(This post is in honor of my Dad!)
After our time in Normandy we decided to drive to Belgium for some good food: waffles, fries and chocolate! How could we not? We live so close… 9 hours away! Haha! (Belgium was only 4-5 hours from where we were in Normandy.)
When I was younger and our family would go to a restaurant that served breakfast, my Dad would always ask for a Belgium Waffle. He would then proceed to tell the waitress or waiter that the waffle had to be soft on the inside and hard on the outside. I always thought it a pain when he would ask for something specific that clearly would not be what would appear on his plate by the looks of the menu or the look on the waitress’s face! I should have just asked my Dad, when I had the chance, why he wanted a waffle like that. (Mom, please share why? I am assuming it was because of your time you spent while living in Germany?)
When I was planning our trip, I planned our city visits according to the food we wanted! Waffles in Antwerp, chocolate in Brussels and fries where ever we could find them! So, our first stop was Antwerp. I did my research and I can almost guarantee you, we found the BEST Belgium Waffle on the planet in Antwerp!
The Van Hecke Waffle House! It is a very small restaurant that has been around since 1905. It is the real deal! The gentleman that helped us was so kind and really helped us have a lovely experience! They only have 5 waffle irons, so it took them a little time to get all the waffles made and brought to us. Man, oh man! I hope your mouth waters as you look at these photos, because, honestly, I would get in my car right now and drive 9 hours to wake up to this waffle for breakfast!
Aaron, Austin and I got a waffle with vanilla bean ice cream and their homemade chocolate sauce, that was so rich and delicious! AJ and Tristan got a waffle with vanilla ice cream and strawberry sauce, plus, whip cream! Jack and Sophie got a plain one with ice cream. The chocolate sauce was too rich for Austin, but Aaron and I enjoyed every last bite. Oh, so yummy! We noticed many waffle shops in Belgium and people would just walk around with a plain waffle in hand as a snack.
You were absolutely right Dad, hard on the outside and soft on the inside! I thought of you every bite I took and I wish we could have enjoyed it together!