The place to seek out the very best waffles in Montreal
Did you know that the precursor of the waffle existed thousands of years ago? Several archaeological remains from antiquity prove that small wafers were cooked on stones or heated iron plates. Interesting to let your imagination run wild and imagine Jesus or Cleopatra brunching on a waffle on a Saturday morning. Without wanting to disappoint your inquisitive minds, the waffles that were eaten at that time had little to do with the ones we know today.
The word waffle made its appearance in Belgium and France beginning in the 18th century. The etymology of the word can be traced back to the Frankish word “Walfa”, meaning honeycomb. Today, the origin of the waffle is still hotly disputed between France and Belgium. Like Switzerland, we will remain neutral on this thorny debate!
And now, back to our waffles. There are few better ways to break a fast on a weekend day than with these delights. Crispy, spongy, savoury, or sweet, there is something for every taste. We tip our hat to the chefs who have, over the years, succeeded in offering variations on this classic that are each more tempting than the last.
Lucky for you, Montreal’s chefs are not lacking in creativity when it comes to revisiting this dish. That’s why we thought it would be useful to offer you a list of the best waffles in the city, from the classic French-Belgian version to the famous American “chicken and waffles” version.
Here’s a challenge: if you’re feeling up to it, why not try a savory version in one establishment and a sweet one in another as a dessert?
Either way, don’t wait around much longer, head to one of the restaurants below, and soon!
(The photo of the fried chicken and waffles above is a dish from Janine!)