By Leigh O’Connor.
Did you know waffles inspired Nike’s first pair of sneakers? American Bill Bowerman was watching his wife use their waffle iron in 1971 when he noticed the honeycomb shape of the waffle.
He realised it would be the perfect shape for the sole of an athletic sneaker and he actually used a waffle iron to create the first Nike sneaker sole – the Waffle Trainer.
As we prepare for National Waffle Day on Friday, March 25 here are five cafés to visit to devour everybody’s favourite brunch dish:
Tasmanian favourites and international flavours meet at Dalton Café on Victoria Street in Ulverstone. This Devonport eatery exudes a charming old-fashioned vibe of concrete flooring, timber table settings, Edison bulb lighting and shelves stacked with produce; while on balmy days the alfresco dining area and deck beckon to soak up the sun with a coffee.
Stop by on Friday for waffles topped with banana, maple syrup, lashings of whipped cream and ice cream; or perhaps fruits of the forest with housemade chocolate ganache.
Dalton Café waffles, topped with banana, maple syrup and lashings of whipped cream.
Community-minded café Extracted on Upper Heidelberg Road delivers a social conscience as well as great food to Ivanhoe diners. Nestled in a white cottage, this café is the place to linger over a brew and brunch plate while watching the world pass by from the bifold front window; while indoors projects a light and bright vibe of neon signage, blond wood and trailing greenery.
There are chocolate waffles on the menu sure to entice, with chocolate soil and sauce, fresh berries and vanilla ice cream; best enjoyed with a red velvet latté.
Sure to entice…chocolate waffles, chocolate soil, fresh berries and vanilla ice cream from Extracted.
Moonee Ponds locals relax and refuel at Six Points Café on Puckle Street. This well-loved neighbourhood hub buzzes with lively conversation as friends and family rendezvous for coffee and café fare with flair, in bright and breezy surrounds of white subway tiles, a vibrant wall mural and trailing greenery.
Drop in for freshly-made chocolate and honeycomb waffles, with chocolate and housemade honeycomb ice cream and bacon to celebrate in style on Friday.
Chocolate and honeycomb waffles, chocolate and honeycomb ice cream and bacon at Six Points Café.
Dine amongst beautiful blooms at The Garden Feast on Railway Avenue in Werribee. This family-run nursery and café sits in an oasis-like vibe of overhead trailing greenery, timber table settings and tiled floors, while fragrances waft in the air from the plants and flowers that can be seen from every corner.
Taste some of the produce available at the nursery on a seasonal menu, offering sweet treats like red velvet waffles, cream cheese, cherry sauce, beetroot jelly and chocolate crumble.
Drop by The Garden Feast for red velvet waffles, cream cheese, cherry sauce, beetroot jelly and chocolate crumble.
Simple and delicious fare and aromatic coffee await Prospect Vale foodies at Toast Café on Westbury Road. This Launceston café oozes rustic charm from the recycled timber outdoor tables and stools to an oasis of potted greenery indoors, offering the ideal spot to catch up with family and friends over all-day breaky and lunch bites.
If you wink and say ‘Toast chicken waffles’, expect to chow down on fried chicken on top of a Belgian waffle, with slaw, pickles and sriracha…need we say more!
If you wink and ask nicely, fried chicken waffles will appear on your plate at Toast.
Still looking for a waffle fix? Click here to find a café near you.