It is an indisputable fact that there are few things in life more precious than waffles. These crispy cousins of pancakes are versatile treats that can come dressed with a simple dusting of powdered sugar, slathered with Nutella, drizzled with caramel, or done up in a savory style with piping-hot fried chicken. We’re here to argue that, although they are often constrained to the side of one’s plate, waffles are not simply a side dish but a full-on entrée.
As proof, we’ve searched near and far and rounded up our favorite Bayou City waffles. From cereal-topped confectionary marvels at Taste Bar + Kitchen to decadent, s’mores-inspired waffles at Jupiter Pizza & Waffles, there are plenty of ways to elevate your waffle game in Houston.
5161 San Felipe St
Located in the Galleria, Adair Kitchen plates made-to-order house waffles that are topped with strawberries and powdered sugar and served with real maple syrup, and that come in two batter options: standard Belgian or Adair’s special bacon batter, in which you’ll find pork bacon bits mixed in, adding another layer of taste. If chicken and waffles are more your speed, Adair Kitchen definitely delivers: it was voted one of Houston Press’s 100 favorite dishes in the city. Pro tip: Ask for bacon batter with the chicken and waffles for a symphony of great breakfast flavors.
8533 Beechnut St
This is one of Houston’s best-kept secrets, and there’s a reason that "waffle" is in the name of this hole-in-the-wall breakfast spot. Omelette and Waffle offers a big three that can’t be beat: a standard waffle topped in butter, a blueberry waffle served with bananas and whipped cream, and a Belgian waffle with strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream. None of them will disappoint.
3015 Bagby St
With a specialty in serving Southern comfort, Taste Bar + Kitchen is a city favorite. This Third Ward restaurant is the spot to visit to feed your appetite with its tasty spin on waffle dishes. Here, the popular breakfast item is not just a side dish but a full entrée experience. Choose between beloved chicken-and-waffle-style dishes or specialty waffles that are sweet and savory. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store with waffle options like pecan praline, Fruity Pebble, red velvet, and the house favorite sweet potato pie. You just might have to try them all.
With seven locations in the Greater Houston area, Sweet Paris is reviving the art of a sweet breakfast with French crepes and waffles. This restaurant is a blend of chic ambience, relaxation, and très magnifique waffles to die for. Sweet Paris offers diners five waffle flavors: plain, Nutella, dulce de leche, s’mores, and an apple cinnamon crème brûlée waffle. If you just want to add a little more sugary goodness to your dish, don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to any of your waffle choices.
16135 City Walk, Sugar Land
Make sure that you come to Jupiter Pizza & Waffle with an empty stomach and a large appetite. The restaurant has more than 10 options, with savory waffles like the Fat Bastard, which features Muenster cheese, maple sausage, and bacon. Or if you have a sweet tooth, you can order something like S’mores Please, a decadent waffle with melted chocolate, graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and powdered sugar, served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. If you want waffles with over-the-top recipes and delicious ingredient pairings, this is the place to go.