Anytime is the right time for waffles

We've all been there. It's 3 a.m. on a Tuesday and the craving hits for authentic Liege-style Belgian waffles. What's a Eugenian to do?

Before we were out of luck because Off the Waffle shut down at 1 a.m. No longer.

The entrepreneurial Orian brothers' latest venture is a 24-hour street cart on 13th Avenue, just east of Ferry.

Night owls and inebriated college students rejoice.

I made a recent 1:30 a.m. trek to the car to see how it stacks up. They may not have a foundation under their waffle iron, but they still turn out a mean treat.

My waffle was a delicious sweet and savory combo. The sweetness came from the caramelized sugar in the waffles, although it was balanced nicely by the yeast-flavors in the dough.

The brave graveyard-shifters at the cart stuffed it with goat cheese, pistachios and cardamom. It's called The Habib, and it's delicious.

When I say brave, I mean it. The two guys working this night often work the overnight shift. Having lived just a few blocks away, I can attest that some interesting characters wonder through the neighborhood late at night.

I imagine it can also get a little boring. They told me they get a lot of cleaning done between four and six a.m. when business gets pretty slow.

Brothers Dave and Omer opened the original Off the Waffle at 7th and Van Buren back in February and it has since become one of the most talked about hot-spots in town.

Their Web site touts their waffles as Liege-style. That is different from a Brussels-style Belgian waffle, which is what most of us think of when we think about Belgian waffles. The Liege waffle is made with a yeast-based flour and special sugar that caramelizes throughout the confection.

It's a safe bet the new street cart will be a hit among the campus crowd. Expect a line around the time Max's closes.

Back when the the original store was taking off, my colleague Laura Rillos sat down and talked with the Orian brothers. Check out her story.

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