The process for waffle making was established in Medieval times as a way of making large communion wafers. Since then, cooking a batter between two plates has yielded the modern-day confection that is the favorite of many. Whether you like them for breakfast with butter and syrup or as dessert with ice cream and fruit, there’s nothing quite like a hot-off-the-iron homemade waffle. From thick and fluffy Belgian to giant waffles made with cinnamon, you can enjoy a variety of waffles in Pittsburgh. Here are some great places to get a delicious waffle in Pittsburgh.
1707 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
With locations in Squirrel Hill and Oakland, Waffallonia has perfected the Liege waffle in the US. Made with special imported sugar from Belgium, Liege waffles have a sweet crisp outer layer with a light, doughy center. The Liege waffle is not just for breakfast. Waffallonia offers a variety of toppings so you can enjoy a waffle any time of day. Try the Namur which has bananas and Nutella or the Antwerp with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
2015 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
With locations in the strip district and Robinson, Deluca’s Restaurant is known for its great breakfast and lunch offerings and its classic diner setting. Among the favorite dishes on the menu is the Belgum Waffle Sundae (yes, they spell it a bit differently). This Sundae features a giant Belgian waffle topped with vanilla ice cream and your choice of blueberries, strawberries, warm apples, warm peaches or bananas. The tasty confection is topped with caramel and chocolate sauces finished with whipped cream and sprinkled with honey-roasted pecans.
60 21st St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
With locations in the strip district, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and Mt. Lebanon, Pamela’s Diner is famous for its crepe-style pancakes, but it also makes an excellent waffle. Pamela’s makes a crispy malted waffle which you can enjoy by itself with syrup, or you can add toppings. Options include walnuts, chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries or blueberries. Pamela’s is open for breakfast and lunch so be sure to go and get your waffle fix early in the day.
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Located in the South Side, Piper’s Pub is usually known for its traditional British food and pub atmosphere. On weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., however, Piper’s pub serves one of the best brunches in town with a mix of traditional British dishes and American favorites. Piper’s makes fresh Belgian waffles using a traditional recipe for a light and fluffy yeast waffle. You can enjoy it with butter and syrup or with Piper’s house-made berry sauce and whipped cream.
1224 3rd Ave.
New Brighton, PA 15066
Located in New Brighton, Waffles INCaffeinated is a breakfast and brunch restaurant known for having awesome waffles. Waffles INCaffeinated has crispy, buttery sourdough waffles that any connoisseur of waffles would appreciate on their own. However, you can choose from a huge variety mix-ins and toppings which makes for an endless variety of waffle experiences. If all of the choices are too overwhelming, you can try the monthly special which offers a delightful combination of gourmet toppings specially chosen by the chef.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.