A Waffle Does Not Make Good Sandwich Bread (and Other Thoughts)

I received a Groupon in my in-box this morning (why I still receive Groupons in my in-box is another conversation) for a place called “Red Maple Café”. A rather generic attempt at an Americana tavern/eatery type name (the trend these days). Obviously not drawing the people they expected, if they are putting out a Groupon.

The photo included with the Groupon was of an ill-conceived sandwich, a meat of some kind — probably smoked heritage pork belly — suspended between two waffles. Making matters worse was a sprig of cilantro sitting ominously close to the meat.

A waffle does not make good sandwich bread.

I was in Hollywood a few nights ago and passed the famous eatery, Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles. Fried chicken and waffles are a surprisingly good combination, although I do wonder if they weren’t somehow culpable for spawning sandwiches with waffles for bread.

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I actually purchased a Groupon awhile back for a poke bowl joint. I took my 8-year-old daughter, Imogen, for lunch there one day. The bowls were quite good, but there was nobody in the place. That’s because there are too many poke bowl restaurants. You can have a lot of pizza joints, but how many poke bowl joints can any one community sustain?

I was at the elementary school, walking Imogen to her class, and was chatting with her friend Myla, who was upset she didn’t get a pineapple backpack. “Pineapples are kinda the thing this year, aren’t they,” I said.

“Yeah,” she replied. “They’re everywhere. And flamingos. Last year it was narwhals and rainbow unicorns.”

The food world has trends, too. The aforementioned American tavern/eatery, for example, serving pork belly bahn mi sandwiches and house-cured charcuterie with house-fermented pickles. I wonder what it will be next year in the food universe?

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I was busting up a cauliflower the other day to make some Indian pakora, when it occurred to me what a weird thing a cauliflower is.

“What the hell is this thing?” I said to myself, suddenly perplexed after a half century of eating them without even thinking about it. Is it a flower? It’s more like a mushroom than a plant. Cauliflowers have become quite a thing lately too. People are frying them every which way, much like I was for my pakoras. I’m not totally immune to trends.

I wonder if anyone is frying cauliflower and putting it on waffles for a sandwich?

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gregg
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 18:21:27

    I ate at a neighborhood cafe recently and had eggs benedict (with smoked salmon instead of bacon) on a waffle. It was OK but I didn’t exclaim OMG that’s the best combination ever. Sometimes the basic traditional version is best – waffles with maple syrup.


  2. andreathompson2
    Oct 23, 2018 @ 21:52:26

    Yeah, Gregg, and tons of butter!


  3. Kali
    Oct 24, 2018 @ 03:31:47

    So cute and funny. Waffle bread! Oh no. :/ Pineapple backpacks! 🙂


  4. Conor Bofin
    Oct 25, 2018 @ 15:13:38

    I blame the people in Groupon for being stupid. Anybody who would allow a waffle sandwich place run on their platform is cracked.


  5. Amanda
    Oct 26, 2018 @ 16:41:50

    The only thing that comes to mind that “might” be okay sandwiched between waffles is a combo of peanut butter, bacon, and some sort of spicy-sweet asian sauce…. But that’s pushing it.


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