This Friday, March 25, grab some maple syrup and butter and celebrate International Waffle Day the right way at one of these top waffleries.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, (941) 388-7539, blueroostersrq.com
Blue Rooster brings the South to the Rosemary District. In honor of International Waffle Day, be sure to order the fried Chicken and waffle. This plate of comfort comes piled high with a fresh Belgian waffle and a spicy fried chicken wing, breast and leg, served with peppered fruit jelly and whiskey maple syrup.
17 Fillmore Drive, Sarasota, (941) 556-9261, crispwafflecompany.com
An entire restaurant dedicated to waffles? Sign us up! Whether you love chocolate, berries or bananas, St. Armands’ Crisp Waffle Company has you covered. Perhaps the standout waffle on the restaurant’s menu is the Monte Cristo on the Beach Sandwich—sliced black forest ham and turkey, along with melted cheese and berry jam sandwiched between two gorgeous Liege waffles and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
1461 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 260-9531, thefatdonkey.com
Who said waffles are just for breakfast? It definitely wasn’t The Fat Donkey. At this funky little ice cream shop on Main Street, you can enjoy your choice of ice cream stuffed between two toasty waffles—the perfect juxtaposition of temperatures—with the warm waffle ice cream sandwich.
6056 N. Lockwood Ridge Rod, Sarasota, (941) 404-8815; 2053 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, (941) 451-2832; 4726 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, (941) 306-3103; metrodiner.com
Metro Diner makes it possible to have your cake and eat it too—for breakfast. The chain offers a menu of traditional American eats and some with a little more pizazz. One of those dishes is the red velvet waffles, a red velvet-infused Belgian waffle garnished with fresh, sliced strawberries, cobbler crumble and a drizzle of cream cheese icing.
4031 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 922-2868, theoriginalegg.com
Tucked into Clark Road, The Original Egg dishes up a waffle that marries flavors from two of our favorite seasons. The sweetness of summertime peaches meets the crunchy, nutty flavor of pecans and the subtle spice of cinnamon sugar. All this sits atop a Belgian waffle—and don’t forget the whipped cream.
6656 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, (941) 792-3970; 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 405-4744, sagebiscuitbradenton.com
Get decadent at Sage Biscuit Café, which is plating up bananas Foster waffles. The golden brown waffle comes topped with sticky, caramelized banana slices and walnuts, drizzled with brown sugar syrup.
6517 Superior Ave., Sarasota, (941) 312-5192, thebestboba.com
Say hello to the Puffle Waffle. After originating in Hong Kong and growing in popularity across the U.S., these popular street snacks are now available in Sarasota. At Teas Days, these egg-based, bubblewrap-esque waffles are packed with ice cream and a variety of toppings that will make your head spin.
430 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 388-7728; 6621 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota, (941) 552-6485; toastedmangocafe.com
Get a taste of the tropics at Toasted Mango Cafe. Order the Toasted Mango waffles and you can expect to receive a warm, fluffy Belgian waffle topped with bright, fresh mango slices, toasted coconut flakes and dollops of whipped cream. And with its cozy indoor setting and a dog-friendly patio, you can enjoy your breakfast or brunch with your two- and four-legged friends.
5737 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 921-6599; 603 67th St. Circle, Bradenton, (941) 747-6634; 2400 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, (941) 357-6352; 1515 51st Ave. E., Ellenton, (941) 723-1177; wafflehouse.com
The one. The only. The Waffle House. Choose from a classic waffle, one studded with chocolate or peanut butter chips or (our favorite) the pecan waffle. A side of hash browns is a must.