Sweet Iron Waffles was a Belgium Waffle place Queenie and I hit up as our last stop before leaving Downtown Seattle. I found out about Sweet Iron when I was looking around Yelp for good breakfast places.
Sweet Iron’s specialty is their Liege waffle. These waffles are a common street food in Belgium but they’re not the same as what’s termed Belgium waffles. Having just watched a Bobby Flay Throwdown on Liege waffles, I learned that a Belgium waffle is actually a rectangular-shaped waffle whereas Liege waffles are more round-ish and should have a slightly crunchier texture (because of caramelized pearl sugar) as well as a sweeter flavour. Making a fantastic Liege waffle is not easy. As Bobby Flay put it, making the dough for a perfect Liege waffle is harder than making pizza dough. (Queenie: see, TV can be educational! Foodnetwork is the best!)
The decor was quite simple and modern. Sweet Iron doesn’t have a lot of space; I could only imagine how busy this place must be later in the day (we went pretty early!).
Sweet Iron’s menu wasn’t too large. You can find it on their fantastic looking website.
I started off with a simple Latte [12oz – $3.20]. Sweet Iron makes a fine latte. While it was unfortunate that they forgot to give me the latte in a for-here mug, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they managed to make the classic latte-art rosetta in a to-go paper cup.
The latte was really smooth and the flavours were rich. It went pretty well with the waffles too! (Queenie: I LOVE FOAM! They make excellent foam and that is worth the mention. People are getting too used to Starbucks or other chain coffee. Often time, they don't really teach or care for making great foam. Chris and I know that from our experience as Starbucks barista. Our priority is to clear that ginormous line of people waiting for their drinks)
Queenie got a classic Liege waffle, the Chocolate Waffle [$3.49].
It’s essentially a chocolate dipped plain waffle. A perfectly crunchy exterior with a nice soft and sweet interior. Delicious. (Queenie: I am not particularly fond of it and regret getting this. It was simply too sweet for breakfast. It felt like the chocolate overwhelm the waffle. I ate half of it and Chris polished off the other half)
I opted for one of their signature waffles. I selected the Banana Brulee With Caramel Sauce Waffle [$3.99].
The toppings were simple but the execution was extraordinary. This waffle is topped with slices of banana, fresh whipped cream, and caramel sauce. The top of the waffle and banana slices were lightly torched (which makes it a brulee). The bananas really balanced out the sweetness of the caramel sauce and the texture of the waffle brings it all together into a perfect dessert/breakfast/snack. (Queenie: If I have a choice, I always opt out of bananas. This though, was EXCELLENT! The banana was crunchy and went very well with the burnt sugar! I couldn't get enough of this waffle and it is definitely worth to try it next time!)
Queenie: One thing I believe that ppl should know is that the store utilize degradeable everything! The cups, forks, knives, plates are all made of recycled material. Props to the store for making everything eco-friendly!)
I’m really glad that we found this place and if I happen to be in downtown Seattle again, I will definitely hit this place up.
Sweet Iron Waffles
1200 3rd Avenue