TIa B’s La Waffleria
Small wonder, then, that like James Mercer ditching the rest of the Shins, the waffles are making a go of it on their own. At Tia B’s La Waffleria, the waffles take center stage and are allowed room to experiment with form and aesthetics, resulting in the creation of surprising dishes. Imagine a timeline where humanity developed an entirely waffle-based cuisine, a sort of Belgium turned up to 11, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect from the Waffleria.
Imagine a timeline where humanity developed an entirely waffle-based cuisine, a sort of Belgium turned up to 11, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect from the Waffleria.
There are two basic strategies for acquiring your waffle-based meal. The first is a mix-and-match approach. Start with the basics: Will your waffle be of the traditional buttermilk variety? Or buckwheat? Or blue corn? Or perhaps something more exotic, like gluten-free rice flour or even coconut? Next you have some choices for items to either accompany the waffle or bake inside. Ever been frustrated at having to take separate bites of waffle and then bacon? Simple solution: Simply put the bacon in the batter, and enter a world of breakfast efficiency. Cherries, raisins, and various nuts are also available for the same treatment.
At this point you must make an important choice: Will you take a sweet or savory path with your waffle creation? If you have a sweet tooth, maple syrup, agave, various fresh fruits, and a selection of special house-made sauces (orange sour cream, port-infused cherries and even sweet goat cheese) are yours for the choosing. If you need something a bit more substantial and savory, how about carne adovada, green chile or Benito’s hot sauce? Finally, stick some eggs or ham on the side, and you’re ready to feast for somewhere between $6 and $12, depending on your choices.
With so many options, and with the overall quality of the waffles themselves being extremely high (I imagine that months of research went into finding a waffle iron that can get such a precise and perfect level of crispy-
Homer Simpson, that saint of middle-age doltery and unrestrained appetites, once mistook a waffle for God almighty. I’m not going to say that Tia B’s La Waffleria is quite worthy of tax-exempt church status. But I will say that I won’t blame you if you find yourself muttering “Mmm ... sacrilicious” as you take a bite of the crisp and golden morsels.
3710 Campus NE
Hours: 7am to 2pm Monday through Friday
8am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday
Price range: $6 to $12
Vibe: A cozy heaven
Vegetarian options: Yes
Gluten free options: Yes, and plenty of them
Extras: Shady outdoor seating
Weekly Alibi recommends: Azteca, waffle rancheros and the endless delights of the build-your-own menu