How often do you ask yourself, “I wonder what would happen if I melted cheese on that?” If you’re like me, the answer is roughly 72% of all waking hours. Fortunately for us, when the “that” in question is an authentic Liege Belgian waffle, the fine folks at Shaky Alibi “Coffee Bar and Wafflerie” have the answer.
Who knew Belgium was a bi-waffled nation? Apparently, the batter-based confection we’ve come to call Belgium hails specifically from Brussels. Meanwhile, Liege-dwelling Belgians begin their waffles with a yeast-based dough. But, before you chain yourself to the Brussels bandwagon and declare a waffle-based Belgian civil war, we insist you head to the Fairfax District for a bite of the Liege variety.
Shaky Alibi takes the aforementioned dough, coats it in Belgian pearl sugar, then slowly, lovingly (dare we say sensually) cooks it in a heavy-duty iron. Said sugar melts, caramelizing the waffle into something resembling a heaven-flavored grid of joy pockets, ready to be topped with your choice of powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or an array of imported Belgian spreads. If you ask nicely (or, simply order it off the menu), they’ll slice that thing length-wise and turn it into an ice cream sandwich. For those desiring a savory option, Shaky Alibi will sandwich melted cheese and meat between your sweet crispy waffle. Insert shudder of delight.
Let’s not forget the “Coffee Bar” portion emblazoned on their storefront. Locally roasted and ground to order, the coffee and espresso drinks will please the most discerning caffeine fiend.
It’s not a quick cup of coffee nor is it a waffle produced with freezer-to-toaster expediency. But it is worth the wait. Shaky Alibi will have you imploring your Eggo thief to “Go ahead and hang on to that.”
- WHAT: Liege Waffles and Amazing Coffee at Shaky Alibi
- WHERE: 7401 Beverly Blvd. LA CA 90036 (corner of Beverly and Martel)
- WHEN: Sun 9-5, Mon 8-5, Tues-Thurs 8-7, Fri-Sat 8-11
- $$$: Waffles $5.50+, Savory Waffles $8.75+, Coffee $2.25+