On a recent visit to Ithaca, New York, we had the opportunity to visit one of this year’s Global Vegan Waffle Party hosts–the just-opened Waffle Frolic Waffle Bar and Coffee House. We obviously had to eat there, given our recent discovery that a “waffle frolic” was apparently a long-lost predecessor to the modern waffle party that we’ve grown to love so much. Waffles are only one of the items on their menu, and there are several vegan menu options so far.
Owner Alexis and Chef Marc kindly spent a little time talking with us while keeping up with the extra-heavy business of the annual Ithaca Festival. We ordered several items, with a few customized additions that were done very well.
First, of course, was one of their gluten-free vegan waffles with a vegan version of their fried bananas, peanut butter, and Marc’s special “Carob Ganache.” The flavors blended quite well, and it was rich without being overly sweet. I’ve had a few dreams about the ganache since then, and hope that they add it to the menu as a regular item, along with more vegan waffle styles and topping options.
Alongside the well-topped waffle, we also ordered a bowl of their flavorfully spiced tomato soup made with locally-grown and organic tomatoes, and an excellent Daiya vegan grilled cheese sandwich with grilled asparagus and mushrooms. Plenty of savoriness, with great texture, and it definitely hit the spot. The asparagus was cooked just enough to caramelize the coating, while leaving a bit of the crispness. As you can see, we were so eager to start eating it that we forgot to take a picture first.
Alexis and Marc explained that after they began advertising that they were participating in the Global Vegan Waffle Party, some of their customers suggested that they add a few more vegan items to their menu, including the grilled cheese. I was happy to hear this, and applaud Waffle Frolic for some delicious items. Be sure to check them out if you’re ever in Ithaca.