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Dec 7, 201708:05 AM
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Waffles and Wine – Belgian Style!

 

There’s a small shop off Magazine Street that is worth a visit. It’s Cloud 9 Bistro, and the reason you should check it out is the Belgian waffle. Specifically, the sort of Belgian waffle that they produce in Liège, Belgium. 

I have not been to Liège, but I do have access to the internet and was able to fact check what I was told by the folks at Cloud 9 – which is to say that the Liège waffle is made from a batter that is more akin to a brioche dough than what you’d expect from a waffle, and that in Liège, they include “pearls” of sugar in the dough to provide both sweetness and a bit of texture.

At Cloud 9 the waffle iron and the batter are both imported from Belgium. You might think that odd, but the idea is consistency and while I’ve only had one chance to taste the product, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The exterior was crisp, and as advertised the interior was a lot more substantial than any waffle I’d had before. It came with small containers of fruit and syrup, but I didn’t feel the need to use either.

Right now the restaurant is serving a limited menu, but I’m told there are plans to expand significantly, particularly once they obtain the liquor license for which they’ve applied.

The location is one that doesn’t see a lot of foot traffic, despite the fact that it’s a half-block away from one of the busiest parts of Magazine Street. It’s not likely to be crowded, is what I’m saying; at least not until word gets out, and people start treating the place as a destination.

I am contractually obligated to mention my friend Patrick Van Hoorebeek any time I mention Belgium, but even were that not the cases I’d be happy to talk about his Bar Vin. It’s an oasis that’s only a half block from Bourbon Street, but feels miles apart.

I first met Patrick when he was running the front of the house at the Bistro at Maison de Ville, still the restaurant whose post-Katrina closing I regret the most. He bounced around a bit thereafter, but nothing seemed a perfect fit until he opened his own joint. He’s a pretty swell kid, and I recommend his bar if you’re in the French Quarter.

 

 

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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived here his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.

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