Cheap Eat of the Week: banana ‘n’ strawberry waffles at Starving Artist
By Gizelle Lau
Did someone say waffles? (Image: Gizelle Lau)
You really can’t go wrong with a place that’s all about waffles. And I mean literally all about waffles. Eggs Benny? Ditch the English muffins and get poached eggs and hollandaise on waffles. Chicken club? Who needs sliced bread when you’ve got waffles?
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (on Monday and Sunday) and until midnight (Tuesday to Saturday), Starving Artist brings owner Bryan Jackson’s love of — you guessed it, waffles — to the masses in Toronto’s west end.
After a long Friday night of debauchery, there’s nothing like the smell of waffles and the taste of a delicious fruit smoothie or a freshly-pulled Americano to awaken dull, pained senses. Leave your conscience at the door and go straight for your (ok, my) heart’s desire: the banana ‘n’ strawberry waffles ($5). Fresh, steamy, crispy chocolate chip waffles come fresh out of the waffle iron, layered with bananas, a healthy dollop of whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce — portioned to appease the hunger but defy the guilt.
Served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., brunch also offers breakfast waffles ($11) with potato waffles, poached eggs and caramelized bacon; waffle bacon ($5), which features bacon dipped in waffle batter, then pressed in a waffle iron and served with maple syrup ($5); and the waffle Benny ($9): mini waffles with poached eggs, caramelized bacon and hollandaise.
There are also a dozen other delicious dessert waffles like apple crumble ($8), peanut butter and banana ($5) or s’more ($5).
Starving Artist, 584 Lansdowne Ave., 647-342-5058