Hey Searcy food lovers, Cuisine Queen here.
The age-old debate of waffle vs. pancake is taking a much-needed break, because this week we wanted to find out which restaurant in Searcy has the best waffles.
The first place we visited was the Harding University Charles White Dining Hall, and for the price of one mere caf swipe, we were slightly disappointed with the lack of waffle batter. It should be noted that we went at 7 p.m. However, having had a caf waffle in the past, I can say that they are quite good.
Next, we visited Waffle House, where the food is classic, greasy, but most importantly, cheap and the waitresses are one of a kind. For an establishment named for one specific breakfast item, the waffle was slightly on the disappointing side. I understand that going into a Waffle House dining experience, one should not expect to be exceptionally impressed. For $3.25, we got your standard waffle and that’s exactly what it was: a waffle with butter and syrup. This waffle was pretty thin and almost had a pancake consistency. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t special.
After Waffle House, we went to Savor + Sip who has just recently added waffles to their menu. For a place known for their crepes, they are doing waffles right. The waffle comes in four separate, dippable quarters with a side of maple syrup. The waffles themselves consist of the perfect balance of crisp and chew. The first 75 percent of your bite consists of perfectly airy waffle, followed by a denser center that adds substance to your bite. There is something about dipping your food that makes you feel like a kid, which personally added to my experience. This waffle was the most expensive costing $5.
Our final stop was at Kibo Midnight Oil Coffeehouse, who also recently added waffles to their breakfast menu which they serve from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. For $3.86, you can get a waffle and a small drip coffee. They can come dusted (topped with cinnamon and brown sugar), with strawberries or just plain jane. We were surprised when we received our waffle wrapped in a brown paper package, but as the saying goes, good things do come in small packages. This waffle was the smallest, but in my opinion, the best in town. Each bite is packed with flavor. It tasted like your grandma was in the kitchen cooking each waffle with love. The cinnamon and brown sugar really took it to the next level, and by the time I was finished, I was sad it was over.
Between the classic coffee shop vibe and the delicious waffle, Midnight Oil is my choice for best waffle in Searcy. Depending on the dining experience you are wanting, or the price you are willing to pay, you can’t really go wrong choosing a waffle in Searcy.