Monday, September 23, 2013

Maine Monday: Wannawaf

*** So sad to report, but we just heard Wannawaf has closed its doors. They still have their seasonal location in Boothbay Harbor, so be sure to stop by next summer. 

If I were twenty years younger, this could quite possibly be my favorite restaurant in Portland. Wannawaf is open till 2:00am on Fridays and Saturdays, and I can't think of a better way to end a night of bar hopping through the Old Port than eating waffles covered in powdered sugar and maple syrup before heading home to bed. 

But I'm old, I have kids, and I'm usually asleep by the time the young folks are heading out the door to start the evening. So I think we'll stick to visiting Wannawaf while the sun is still up. Waffles are delicious any time of day, no matter what side of the drinking age you fall on.

The cheerful teal and red interior is a welcoming spot in Portland's Monument Square and you can get just about anything baked into your Belgian style waffle. Waffle-ize a grilled cheese or a cheeseburger, add some popcorn chicken for a Southern favorite, or skip to the sweet side of the menu and top it with ice cream for a truly decadent treat. 

Big C&G went with the classic breakfast theme and added in some bacon. Little C&G and I couldn't choose so we had a plain waffle smothered in syrup and scooped up every last crumb. Mr. C&G had a falafel waffle (challenge the kiddos to say that three times fast) and it was bizarre but amazing. 

After placing your order be sure to send the kiddos down to the end of the counter to watch waffle magic happen. The giant waffle irons sputter and steam as they pour in the batter with the yummy add-ins. Gluten-free options are available, if you're like me and occasionally follow Dame Goopy Gwyneth. Wannawaf is open 10:00am to 10:00pm Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00am to 2:00am Friday and Saturday, and early on Sunday for the perfect brunch food, 8:00am to 8:00pm. Now if they could just add in a cocktail menu for us early bird special diners. . . 

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