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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:00 am

Having been around since 1982, most locals have at least heard of Belgian Waffle Works. It has passed hands a few times since it opened but has always been a staple restaurant at the Lake Arrowhead Village.

The current owners, Joon and Jeanie Kim, are a pair of entrepreneurs who bought the restaurant in May of 2016. They’re also the first owners who didn’t work there before buying it.

“Jeanie and Joon have really embraced it, and they haven’t tried to change hardly anything except to make it more efficient, so we’re very happy to have them,” said Jessica Mistretta, manager of the restaurant. “They’re doing a really good job and I work really closely with them.”

Mistretta said the changes Jeanie and Joon made have brought weekend and summer wait times down from over two hours to less than an hour. They have always reduced the wait time for food from 45 minutes down to around 15 minutes.

When I visited, I was seated immediately and my food was out before my brief interview with Jeanie and Mistretta was even over.

I had the Belgian Breakfast, Brussels Belgian and Ultimate Grilled Cheese Special. Mistretta said the Belgian Breakfast and Brussels Belgian are two of the top sellers.

 

Belgian Breakfast

This one came with their strawberry banana royale waffle, breakfast potatoes with bell peppers, eggs, and applewood smoked bacon.

The potatoes were cooked and seasoned to perfection and the scrambled eggs were light and fluffy. While I prefer soft bacon over crispy, the crispy bacon was delicious. I’ve had applewood smoked bacon before, but nothing like this. It was definitely among the best bacon I’ve ever had.

The waffle was topped with powdered sugar, sliced bananas and strawberries, and whipped cream. Without toppings, the waffle was fluffy on the inside and cooked just right on the outside. The strawberry and banana combo tasted great and now it will be hard for me to have a waffle with only one or the other. As someone who normally drowns waffles in syrup, I can tell you this meal needs little to no syrup.

 

Ultimate Grilled

Cheese Special

This grilled cheese comes with waffle fries. If you haven’t had them before, they’re better than regular fries in every way. For me, the size, shape and texture are more appealing than typical fries and waffle fries just taste better. These fries also seemed seasoned. It is hard to get fries wrong, but equally difficult to make them exceptional. These fries definitely fell into the exceptional category.

The grilled cheese sandwich itself has avocado, tomato and parmesan encrusted bread. Admittedly, it was a little overwhelming on the avocado, but it’s a good sandwich overall, especially for cheese and avocado lovers. Try dipping the sandwich in ketchup; that was a surprisingly nice addition. 

 

Brussels Belgian

This is a Monte Cristo style sandwich with waffles instead of bread. It comes with ham, turkey, and swiss cheese in the middle and powdered sugar on top. There are strawberries, syrup, strawberry preserves and cream cheese on the side. This is definitely a knife and fork sandwich.

This was my personal favorite of the three. I had never eaten a Monte Cristo before, because I usually go for a sweet breakfast and a savory lunch, not something in between. I also don’t typically do brunch, but I think the Brussels is perfect for that.

I ate the sandwich in stages, adding one side at a time. The syrup or preserves alone added a subdued layer of sweet to the sandwich. Both syrup and preserves were certainly on the sweeter side, but all the flavors blended together nicely. Adding the cream cheese brought the sandwich to flavorful Heaven. Finally, the addition of the strawberries brought the sandwich’s flavor to its maximum, but without overloading my taste buds.

Altogether, the sides make the sandwich a perfect combination of sweet and savory. It was a delight, much like the staff of the restaurant.

 

Whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch or lunch, it is hard to turn down Belgian Waffle Works. I’ve been there a handful of times over the years, and I’m always impressed with the service and food quality.

For more information on the restaurant or the menu, visit www.belgianwaffle.com or call (909) 337-5222.

Zac Moran can be reached at zmoran@mountain-news.com.

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