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 $11, you get a gourmet waffles for two at Off The Waffle (up to a $24 value). The meal includes:
- Two signature waffles (up to an $8 value each)
- Two beverages (up to a $4 value each) or one 32-ounce pot of french-press coffee for two (an $8 value)<p>
Named Best New Restaurant 2009–2010 by Eugene Weekly, Off The Waffle houses a menu packed with authentic liège waffles crafted from scratch with mostly organic and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s liège waffles form the base of each signature waffle dish, harboring 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, and the Cyclops the Greek’s house-made tzatziki sauce covers a sunnyside-up egg, feta, and kalamata olives. The sweet liège waffles count among their number The Sweet Funk Machine, with pear, gorgonzola, and local wildflower honey, and The Beloved Bully, topped with Belgian chocolate chips, strawberries, and stolen lunch money.
Founding brothers Omer and Dave, natives of Israel and former residents of Belgium, invite breakfast fiends to dine in a welcoming interior. 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, and at a spot in Portland.
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.