When it comes to breakfast carbs, little is more decadent than a waffle. Maybe you douse it in syrup, filling all the crannies, or perhaps it’s whipped cream and berries that are your toppings of choice. However it’s served, you’re in for a treat!
In North San Diego, local businesses certainly know how to dish out a wonderful waffle. Read on for a list from Yelp of the best places to snag one. By the way, International Waffle Day is on Mar. 25, in case you needed an extra reason to indulge.
Don’s Country Kitchen (Oceanside)
The breakfast booths at Don’s Country Kitchen are busy daily, but it’s worth the wait to try the old-fashioned waffles created with care. The Pecan flavor is on the menu regularly, as well as a simple, flavorful basic version. Seasonal local fruit is offered as well, and those fresh selections change depending on whatever is ripe. Family owned, with many items made from scratch, you can bring the whole crew, including man’s best friend, since this eatery is dog-friendly.
How about waffles for every meal? Then head on over to Boxd, a uniquely-styled restaurant inside a shipping container, complete with its own front yard in Carlsbad Village. It’s practically a street car named desire – and filled with waffle concoctions that’ll surprise your palate. Try the goat cheese, spinach and pepper waffle – it’s folded over so eat it like a sandwich. The sweet flavors get rave reviews, too, with the Nutella and banana combo chosen as a favorite among locals. This spot is kid-friendly, but there are no dogs allowed on that perfectly trimmed front lawn.
Mama Kat’s (San Marcos)
This “Best Breakfast,” award-winning San Marcos diner and pie shop serves old-fashioned or Belgian-style waffles to satisfy your breakfast sweet tooth. We suggest the Carmel Apple Waffles, topped with warm apple pie filling, whipped cream and drizzled with hot caramel. The menu also offers fried chicken and waffles. Here’s a little insider tip: for only $1.50 you can substitute your toast on any breakfast dish for, you guessed it, a waffle.
Stratford Court Café (Del Mar)
You’ll like this lovely little landmark with its Cape Cod style and cozy corners. Customer service is pro, and breakfast is served all day so you can get your waffles whenever! There’s a “W.O.W.” – waffle of the week, ask your server for details – and traditional Belgian or fruit-covered varieties. Dogs are welcome on the patio, just make sure they don’t go for your strawberries and whipped cream!
Cork Fire Kitchen (Temecula)
The Pecan Praline Malted Black Iron Waffle: need we say more? An absolute must-try, this waffle is created with Nutella, cinnamon-poached apple, sugar and topped with maple syrup. If you prefer to build your own customized creation, please do. Choose from a long list of toppings like blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, blackberries, raspberries, whipped cream or honey comb. Located at the Temecula Creek Inn, you’ll find the bright, sunny patio decorated in yellow with pristine views.
Trish Sanderson is the community manager and marketing director for Yelp North County San Diego. She leads the local community of Yelp reviewers both online and off.