Are Waffles the New Bread?

Check out what our editors had to say

In our new series, Typing With Our Mouths Full, food editor Lesley Bargar Suter and associate editor Josh Scherer sit down at lunch to chat about a pressing (or not-so-pressing) food issue. Since we eat in front of our computers on the days we aren’t dining out, the conversations are typed frantically over IM, and our keyboards are now stained with sriracha and taco drippings. 

Josh Scherer says: (2:27:14 PM)
Bruxie’s opening in Santa Monica soon.

All their sandwiches are made of waffles. 

I don’t know if I’m down.

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (2:29:43 PM)
I understand non-bread-based sandwiches if the problem with the sandwich is the bread. But I think we’re finally starting to actually nail bread as a culture, so it seems to me now’s the time to embrace it.

But I also think people just like to say ‘waffle’.

Josh Scherer says: (2:33:01 PM)
There are doughnut-bunned burgers too. But maybe doughnuts are bread.

Maybe waffles are bread too. I don’t know.

I had a waffle gyro from a waffle-only sandwich shop and there was fake maple syrup in the batter and it tasted like a $13 Greek McGriddle.

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (2:35:13 PM)
I cannot stand behind a single critique of the McGriddle.

If I could infuse maple syrup into all my food items, I would.

Josh Scherer says: (2:36:20 PM)
You’re a monster.

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (2:40:31 PM)
My bigger problem with waffle sandwiches is the absorption factor.

Josh Scherer says: (2:41:06 PM)
Too much or too little?

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (2:41:13 PM)
Neither. Waffles tend to crumble when they absorb viscous ingredients. I feel like the integrity of the sandwich would suffer from any type of condiment whatsoever.

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (2:41:31 PM)
A bread’s crust acts as a barrier. I like my sandwiches saucy.

Josh Scherer says: (2:43:42 PM)
The waffle sandwich industry hasn’t tapped into how to utilize their geometry properly.

Imagine all those squares filled up with Russian dressing.

Waffle on bottom, Russian dressing, corned beef, sauerkraut, blanketed in Swiss cheese. And it would come with a fork and knife. That’s the world I want to live in.

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (2:45:29 PM)
I’m in agreement. 100%.

Someone call Micah Wexler.