Alberta waffle (top), Farm Fusion waffle (bottom).
The Waffle Window is bomb. Like an explosion of maple syrup, sweet sugar, and a mountain of toppings just fell from the sky. This place does not have your usual goody-two-shoes waffles with fluffy whipped cream and sticky, fake maple syrup. The Waffle Window’s little window booth stands in the midst of the hustle and bustle of one of the most hipster streets in Southeast Portland, and although not an actual sit-down restaurant, the place has seating in the café it is jointed with and outdoor seating when the weather feels beau.
Clad in my un-hipster sweatpants and sweatshirt, I surveyed the menu while huddled in the rain. So many options were available: savory waffles with salads, cheese, or meat; dessert waffles like the nutella and banana combination and the blueberry cheesecake; chocolate-dipped waffles, ice cream sundae waffles; the list went on and on. I ended up picking the Alberta waffle—( FYI there is an Alberta Street location)—a waffle covered in thick strips of pepper bacon and doused with Grade A maple syrup. My typical preference of waffles never involved putting meat on it before, so this was novel.
The combination of the bacon and waffle could only be described as bomb-diggity. I could taste the sharp, spicy taste of the pepper, and it blended well with the rich maple syrup, giving it a smoky maple taste. Bits of granulated sugar sprinkled over the waffle, yet I personally found it more sugary and sweetened than my normal preference. Nevertheless, the waffle was crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside—absolute perfection.
So if your day feels a bit drab and gray, cheer up. At least it’s cloudy with a chance of scrumptious waffles.
Price range: 2-6 dollars
3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
2624 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Winter Hours for Hawthorne location:
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday)
8a.m.- 9p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Winter Hours for Alberta location:
8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.
Open 8:00 a.m. – 10:00p.m. Friday and Saturday