I cheated on breakfast the other day. The sugar-speckled, chocolate-drizzled, Eggo-sized pastry-of-wonder on my plate definitely classified as much more than breakfast. A meal characterized by soggy wheat and runny chicken embryos, breakfast was quite a different experience at Bonté Wafflerie and Cafe.
I stopped in at the main branch at 1315 Walnut Street, just a hop from Broad St. and across the way from Naked Chocolate Café. I ordered the Belgian Sugar Waffle with dark chocolate and walnuts.
The Belgian Sugar Waffle is the main specialty of Bonté, and can be eaten plain or with your choice of mix-ins (Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry, Pecans, or Walnuts). I was expecting something better than a frozen Eggo, but not much different from a standard Belgian. What I got was about the size of an Eggo, but far different.
The sugar-crystal-covered outside was crunchy and sweet—drenched in dark chocolate. Cracking through that layer brought an even greater surprise. The inside is soft and chewy as a muffin. The mix-ins are spread evenly throughout, making every bite incredible. It had all the makings of an amazing desert, but it still classified as breakfast!
I didn’t realize the secret to the Sugar Waffle’s amazing texture until I peeked behind the counter. They made the waffles with dough, not batter! Batter usually creates fluffy pastries (think pancakes and muffins), but dough gives the Sugar Waffle its heavy presence on your tongue. Rather than gulping it down, I chewed each marvelously dense bite.
Bonté also carries a wide variety of sandwiches and salads. The sandwiches are solid affairs, with thick slabs of cheese and interesting spreads like curry chicken salad. They also offer an extensive coffee menu with seasonally changing specials.
According to its website, Bonté began when its founder discovered Belgian Sugar Waffles (called Gaufré) in Brussels. Now with three locations, Bonté is spreading the love around Philly, making it three times as easy to be unfaithful to breakfast.
Bonté Wafflerie and Café
1315 Walnut St.
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