The morning ritual of breakfast mirrors the elegant cosmic dance of dawn, when the sun awakes to crack and scramble comets and then drink the Milky Way straight from the carton. Similarly rise and shine with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Belgian-style breakfast fare at Off The Waffle.
Named Best New Restaurant 2009–2010 by Eugene Weekly, Off The Waffle houses a menu pocked with authentic liège waffles crafted from scratch with mostly organic and locally sourced ingredients. The original liège waffle ($3) harbors pearled Belgian sugar that caramelizes throughout the doughy confines to lend the ironed treat its Walloonian flavor. Among savory liège waffles, the Goat in Headlights stops taste buds in their tracks with a shock of sunny-side-up eggs, goat cheese, avocado, and fresh herbs and spices ($8), and sweet liège waffles count The Beloved Bully, which comes garnished with Belgian chocolate chips and plump strawberries ($6). The menu also holds several vegan and gluten-free options, and options less adaptable as chessboards, such as the Lamb I Am—a dish of organic, locally raised lamb filled with creamy goat cheese and accompanied by mixed greens and homemade tzatziki ($6).
Founding brothers Omer and Dave, natives of Israel and former residents of Belgium, invite breakfast fiends to dine in a welcoming interior decked out in lively pictures of waffles sketched by children. Diners can shoot for a high score on the original Off The Waffle arcade game, the best arcade game about making waffles since Tetris.
Off The Waffle
When brothers Omer and Dave Orian moved to America after spending some of their childhood in Belgium, they started to dream about opening a shop that served the Liège-style waffles. Today the curly-haired duo—dubbed “Eugene’s Waffle Imperialists” by the Eugene Daily News—prepares their yeasted waffles across two Eugene locations.
To make Liège waffles, the brothers fold Belgium-imported pearl sugar into a brioche-like yeasted dough, caramelizing the batter in a cast-iron waffle maker before it’s crowned with sweet and savory toppings, like the goat cheese, avocado, and eggs of the shop’s Goat in Headlights waffle. The menu also includes sweet waffles, such as The Ol’ Banana Split. For the adventurous eater, try an “In-between” waffle like The Sweet Funk Machine, with pear, gorgonzola, cinnamon, and wildflower honey. Omelets, salads, and organic coffee round out the menu.