I've always known waffles come in many varieties. There's the frozen Eggo-type with an artificial, cloyingly sweet crunch. There are the Waffle House style waffles with a darker golden crust and cakey interior. Then there are the yeasted 'Belgian' variety with deep holes for hanging onto syrup, butter, Nutella, or whatever. There's even the super-thin Italian cookie-type made with cast iron molds over an open flame. At Taste of Belgium's two locations in Cincinnati, chef Jean-François Flechet serves what he calls "the authentic Belgian waffle." The recipe, which is native to Liège, produces a cake-like doughy pastry that reminds me of...well, it's tough to say.
Taste of Belgium
Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has developed dramatically in recent years—so much so that we were floored by the flood of enthusiastic eaters, long lines, and tight parking that's now the norm on nights and weekends alike. We ate our way through as many new spots as we could, and compiled some of our favorite bites for our very first OTR neighborhood guide.
Taste of Belgium makes phenomenal thick, sweet, chewy Belgian waffles, so it's no surprise that the company's expanded from a waffle cart to a bistro that's packed minutes within opening. We went beyond the waffles to this stunning, and indulgent, torte.