Kid Hit Menu Items: Just the mere mention of the name “The Waffle” in Hollywood is the hook. When waffles and palm-sized waffle FRIES hit the table, you’ve got line and sinker. The Wee Waffles is an ideal petit portion, and they look extra perky with a spare dash of rainbow sprinkles. We’re used to tart and yeasty waffles at home, so the relatively sweet and cakey batter is a special treat. Other kid’s menu items include the usual suspects: burger, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, mac n’ cheese. I suspect the waffle fries aren’t sliced fresh in-house, but that’s not necessarily a crime against French fries.
Adult Perks: The Waffle has a big laminated fold-out menu with breakfast all day. And waffles made any which way you could EVER want them, obviously. A meal here can be either a relentless starch-fest, or healthier options are available, too. I could have a bowl of fresh roasted green beans with cherry tomatoes in olive oil while my son managed bites of waffle in one hand and hefty fried potatoes in the other. The menu is full of insane pile-it-on indulgences (applewood bacon, cornmeal jalapeno waffles, “Double Wides” etc.) and the restaurant has a full liquor license with a semi-discrete bar upstairs in the mezzanine. Fret not, health conscious types; vegetarians and gluten-intolerants will be just fine here, too.
Pros: The Waffle’s circa 1970 color scheme that explores a spectrum of yellows, browns and oranges along with its retro graphics announces its laid back, groovy attitude for the post-Brady generation. When we’re not with our smallest kid who still needs a regular table/chair or booth setup, we like to sit at counters, and the Waffle has a good one. Otherwise easy-to-clean and spacious seating is plentiful. Dogs hanging on the patio can scarf down “Woofles.”
Cons: Like at Roscoe’s, just because the signature dish might be something that traditionally calls for syrup, don’t assume you’ll be given pure maple as default. Yuck. You pay extra for the good pure stuff.
Changing Station: No
High Chairs: Yes
Parking and Access: This part is kind of a bummer, especially in today’s uber-dense, construction-heavy Brave New Hollywood. There’s no validated parking in the midcentury steel and glass high-rise itself; look for the billboard above other businesses across Sunset Blvd. to locate the Waffle’s lot, which is accessed via an easy to miss, narrow driveway.
Other Tidbits: Restaurant competition near the corner of Sunset and Vine is fierce. You’ve got Go Burger, Bowery (not good for kids), Magnolia, Tender Greens (another place we like), among others including Hungry Cat. This is a better “Hey, there’s a parking spot and I’m hungry; let’s grab a bite at the Waffle!” spot instead of a go super-out-of-your-way for brunch solution. But between the big selection — especially the waffle fries that rank high on my list of Good Junk Food — and its non-stop hours and late service on weekends, the Waffle absolutely has its purpose.
6255 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; weekends, 7:30 a.m. – 3 a.m.