thawed-out, square-pocked disc from the supermarket? Click through the gallery for our top five places to get your waffle fix.â€‹
The reigning champ of our annual Best Of Hudson Valley ballot is known for its superior Belgian waffles. But forget about the whipped cream and berries — these are the real deal. Named after the Belgian city Liege, this dish is actually a popular street food that you can nibble anytime, warm or cold. And not only is syrup not required, it’s discouraged: these waffles are made with pearl sugar, which gives them their signature sweetness and crunch. Though if you must dunk them in anything, we recommend chocolate (Belgian, natch).
Where to go: Pika’s Farm Table, Lake Katrine
Topped with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, granola, and dollops of sweet whipped cream, the Waistline Waffle at Strawberry’s Place in Nyack is a fan favorite (and one of our top Cheap Eats). But don’t let the fresh fruit fool you — there’s a reason why they call it the “Waistline.” Be prepared to (subtly) adjust your belt once you’ve cleared your plate at this breakfast-and-lunch-hotspot. Insider’s tip: bring cash, as cards are not accepted.
Where to go: Strawberry Place, Nyack
Let’s establish something right now: we’re proud to be people of the North — we’re Hudson Valleyites through and through, and nothin’s gonna change that. But once in a while, a decidedly Southern trend makes its way up here and we welcome it with open arms (…and forks… and knives). Such is the case with Frogmore Tavern’s chicken and waffles dish, which — with its honey-jalapeño butter and braised greens — will make y’all a Southern-foods convert right quick. Hallelujah and amen.
Where to go: Frogmore Tavern, Kingston
We didn’t name Brewster’s Clock Tower Grill one of our Best New Restaurants of 2014 for nothing. Its spin on the Southern favorite chicken-and-waffles dish — a “chicken-fried” rabbit atop herb waffles, roasted corn, and red-eye gravy — makes it one of the most delightful uses of local, farm-fresh fare. Remember to wash it down with one of the restaurant’s celebrated bourbons (choose from 30). You can thank us later.
Where to go: Clock Tower Grill & Bar, Brewster
If your shopping spree at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets has you all tuckered out, fuel up with noms from Waffle De Lys Food Truck. Find this warm-weather, wallet-friendly cart — which earned itself a spot on our recent Cheap Eats list — at the food court’s terrace area. Go ahead and treat yo’self to any of its Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream, dark chocolate, salted caramel, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Fun fact: French-born owner Lucie Dunan also has a shop in Hoboken, which offers more savory waffle options, like gruyère and potatoes. Ooh la la!
Where to go: Waffle De Lys, Central Valley