By Cassie Osvatics
The first thing I noticed upon walking into B Too was that I may have come a little underdressed in my sweater and jeans. This was not what I expected from a place that serves waffles in so many of their dishes. But I had come here with the promise of a “Doffle.” My attire was unimportant.
As the hostess approached us, she asked if we had a reservation. We did not. She rolled her eyes, got some menus and Julia, Jordan and I followed. Once we were seated, she proceeded to open our menus for us before handing them off.
I thought the eye roll and mild impatience was going to set the tone for the rest of the wait staff, but to our luck, it was the complete opposite. Our waiter was quick to run over and ask how we wanted our water: iced, sparkling, or Fiji? Also not what I expected.
The bread was brought out quickly and was the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside. My drink, a Spe;ky’la;s (or Speculoos) Cookie, was brought over soon after I ordered it. Our waiter also gave us the perfect amount of time to order and before asking us if we’d like dessert. This was all a pretty great turn around from the hostess.
I give their service a B because of the hostess.
Entrees … or rather, appetizers:
I have to admit, I neglected to look at the menu before coming here. My main knowledge of this restaurant, other than their claim to authentic Belgian cuisine, was the waffles and doffles, and that easily sold me.
To clarify, B Too uses the word “entree” to mean the dish before the main course, whereas in many restaurants in the U.S., the entree on a menu is the main course.
The cheapest entree available is $22, and from the sound of it, you’re not getting all that much. The cheapest main dish? $24.50. My wallet cried. But, the three of us weren’t rookies to the “find the best value on the menu” game.
For our main dishes, we ordered a variety of appetizers that covered a few bases: the classic, the garden variety and seafood. And we got an order of Belgische Frietjes (Belgian frites) for the table because how could we pass that up? The frites were served with a trio of homemade mayonnaises that, for someone who hates mayonnaise with a firey passion, was absolutely amazing and made me rethink my distaste.
Wilde Champignon Wafel (Wild mushroom waffle) – $13.50
Jordan: Being a vegetarian, I get a little anxious looking over any restaurant’s menu, so my experience with B Too was no exception. Luckily, I stumbled upon the mushroom waffle just after the lobster variation.
I was worried how the often-times sweet waffle batter would jive with the earthy flavor of the mushrooms, but the unlikely combo paired exceptionally well. What made the dish was the creaminess of the sauce. It perfectly fused the textures of waffle and that of the mushroom to create the most savory, breakfast-inspired concoction I’ve had the pleasure of consuming.
My only complaint would be that my meal didn’t come with a side dish (Cassie had a small pile of greens accompanying her lobster waffle, and Julia had a cup of tomato soup to pair with her grilled cheese). But I guess the impressive bread selection they provided while we waited sufficed.
Tomatensoep (Tomato soup) – $12
Julia: As we sat down, the table adjacent to us was receiving their food. I hadn’t the foggiest as to what they ordered, but oh my god, it looked so good. I was willing to eat literally anything off of the menu, but I decided to go with a classic tomato soup/grilled cheese. The tomato soup was excellent, but the grilled cheese made out of belgium waffles. It was definitely… interesting. While fabulous to dip into the soup, there was just so. much. cheese. It was almost overwhelming to eat on it’s own, but the soup definitely worked to tone it down.
Wafel Van Kreeft (Maine lobster waffle) – $16.50
Cassie: I chose this dish because I was intrigued to see if seafood could actually pair well with a waffle. The answer is yes. First, you have two light, yet not as fluffy as you’d expect, waffles and a buttery and lightly salted lobster in between them. On top, a lobster bisque that merges the two seemingly uncombinable foods together. The side salad topped with radish and the perfect amount of balsamic was a great compliment to the dish, making it seem less like carbs and butter were the majority of what I consumed at B Too. I would absolutely order this dish again.
Appetizers as main dishes: A
What exactly is a Doffle? It’s only the combination of two of the most amazing things: a donut and a waffle. I’m still confused about this process of this. Do they fry the donut and put it in a waffle press? Or vice versa? Regardless, it’s a pretty great combo.
B Too’s Doffle menu boasts three different kinds: the original ($3), Doffle Deluxe ($6) and The Doffle Bomb ($12). The only difference between the Doffle Deluxe and the Doffle Bomb is the bomb comes with caramel. Yes. They’re charging $6 for caramel. I’m in college. I went with the original.
Jordan: As big of a sweet tooth as I have, I am admittedly not a huge donut fan. On a table of breakfast pastries, I can easily turn them down in place of a danish or muffin, but one does not enter B Too and miss out on the legendary Doffle, so I obliged out of sake of novelty.
I ordered the single Doffle ($3) expecting it to be as small as the photos on the postcard I picked up at the hostess stand, but to my surprise, it was easily shareable for 2-3 people. It was bigger than the palm of my hand, doughy, generously covered in glaze and adorned with colorful sprinkles across the indentations from the waffle press.
Upon first bite, I decided that Doffle tasted more like a donut than a waffle. I think the waffle part of the hybrid is purely from the dessert’s appearance. However, I was overall pleased and left B Too on a sugar high.
Julia: I would like to preface this part of the review with the fact that I have type one diabetes and my Doffle Deluxe was a complete nightmare, but 100 percent worth it. I decided to walk on the wild side and order the Doffle Deluxe. When it arrived, it was much bigger than I anticipated. I turned to Cassie and Jordan and asked, from a diabetic’s standpoint, how disastrous they thought it would be for me to eat it. It was fantastic — the vanilla ice cream went so well with it. Seriously life-changing.
Cassie: For the price, I was pretty pleased with what I got, and it was much larger than expected at about five inches in diameter. It tasted like the combined waffle batter and donut batter as I had hoped. It was served warm and fresh and was a great end to my meal. My only complaint: the dough was a little undercooked toward the center, but not enough to put me off to it. Overall a pretty great dish.
The experience, in total, was really enjoyable. The food and atmosphere were both really great and I’d give them a B+ overall.
Featured Photo Credit: The tomatoesoep is served with a a grilled cheese pressed like a waffle. (Julia Lerner/Bloc Photographer Editor).
Jordan Stovka and Julia Lerner contributed to this article.
Cassie Osvatics is a senior English major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.