After watching a segment on the Food Network about Wafels & Dinges food truck in New York, I was wondering how long it would take someone to start a waffle truck in LA. It has been a long wait, but finally there is a gourmet food truck serving up real Belgium “Liege” waffles in Southern California. Not only are they making killer fresh waffles but are also pairing it up with some great ice cream and toppings.
Lets start with the waffle. They make a traditional Belgium-style waffle called a Liege. The Liege waffle is made from dough so it tends to be a touch sweeter and chewier. This is not the waffle most restaurants serve in the U.S., which are made from a batter and are called “Brussels” waffles. This is only my second time eating a Liege waffle but I really like the crunchy exterior and chewy interior texture of it.
Waffles de Liege offers a number of different toppings like Nutella, chocolate, caramel, whipped cream and fresh fruit like bananas and strawberries. You also have the option to top your waffle with Fosselman’s Ice Cream. The ice cream is hand-made in LA and the truck carries several flavors at a time. There are no preservatives and it was extremely fresh.
Kim and I tried a couple of their waffles and ice cream combinations, a waffle with bananas, chocolate-covered strawberry ice cream dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup and one with fresh cut bananas, French Vanilla ice cream, powered sugar and Speculoos. We enjoyed the Speculoos the most. Speculoos is a spread that looks like peanut butter but tastes like a Belgian “biscuit” or cookie. That is because it is basically a gingerbread cookie turned into a spread. You have to try it. It is a great complement to the waffles.
I have a feeling Waffles de Liege is going to become very popular. Being new, they still have a few kinks to work out. Consistency was the only complaint I heard. One of the ones we tried from a friend was over cooked but the ice cream softened it up , so it was not a huge issue. The two we ordered were perfectly cooked so I am confident that they will straighten this out soon. I wonder if they would consider expanding their menu to include savory waffles in the future?