Wiffles in Santa Monica Signature Waffles

Chocolate Banana Waffle PendantIt’s all about waffles at Bru’s Wiffles – A Waffle Joint, a new place to have breakfast or lunch on Wilshire Boulevard near 26th Street. Here, waffles are served in familiar as well as unexpected ways – as slider buns, as pizza crust, folded over chicken curry salad or meatball marinara, and with chili and cheese.

This is a small, casual restaurant with fresh gerbera daisies on the blond wood tables and a big fork decorating a lemon-yellow wall, along with a panoramic photo of the signature pizza waffle. There’s Illy coffee and a display case of Breadbar Bakestudio croissants and muffins for those who just want a quick bite to go. A doggy water bowl and pots of bright red cyclamen outside the front door welcome guests into this family-friendly place.

The menu’s star is the light, eggy, sweetish Belgian-style waffle with big, deep divots. It’s served traditionally, with powdered sugar and syrup ($5.50), and for 95 cents each you can add toppings like fresh whipped cream, nutella, chocolate chips, ice cream, and nuts or sprinkles. The blueberry waffle ($9.75) is classic, the batter stained dark purple with berry juice, and more fresh blueberries on top.

“Bru style” waffles include the Chocolate Waffle Party ($9.95), two thin waffles with homemade buttercream, topped with Oreo cookies, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. There’s also a Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffle ($7.75) and The King ($8.50): a waffle topped with peanut butter, banana, and bacon.

The savory dishes on the menu use the same waffle in playful ways. As a pizza crust, the waffle’s sweetness complements the toppings’ flavors, but for pizza purists its thick, fluffy texture might need a little getting used to. Waffles are also served up with fried chicken, chili and cheese, meatball marinara, and in the popular sliders.

Non-waffle items are also on hand, including a granola bowl with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit ($6.95), sandwiches ($7.50), salads ($5.25 to $8.95), and a nondairy sweet potato soup

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