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Waffles not just for breakfast anymore

January 08, 2011|By Lisa Dupuy
(Roger Wilson )

Now that the holidays are over, you're probably spending less time at the malls. But if you do need to go to the Glendale Galleria and you love waffles, you may want to check out the new Goffles Waffles tucked away in a little corner on the third floor near Nordstrom.

Lately, I've noticed a trend of waffle-based cuisine popping up here and there, and I've been understandably curious. How can they possibly take this golden king of the breakfast table out into the brighter light of day and perhaps into the darkness of evening? Well, by adding things like Nutella, cheese, chocolate and all manner of sandwich fixings. Is it a successful metamorphosis? I'll let you be the judge of that. Let me simply tell you what you'll find at Goffles (short for "waffles on the go").

The most commonly ordered item here is their Grilled Nutella ($3). This makes sense because sometimes, when your feet are dragging at the mall, all you really need is a sweet pick-me-up. The waffle is folded in half and re-grilled with Nutella (or cheese or peanut butter) in the middle. The Nutella's creamy chocolate and hazelnut flavors are a natural complement to the fresh-cooked waffles. They always have small samples of it if you want to taste it first. They also have Waffle Stix ($2) that are pre-made and warmed up, so the waffles are not the freshest but they're kind of fun with fillings or coatings like cheese, ham, chocolate and cinnamon-sugar.

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If you're feeling adventurous (and hungry), challenge the employees' sandwich-making skills by ordering a Sandffle. The experience is very much like going to Subway except instead of a 6-inch long Italian roll, your sandwich comes on two 5-inch square waffles. Inside is a mile-high stack of lunch meat (such as roast beef, turkey or ham), cheese (like cheddar or provolone), tomato, red onions, romaine lettuce, green pepper, cucumbers, pickles and jalapenos with your choice of mustard, ranch dressing, mayonnaise and/or olive oil. I chose roast beef, cheddar and olive oil along with every vegetable possible, and it was quite fresh and healthy-tasting. Not a bad option in the world of mall fast food.

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