A dedicated waffle restaurant is coming to Hampden, and these aren’t of the traditional breakfast variety.
Waffie, a venture from Marylanders Minje Suh and Tommy Choe, will be opening at 839 W. 36th Street sometime in mid-January, according to a sign posted on the window outside the newly refurbished space. The restaurant will serve dough-based, handheld waffles to go and top them with buttercream, chocolate drizzle, nuts and more.
Suh told Baltimore Fishbowl a key ingredient sets Waffie’s waffles apart: yeast, rather than baking powder. The recipe took months of research and testing to get pin down, she said.
“The flavors are a bit more complex and more developed. The yeast kind of gives the waffles a crunchy exterior and this flaky, buttery interior.”
Choe said they’re planning to sell their waffles for around $3.50 to $4.00 apiece.
“We’re trying to make it as reasonable as possible,” he said. “We honestly care about food. We would rather people enjoy our waffles.”
Also on the menu will be flavored milks like matcha, an antioxidant-high form of powdered green tea leaves, and chocolate, along with store-made hot chocolate. The menu is still being finalized, the co-owners said. Their space has room for around 20 people.
Waffie’s waffles are made for Avenue-goers to enjoy while browsing the neighborhood for antiques, clothes or whatever else they can find along Hampden’s main stretch, Choe said.
“They’re all going to be handheld so it will be easy to eat, and it’s all going to be made to order,” Suh said.
Shop hours also aren’t final yet, but she said Waffie’s will be generally open between noon and 10 p.m., with the schedule to be adjusted to meet customer demand.
A primary goal for Waffie, Choe said, is to bring another fun cuisine option to the North Baltimore neighborhood. “Customers will be able to see that once they come in and give us a try.”
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