Monday, October 18, 2010

Lunch Liaisons: Lincoln's Waffle Shop

(Lunch liaisons is a regular segment wherein C and I meet for weekday lunch dates. The associated posts are not nearly as cloak-and-dagger as they may sound, but instead are reviews consistent with the quick and painless lunch hour theme). 

First, thank you for excusing today's earlier foray into the slightly absurd. Sometimes, ridiculous behavior begets irrational behavior. Thanks for letting me vent about my childhood frustrations with confusing the lines between religion and college football. On to the latest lunch liaison - actually, this one was breakfast - C and I were looking to grab coffee in the 15 minutes we had to share last Wednesday, and ended up being able to sit down to breakfast together...

Lincoln's Waffle Shop, in its relocated space in the crazy tourist block on 10th Street between E and F, is a bit of a downtown gem. An interesting crowd to say the least -  the Korean family running the place, the Transformers crew members, a couple of early-rising tourist families, and a smattering of blue and white collar workers who appear to be regulars. I was referred to as "honey" and "sweetie" more than once during our brief visit. I'm not complaining. While the waffle shop is not fancy, the coffee is fresh, service is warm, inviting, and fast, and the waffle is surprisingly delicious. We ordered a pair of waffle breakfast specials, mine with ham, and C's with sausage. The eggs and ham were nothing special, but C was impressed by his savory sausage - not your typical IHOP pre-formed frozen patties. The coffee was pretty tasty too, though it had the added benefit of real cream and sugar - as I said, the lady behind the counter was quite friendly, but I dared not look beyond the counter offerings and ask for my normal 2% and Splenda. However, what really impressed (both of us) was the waffle. With a pattern smaller than that of an Eggo, this version is the kind you would typically find with a side of fried chicken. I loved the flavor and texture, and the table syrup served here (C detected a bit of vanilla) added the perfect accent. All in all, a pretty fantastic meal for $6.45. It's a bit of comfort tucked in the stress of tourist mecca, law firms, and the stone pillars of our government.

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