Respect The Waffle!
Belgian people take their beers, their chocolate, their wacky political system and their waffles very seriously. At Taste of Belgium, there is nothing we take more seriously than our waffle. We have grown a lot since the first waffle we baked at the back of a produce store. We are proud today of all the amazing food that our chefs serve all day, every day. We have some amazing dishes, some of them even featured on national television, but none of this would have been possible without the waffle.
Each waffle is baked individually in a specialized cast iron press, just like they were centuries ago by master cooks in the city of Liège, Belgium. We have perfected an old family recipe, passed down for generations, to bring you the taste and authenticity of a true Belgian favorite. Unlike other waffles, they are made from thick dough and a coarse Belgian beet sugar that caramelizes inside the waffle iron.
The secret to a good waffle is a good waffle iron. We do not make a good waffle, we make the best waffle and our waffle deserved the best waffle iron.
After breaking a few, many, too many waffle irons, we decided to gather all those design flaws and limitations and build our own. We lined up our connections of aluminum welders, metal benders, cast iron pourers and with the help of a genius designer friend, we built the absolute sturdiest, most reliable (and definitely most expensive-ever-made) cast iron waffle maker.
This is the only equipment we use to bake our waffle.
Taste of Belgium is a restaurant group of Belgian-inspired eateries. We take traditional Belgian recipes and we twist them; we take American classics and we Belgianize them.
In 2007, Jean-François Flechet brought back a 120lbs cast iron waffle maker from his native Belgium. He began baking the waffles he grew up with at the back of a produce store at Findlay Market. After a few weeks, the store was congested with waffle-eating-people and Jean-François was told he needed to find a new home.
The little waffle place grew, one waffle at a time to become a new Cincinnati/Columbus favorite. From one person and a waffle iron, Taste of Belgium expanded into multiple food establishments including two full service Bistros serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a unique weekend brunch with a large selection of Belgian beers and two market locations: one at Findlay Market (Cincinnati, OH) and one at the North Market (Columbus, OH).
Taste of Belgium is also featured at the Great American Ballpark as the official waffle of the Cincinnati Reds.
Taste of Belgium draws on its Belgian heritage to create a one-of-a-kind, Belgian-inspired, locally infused culinary experience. We thumb our nose at convention and treat our guests and their taste buds to unexpected combinations and unorthodox preparations.
Belgians would be disturbed by the idea of eating a Liège waffle with fried chicken and hot sauce. The French would be upset that we Belgianized their “galettes Bretonnes” by adding beer to the buckwheat crêpe batter. And the old-grain Belgian Genever we use in many of our handcrafted cocktails can rival any Cachaça to make the perfect Caipirinha.
We believe elegant cuisine can be served with a down-to-earth attitude and humble foods can be served elegantly.
We take the food we create and the service we provide very seriously, but not ourselves.
Waffles, Chickens, Beer. Eat Like a Belgian, Drink Like a Belgian, Live Like a Belgian!