I stopped by Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe with my son last Saturday. With no major events taking place that day, I was able to find free parking relatively close to Franklin Street. It was a cold and rainy day so I wasn’t expecting a crowd, yet when I entered there was a line from the door to the back seating area. Thankfully the service is fast and people seem to eat and go pretty quickly, so we didn’t have to wait more than about 15 minutes or so.
The interior of this place gives me the creeps. Tile walls (outside of bathrooms) always make me think of old hospitals, sanatoriums, or basement slaughterhouses. Luckily we were seated in the back room, where the white stucco and exposed “beams” were probably supposed to be channeling more of a Tudor architectural theme. The bathrooms were not as horrible as I was expecting.
I ordered the pancake meal with Reese’s pieces pancakes, a scrambled egg and 2 sausage patties. The sausage patties were dry and hard, like heated, spiced jerky, and the eggs were typical scramble mix.
The pancakes were pretty unique. I don’t know who thought of putting Reese’s in pancakes, but it probably has something to do with the restaurant being right across the street from a college. They tasted pretty good slathered up with little “spread” tubs of imitation butter and the pancake syrup.
My son got a stack of 2 blueberry pancakes with whipped cream on top. They charge $1.25 just for a squirt of Reddi-Whip which I thought was a bit much. The pancakes were pretty awesome though. I had to “help” him finish it, and they use some pretty good blueberries in those pancakes. I liked the blueberry pancakes better than my Reese’s ones.
Service was quick and friendly here. They need to get people in and out pretty quick to keep the line moving, so you never have to worry about waiting for your bill. The restaurant is cash only.
Normally I don’t carry cash with me, so this could have been a very bad thing. Luckily on this day I had enough to cover the meal and tip.
I’d love to give the place 5 stars, because the pancakes were really great and the staff is super friendly. But the restaurant building itself is so cramped, outdated and unpleasant to be in that I can’t rate it that highly.