Waffle Iron sets re-opening dates, serving up chicken and waffles in meantime; La Prima Tazza to unveil new menu
Listen up, waffle enthusiasts. I’ve got two big pieces of Waffle Iron-related news to share with you.
Let’s start with the most important bit. The popular breakfast spot, which closed earlier this summer for renovations, will re-open Saturday, Sept. 5.
Owner/chef Sam Donnell confirmed the date earlier this week. The Waffle Iron, located in the space above John Brown Underground at 7 East Seventh St., will carry on with its original hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, he says.
If you’re looking for a job that indulges your waffle-loving tendencies, you might consider applying at the Waffle Iron. At least that’s what Facebook is telling me. “Servers, waffle makers, and dish” (I’m assuming that’s dishwashers?) are needed, so if you think you’ve got what it takes, send your resume to email@example.com.
Donnell also shared some juicy (literally) tidbits of this Sunday’s chicken-and-waffles brunch at the Basil Leaf Café, 616 W. Ninth St.
Slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event comes on the heels of Donnell’s first “insane” pop-up event at the Basil Leaf — that one drew a “line around the building” on Aug. 16, he says.
“This time, we’re trying to do our interpretation of a classic, home-style Southern chicken and waffles,” Donnell says. Apparently, that means “a little spicy, a little sweet, a little bourbon.”
On Sunday, Donnell and Basil Leaf owner/chef Brad Walters will serve up buttermilk cornmeal waffles topped with fried chicken marinated in hot sauce.
They’ll also have some pretty inventive condiments on hand, including: bacon pecan peppered caramel compound butter; brown sugar maple bacon butter with bourbon; and a green-chili maple syrup.
As for sides, Donnell says they’re loading each plate with “classic home fries,” local peaches and brown-butter cream with candied bacon.
Based on the Waffle Iron’s last pop-up, he’s expecting to sell out. So, come early. No reservations at this shindig.
La Prima Tazza to serve up streamlined menu, treats inspired by Far East
In other timely dining news, La Prima Tazza will unveil its updated menu this weekend.
Customers should see the “simplified” chalkboard above the shop’s counter when La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts St., opens at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Not to worry, coffee fans: “No one’s going to be losing anything,” manager Rob Schulte says. “All their favorites are still available.”
My fellow tea drinkers/Japanophiles should appreciate Schulte’s new additions to the menu, which include no less than “four or five” specialty matcha drinks, he says.
If you’re not excited by the thought of coconut-mango iced matchas, matcha lattes, mocha matchas and matcha macchiato coming to La Prima Tazza very soon, here’s a little video that should get you there:
As I've made everyone in the newsroom — and the Journal-World's online readership — aware, I don't drink coffee. But I know plenty of you out there do, so I have a bit of coffee-centric news for you.
La Prima Tazza, 638 Massachusetts St., is turning 25 this weekend. To celebrate its silver anniversary, the coffee shop is offering a special deal to customers: 25 percent off lattes, plus La Prima Tazza travel mugs and T-shirts marked down to $5.
A perennial Best of Lawrence winner, La Prima Tazza calls itself the "first and oldest coffee shop in town." Since 1990, it's won over customers with its signature espresso and longtime favorites like the Grasshopper, a minty coffee drink that landed a spot on our "9 drink wonders of Lawrence" article last fall.
The 25th birthday offer stands Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so snag your discounted goodies while you still can.