Waffles. As every Parks and Recreation fan knows, they're the best thing in life. But with so ways to eat them, and so many places in London to choose from, where do you go to get your waffle on? We've picked some of the finest examples in town.
Fried chicken on waffles has become a definite thing in the last couple of years, and there are lots of places serving a variation on a theme.
Our favourite is from The Breakfast Club, which teams buttermilk fried chicken with a sage waffle, then adds gravy, maple syrup, half a grilled lemon, a handful of greens and a knob of chilli butter, which lends a hint of heat without overpowering the dish. It's like being wrapped in a huge blanket and spoonfed comfort. Various locations
Bea Vo might be best known for cupcake heaven Bea's of Bloomsbury, but Stax in Carnaby Street is her homage to the American South. Buttermilk goes into the chicken batter and the waffle, which comes with maple syrup on the side. 1st floor, 1.7 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
Foxlow layers a fried egg on top of fried chicken, which itself rests on a croissant waffle. It's more buttery than a traditional waffle but you can only get it during brunch (weekends, 10am-3pm). Various locations
Hotbox in Spitalfields does a Belgian waffle with fried chicken and maple syrup, and adds truffle salt for a delicious brunch treat (weekends, 11.30am-4pm). 46-48 Commercial Street, E1 6LT
Waffle On tops its buttermilk waffles with a tangy spicy southern fried chicken breast and maple syrup. We also highly recommend the egg and bacon, which is so crisp it snaps in two. Waffle On is street food but can always be found at Maltby Street Market on weekends. Maltby Street Market / various
Just because you're eating waffles, it doesn't mean you have to be in some kitschy dessert bar or hipster joint. Waffles have reached the pinnacle of sophistication.
Jason Atherton's Berners Tavern is about as far from tavern-y as you can get. Situated in the five star London Edition hotel, savour hazelnut waffles with berries and cream in this opulent setting. They're available for breakfast on weekdays between 7am and 10.30am and for brunch on weekends between 9am and 4pm. 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
It would be remiss to have any list of waffle recommendations without Duck and Waffle, at the top of the Heron Tower and open 24/7. Enjoy the stunning view with the restaurant's signature crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup and waffle, or go for breakfast/brunch and be spoiled for choice. The Full Elvis or ox cheek doughnut would probably be our pick. 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Cocktail specialists The Alchemist also serve up Belgian waffles with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla ice cream (or eggs, maple syrup, bacon and butter if you're there for breakfast), which we can heartily recommend pairing with a Smokey Old Fashioned: Woodford Reserve whiskey, maple syrup and smoke. Actual billowing, mofo-ing smoke. But maybe not for breakfast. 6 Bevis Marks, EC3A 7BA
Dining at Bellanger in Islington feels a lot like stepping back in time to 1920s Paris. You can get waffles with bacon or maple syrup for breakfast any day, or go for brunch at the weekend for two extra options: blueberry compote or caramelised banana and chocolate. Oh, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for adorable photos of their canine customers. 9 Islington Green, N1 2XH
Taking you straight back to childhood, these are waffles to satisfy a sugar craving.
It could be easy to sneer at Wafflemeister, with its Oxford Street and shopping mall outlets, and marshmallow and Oreo toppings. But it claims that its Liege waffle recipe dates back to the 1950s. We can't vouch for that, but the waffles are soft and chewy, with gently caramelised sugar on top. Delicious. Various locations
Is what Dhan Waffle creates a waffle or a doughnut? Who cares, they're gorgeous. Little egg shaped delights from Taiwan, find them at Maltby Street Market every weekend and choose toppings from honey, salted caramel, vanilla custard, peanut butter, peanut brittle and Nutella. Maltby Street Market
Waffle On, as well as doing savoury treats at Maltby Street Market, has a line in sweet waffles too. You could say they're waffly versatile (not even sorry). Try a traditional chocolate sauce with vanilla cream, or seasonal fruits and berries with Greek yoghurt and honey, and we'll go so far as to say we'd have the goats cheese, blueberries, figs, honey and blueberry coulis for dessert, too. Find them every weekend at Maltby Street Market, and the sweet versions tend to be the primary offering at other locations — try special markets at the Southbank Centre, street food events or ice rinks. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Maltby Street Market / various
You can also get waffles at many gelaterias and dessert bars — try one of the various Snowflake, Scoop or Amorino stores, or Kula Cafe on James Street for waffles that border on freakshake proportions.
Gluten free waffles
If you're intolerant of gluten, you don't have to miss out. The Good Life's three London outlets do a waffle made with chestnut and almonds, topped with apple and blackberry compote, plus cinnamon-sprinkled mashed banana and coconut yoghurt on the side. Not only gluten free, they're also dairy free. The waffles are on the hearty side, so come hungry. 20 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB / 59 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DH / 69 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PH
Ollie Dabbous's Barnyard offers buckwheat waffles with caramalised bananas and smoked maple butter, but for brunch only (weekends, 11am-2pm). 18 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LZ
You can also request a gluten free option at Duck and Waffle.