The Dish: De B Too Mosselwafel ($14.50)
What It Is: A puff pastry filled with Prince Edward Island mussels and pressed in a waffle iron. It’s served with pesto, marinated celery, frisée, and dill sour cream.
What It Tastes Like: While sporting Jay Z-like deep pockets of golden brown crispness, these savory, stuffed waffles are fierce like Beyoncé and light, chewy, and flaky like a croissant.
The Story: “We don’t eat waffles in the morning in Belgium,” owner/chef Bart Vandaele says dryly, “but we eat them as an afternoon snack.” What Americans know as Belgian waffles are a variation of Brussels or Liege waffles in Belgium, and they’re usually smaller than the monstrosities at Denny’s or IHOP. “We’ve been doing stuffed waffles at my other restaurant, Belga Cafe, for the last nine years. We like to push the envelope.”
Weird Waffles Bonus Round: If you like mussels in your waffles, also try the blood sausage-stuffed waffles served with caramelized apple, apple sauce, and vincotto cream.
This article was previously published in Washington City Paper.
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