Wafels and Dinges
I hate to be the bearer of bad news: what you thought you knew about your favourite place to have the “best” Belgian waffles isn’t actually the best.
You know all that time you spent waiting in a line of famished eager-beavers just waiting to get their grubby hands on those delicious waffles? I wish you could go back in time because you were so jipped.
The real question is, where can you get the best Belgian waffles? I’d normally say with a name like that, it only makes sense that you go to Belgium for them, and for those of you out in Europe, well you know what to do. Otherwise, hands-down my go-to is… the Wafels & Dinges waffle truck in New York City.
Wafels & Dinges, Dutch for “waffles and things”, joined in the surge of food truck popularity a few years ago. They serve two kinds of waffles: the Belgian waffle and the Brussels waffle. The Belgian waffle is glazed and crispy, whereas the Brussels is on the lighter and fluffier side. For those interested in the Brussels waffle, the right way to eat it (according to the Belgian) is just with powdered sugar.
Similar to any other waffle you’ve had, D&W offers your standard toppings; mainly fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, decadent chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. What makes this food truck so unique is the topping that hails all the way from Belgium: spekuloos. Spekuloos is described as a gingerbread spread, but I think it tastes more like crushed graham crackers. If you’ve ever had gaufrettes, they taste exactly like that. It’s a breath of fresh air in the waffle scene, and offers a little taste of Belgium I haven’t tasted anywhere else. Tidbit: after checking-in to W&D 10 times on foursquare, you automatically qualify for a free jar of spekuloos!
I’ve seen this truck on Eat St. featuring savoury waffles, though I’ve never actually seen anyone order them. The only one I can remember is the pulled-pork waffle – if you’re feeling adventurous, this seems like a must-try for you!
If you’ve got a mad craving for a Belgian waffle, but just want to taste its heavenly properties without overstuffing yourself, you can order the mini wafel for a mere $3!
Now you get your butt off your couch and make a run for the nearest Wafels & Dinges truck! You can follow them on Twitter to see where they’re located daily; from what I remember there’s usually one around Columbus Circle and another where Madison meets Central Park.