Are burgers tapped out? In the last few years, burger joints have continued to spring up across the metro area. One, Burger Tap in Morningside, has closed its doors and has been replaced by Waffold, which serves gourmet waffle sandwiches.
In a press release, Waffold’s owner Justin Lim, who brought yogurt concept Yoforia to Atlanta five years ago, says, “As a hospitality entrepreneur, my goal is to stay on the forefront of food trends. From frozen yogurt to waffle sandwiches, my passion lies in introducing new concepts and tastes to new markets.” Lim says he believes that Atlanta is “a natural location to roll out innovative ideas” and believes that “diners will welcome the Waffold concept with great enthusiasm.”
Waffold’s sandwiches come on made-to-order Belgian waffles and contain both sweet and savory ingredients. On the savory side, try the Cajun-fried chicken sandwich with sweet maple-chili sauce and cole slaw or the grilled cheese waffle with Tillamook cheddar and Gruyere.
And lest you think burgers are dead, Waffold offers a burger waffle with all the fixings. You can even get it with (what else?) waffle fries. Want a beer with that? Waffold is BYOB.
This fast-casual concept wouldn’t miss the chance to capitalize on the waffle’s dessert potential. Think Nutella and banana, s’mores and creme brulee waffles. Waffold serves George Howell medium-roast coffee to pair with sweet creations.
What do you think? Will waffles replace burgers as the next trend?
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sundays. 1409 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-685-3299.
In other news:
Marlow’s Tavern opens Dunwoody location
- Is Dunwoody becoming the new Roswell? Several popular restaurants including Farm Burger and Morelli’s have announced plans for Dunwoody expansion. Now, Marlow’s Tavern has opened its ninth location in Dunwoody. According to its website, Marlow’s has a tenth location in planned near Emory, which should open this fall. 1317 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Dunwoody.
Cibo e Beve opens for brunch
- Beginning Aug. 5, Cibo e Beve will open for Sunday brunch. Chef Linda Harrell will serve items like the hazelnut-mascarpone stuffed toast with Amarena cherries, black-pepper maple syrup and Savannah Bee Co. honey butter, the breakfast pizza and lobster frittata. The bar will serve special cocktails including two types of Bloody Mary’s and a brunch punch. Receive a complimentary glass of prosecco at the inaugural brunch on Aug. 5. 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sundays. 4969 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-250-8988.
The Spence opens for lunch
- The Spence, helmed by “Top Chef All-Stars” winner Richard Blais, now offers lunch service. The Spence opened in late May with dinner service only. Now, on weekdays, you can drop in for a lunch of a pork belly bahn mi with daikon kimchee or tuna tartare tacos. The restaurant also offers a $12 lunch special including soup, salad and a “lil sandwich.” Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 75 Fifth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-892-9111, www.thespenceatl.com. $$.
Food trucks come to Smyrna
- Now on Tuesday evenings, popular Atlanta food trucks head to Smyrna’s Taylor Brawner Park. The community turns out for these sweet and savory food trucks to grab some munchies, listen to music and support the Smyrna Education Fund, to which a portion of the proceeds are donated. On a recent Tuesday, the W.O.W.! Food Truck, The Blaxican, Happy Belly, Honeysuckle Gelato and King of Pops were just a few of the vendors in attendance. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. Taylor Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna.
Events and specials:
Get a taste of Olympic pie
Pie Shop serves Olympic-inspired pie
- Inspired by the Olympics, Pie Shop offers a global menu this week, which runs through Saturday, Aug. 4. The menu, with both sweet and savory selections, includes: Japanese plum, Italian sausage and roasted tomato, Dutch apple, Indian curried vegetable samosas, White Russian cream, Turkish delight tassies, German chocolate, classic French fruit tart, Spanish fly transparent pie, Great Britain Shepherd’s pie and Mexican chocolate, Brazilian banana brown sugar, and Northern Greece Bougatsa. 3210 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-841-4512.
- Go Eat Give, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring different cultures through food and community service, will host a night in Morocco on Aug. 16. The event will be held at Imperial Fez, where guests will be served a five-course Moroccan dinner with tea and beer or wine. Chef Rafih Benjelloun will speak about the Moroccan culture. Additionally, Sucheta Rawal, founder of the Go Eat Give, will share her experiences volunteering in Rabat teaching English at a women’s empowerment center. Purchase tickets online. $55.
Japanese knife master demo
- On Aug. 15-16, the Decatur and Midtown locations of The Cook’s Warehouse will offer a knife-making demonstration with Japanese knife masters from Sakai City, Japan. The demonstration will include steel knife forging, assembling and sharpening. After the demonstration, attendees will participate in a sampling of Japanese hors d’oeuvres and a sake tasting led by Mary S. Moore, founder and owner of The Cook’s Warehouse. See website for times/locations. $35.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog