Whether it is winter or summer, spring or fall, L.A. foodies are always on the look out for something new and sweet. Something that says, “I really need to satisfy my sugar craving, but do so in a way that is both tailored to my tastebuds and is going to look really awesome on Instagram.” But where to go and what to eat to meet these complex needs?
One answer lies within that most delightful of delicious breakfast creations: the waffle. Los Angeles has a plethora of waffle joints to satisfy every desire ranging from Belgium waffles to waffle fries, waffle tacos to waffles with ice cream or even just your basic traditional waffle. And one of the best things about waffles is their versatility, whether it’s in a standard breakfast, a late night foodie call, or as dessert choice for your fancy-ass dinner date.
Of course with so many options out there, it could be overwhelming to find that perfect waffle, but I assure you that this list of 13 spots for the best waffles in L.A. will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, even if you’re not sure what that is just yet.
So let us wait no longer. Bring on the waffles!
1. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffle House
With chicken and waffles popping out from left to right on restaurant menus, who can deny the original spot where chicken and waffles originated in 1975? Just the name of the restaurant explains what they are most famously known for. The chicken really does compliment the waffle. With a very welcoming atmosphere, there is no problem enjoying brunch with a delight. There are various locations in LA you can go to. Even our own President Obama visited one, and mentioned their “outstanding chicken.” If you are living in Los Angeles and have not gone, then this is the spot you must try at least once.
6 locations in Los Angeles!
2. Shaky Alibi
If you are looking for a Liege waffle joint that will allow you to bring your pet, then this is the spot for you! Indigenous from Belgium, these waffles are made from scratch right in front of you. This waffle is made out of yeast dough, rather than batter and coated with chunks of pearl sugar, which leaves the waffle caramelized to perfection. There are also a variety of Belgium spreads from Nutella to specaloo (ginger cookie) that will have you wanting for more. Shaky Alibi is a great place to hang out with friends for breakfast or for a waffle ice cream sandwich run.
7401 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
3. Steampunk Coffeebar and Kitchen
With art on the wall and a hipster vibe, this place has plenty of the younger clientele, but it is still a must try. Personally I would love to try their carrot cake waffles, but their most famous entrée is “The Stack,” which comes with two waffles filled with a sunny side up egg, bacon strips, and fried chicken in between. If that hasn’t won you over, maybe the side of the sautéed kale will!
12526 Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607
4. Bru’s Wiffle A Waffle Joint
This place has everything: eggs benedicts served with mini waffles, waffle tacos!, churro waffles, and gluten free waffles. This is a must go to place for breakfast. Waffles scrambles are topped off with scrambled eggs and a choice of veggies, spicy beef, bacon and more to top that! It definitely has a big menu that contains waffles to choose from, so come with a big appetite. There is even a catering menu serving mini waffles for your own personal parties.
2408 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
5. Fred 62
Fred 62 is a pioneering diner that is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Fred 62 has been part of the Los Feliz neighborhood serving unique dishes for over a decade. This is the place to go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even a midnight snack. So don’t forget to save room for their Bossa Nova Waffle Sundae.
1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
6. Grand Café
Located inside the Omni Hotel with an overlooking view of the Moca (Museum of Contemporary Art) is the Grand Café. Grand Café serves $22 brunch buffet per person with unlimited egg dishes. They carry infinite and irresistible waffles that you must try. So when you need a place to stay remember that the Omni Hotel offers a package that includes a great brunch buffet that serves mouthwatering waffles.
251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For those of you who love a fancy meal with a romantic feel, this is your cup of tea. With their Sunday brunch menu recently added, you can now enjoy their irresistible waffles for that lazy Sunday morning.
8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California
8. The Waffle
Located on Sunset Blvd since early 2008, this place is not hard to miss with their very retro and bold look. Their pet friendly patio gives an unforgettable ambience. They have exquisite choices of waffles to choose from starting with their signature red velvet waffle, blueberry lemon waffle, tres leches waffle and even waffle fries. After trying one or two different waffles you might have to come back and enjoy breakfast and brunch a few more times.
6255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
To all the early birds looking for a place to get breakfast with a special kick come to Poppy+Rose. They are open at 6 a.m. daily with the exception of Sundays. Their chicken and waffles gives that early morning kick to start off the day with the spicy breading on the chicken.
765 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
10. More than Waffles
With the secret recipes of a family owned restaurant since 1975 this restaurant serves more than just waffles. Open everyday the Taft’s have made nothing but extravagant and extraordinary waffles. Although their menu has expanded, their waffles are a must try, especially the Ultima that comes with fresh strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, nuts and whipped cream. If you don’t believe me try it for yourself.
17200 Ventura Blvd #109, Encino, CA 91316
11. Orange Tree Café
This is a must stop location in Koreatown If you want a great waffle for a good price. You will not be ale to resist the Belgian Waffle served with bananas and strawberries topped with whipped cream that is drizzled in chocolate sauce and sprinkled with slivers of almonds.
3500 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90010
12. The Coffee Co
This family owned restaurant since 1978 has used the same recipe for their Belgium waffles. You can get their waffles plain, roasted, pecan, banana, chocolate chip, and strawberry. These waffles can also be served in a combo that comes with 2 large eggs and your choice of side: ranging from spicy chicken sausage, bacon, vegetarian sausage and more.
8751 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
13. Syrup Desserts
If you think comfortable chairs is all you need to feel at home, imagine having board games or other fun pass-time games to take part in while eating, but there is nothing better than playing a game of Jenga while having a scoop of jasmine ice-cream with your scrumptious choice of waffle. This is a great place to hang out with friends and beat them at a card game or board games. Not forgetting that with their offer of free wi-fi it makes a great place for a study session. With their astonishing variety of waffle entrees, spectacular prices and mouthwatering toppings, Syrup Desserts will have you coming back and staying late (they’re open till midnight!).
611 S Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
Have a favorite waffle in L.A. we didn’t mention that you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments below!