Everyday Eats: Bananas Foster Belgian Waffle from The Red Door
$10 buys you one of the best-outfitted waffles in town
It's rare for something totally mind-blowing to happen to a brunch menu, and when it does, it usually happens to eggs benedict. At The Red Door, waffles are getting the star treatment. And how.
This week's Everyday Eats pick features a Belgian waffle of the most beautiful golden-brown hue topped with caramelized bananas, toasted macadamia nuts, whipped banana cream, chocolate, and bananas foster sauce. There's a lot going on, but each element is perfectly executed and balanced. The warm segment of caramelized banana sets off the fluffy ribbon of banana cream, and the subtle saltiness of the macadamia nuts pairs well with the sweet bananas foster sauce (a heady mixture of butter, rum, and maple syrup).
Flavor-wise, it's the banana that comes through the most, but the sauce is pure genius. Melting down the butter with maple syrup and rum and drizzling it over every nook and cranny means you don't have to futz with any of that stuff at the table, and the flavor is infused throughout the dish.
The arrangement of all of the elements means that each bite is a little bit different, but if you can scootch a nut into a pool of syrup before grabbing a little bit of banana (and banana cream), that's about as good as a Sunday morning can get.
Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Dishes range from $8-$14. The bananas foster belgian waffle is $10.
About the author: Erin Jackson is obsessed with finding the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego. Keep up with her other food finds on EJeats.com.