American Food, Asian, Breakfast, Chestnut Hill, Chicken, Dessert, lunch, Savory, Spicy, Sweet, University City, Vegetarian, Vietnamese, Waffles
Foolish Waffles began their food truck journey in 2014 and I tried them at the Chestnut Hill Farmer’s Market, way before I started writing this blog. I recall thinking that they had something special, something that every food truck should strive for: a product that had fresh ingredients, creative ideas for specials, and friendly workers who cared about putting out great food. Since they opened, they have won several awards, including a Philadelphia Magazine 2014 Best of Philly award, 2015 Vendy Award, the Uproxx 2017 AND 2018 Best Food Truck in Pennsylvania award, one of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America by The Daily Meal, and the 2018 list of Top Food Trucks by Philadelphia Magazine.
With all of these accolades, does the waffle stand up to the hype? My answer, an emphatic YES.
While researching for this blog, I decided to try one of their sweet waffles since I had only tried the savory ones in previous visits. The truck features two types of waffles: Liege waffles, which are thicker and more dense, and Brussels waffles which are lighter and more spread out. The Ghost, which was a special for that day, included a sweet Liege waffle, topped with fresh whipped cream, drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, and sprinkled with fresh blueberries. The waffles were firm and crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, just how a waffle should be. In my house, my husband is a waffle master, so I am very critical about my waffles. I have no complaints about this one, and it wasn’t even my favorite.
On my next visit, I tried a savory waffle, the Everythang Wagel. This is a savory Liege waffle with everything bagel spices, topped with cream cheese, and finished with pickled veggies. This waffle is true to its name, it has EVERYTHANG. It’s got crunch, acid, creaminess, and herbaceousness. The texture of the waffle pairs well with crunchy pickled veggies: cucumber, red cabbage, onion, and thinly sliced carrots. The silky scallion cream cheese and the prominent flavor of fennel seed are also a nice touch. This is an excellent lunch item.
I took a photo of what it looked like after I had a few bites, so you can see the thickness of the Liege waffle:
Other savory items include the very popular Chicken & Waffles, which is buttermilk fried chicken with a honey chili glaze and bourbon-soaked spicy jalapeños; and the “Jawn” waffle, which includes scrapple, eggs, and pepper jack cheese. For a Vietnamese twist, try the Banh Mi waffle with pickled veggies, jalapenos, cilantro, sriracha, togarashi aioli, and your choice of pork belly or tofu.
The last waffle I tried was the Apple Crisp, which was a special for that day. It was a Brussels waffle topped with roasted apples, salted caramel, some kind of crunchy streusel type topping, and whipped cream. This was my favorite of the two sweet waffles I tried.
Their menu also includes many rotating specials as well as a build-your-own-waffle with your choice of ingredients. You pay $5 for the base waffle (Liege or Brussels) and then choose toppings for 50 cents each. The choices are endless!
It was a super humid and hot day on both days I visited Foolish Waffles truck for this blog post, but on both days they were busy with a long line. I took some photos of their menu boards on both days, but many of their items change to make room for seasonal items. They regularly park at the Chestnut Hill Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and The Porch at 30th Street Station on Thursdays during the warmer months.
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Location: Various locations around the area. Follow their social media accounts or check their website for updates
Pay: Credit or Cash
Cuisine: Waffles with creative twists
What I tried: Everythang Wagel, The Ghost, and Apple Crisp
Delivery: They cater events, check their website for details