Determined not to relive our: A) underwhelming, B) depressing, c) disgusting…experience at Oxford Street Cafe from the previous week, Katie and I decided that come hell or high water we would find Crispy Waffle and have a REAL meal…dammit! Of course, if I would have bothered to double checked the address and NOT assumed I knew where it was, there wouldn’t have even been a review of Oxford Street Cafe.
But I did it for you. WE did it for you. Sacrificing our fragile minds for the betterment of suburban humanity, and RomeoVILLAINS in particular.
Crispy Waffle, located at 638 S Weber Rd #642, is in a developing area of Romeoville. That’s nice way of saying, “There ain’t shit else out there, yet.” It’s in a small strip mall area that also houses China China, and Cilantro Mexican Grill (review coming shortly). You can tell the surrounding area is going to be built up like mad though, because the ground has been razed, and “Retail lots available” signs mark the empty spaces. For all the folks who don’t want to drive to Bolingbrook, Romeoville is getting a Target in that area. Suck on that, world! We’re getting a Target!
So, short review: Crispy Waffle equals delicious.
The restaurant is open and bright with plenty of natural lighting. The atmosphere *feels* friendly and relaxed, if such a thing is possible. We were quickly seated, and our waitress was at the booth every few minutes checking to see if we were ready to order or had any questions.
The menu is wide and varied, making a choice difficult. There were plain waffles and specialty waffles. There are pancakes and oven-baked pancakes. I don’t even know what that means, but I’m willing to wait the 45-minute baking time to find out. There blintzes and French toast and crepes! Nutella-filled crepes! With a pleasant surprise, they even offer a vegetarian eggs benedict. What’s better? I’ve only covered 1/3 of the menu. You could make several trips to Crispy Waffle and still not repeat yourself. That doesn’t happen at a breakfast place often, especially if you’re vegetarian. You usually have the same few stand-by’s and nothing else.
My breakfast selection was the European Crepes, which were stuffed with Nutella chocolate and fresh cherries. That’s right, I said fresh. They were also HUGE. 3 of them filling a 12″ plate huge. Dusted with powder sugar and topped with more cherries, I was full before I was 2/3 done, but didn’t want to leave any behind. The crepes were light and fluffy, the cherries just the right level of tart, and the Nutella was chocolatey delicious.
Katie tried their chocolate chip waffles, which were done the proper way. The batter was filled with the chocolate chips, and it was generously doused in mini chocolate chips on top. The waffle was huge, and as the name of the restaurant says, crispy.
As a side dish we ordered some hash browns, which were grease free, and packed with red and green peppers, as well as onions. Quite tasty.
Some of the prices are a bit…uh…pricey, although that was mostly for their specialty dishes. The best part of the meal though, aside from the food, was that our waitress actually stopped by to talk to us about our meal. She asked what I thought of the crepes, because she has a customer who comes in every week and only orders that, but the waitress had yet to try them herself. It was just one of those things that made you think, “This place is pretty okay.”
You know how I know this is a good place? Writing this review made me hungry to go back. I’m upset that we didn’t go there yesterday or today, because now I want there Oven-Baked Large Apple Pancake. I must know what it is, and how it tastes. It’s large! With apples! And it’s a baked pancake! I must have it!
638 S. Weber Road #642
Romeoville, IL 60446
Open 7 Days a week 6 AM – 4 PM