BelgiQue Belgian Waffles (gluten-free)

Belgique operates only as an online store now.

Gluten-free Belgian waffles?  Seriously?  Can Salem get any better?  Mr. B. and I were thrilled to discover that the little BelgiQue Belgian Waffles cafe in the basement of the Reed Opera House offers such a rare treat.  Those with gluten issues often cross such delicacies off of their dining-out list.  Instead they are confined to their home kitchens and left to experiment with rare flours and thickening agents in hopes of concocting something that resembles what they crave.

It seems that Salem is ahead of the gluten-free curve, and we couldn't be happier.  We stopped by recently to give BelgiQue's gluten free waffles a try.

BelgiQue offers a few different waffle styles.  The Liege style waffle is a yeast dough with sugar pearls sprinkled throughout.  It is round in shape and typically denser and chewier than a Brussles style waffle.  The Brussles style batter waffle is closer to what Americans expect when we order a waffle.  It is square, and is lighter and crispier than the Liege style.  The gluten free waffles are batter waffles closest to the Brussles style.  They are available sugar-free or with sugar pearls like the Liege style waffle.

If you aren't confused enough about which waffle to choose, the vast array of toppings is sure to make your head spin.  Free toppings include your choice of butter, maple or chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and whipped cream.  For just 50 cents a piece, you can also add peanut butter, Nutella, chocolate fudge sauce, raspberry sauce, fresh seasonal fruit, cinnamon sugar, nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts), chocolate chips (semi sweet, milk and white), sprinkles, and vanilla ice cream.  They also offer a menu of waffle creations, combining many of the aforementioned toppings to spawn an army of heavenly monstrosities.

Mr. B. is never one to pass on chocolate, so he ordered his gluten-free sugar-pearled waffle with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.  I decided on the Liege style waffle with powdered sugar and butter on the side.

Mr. B.'s waffle was very light and airy, but it didn't skimp on sweetness.  As with many gluten-free pastries and baked desserts, it was a little bit dry.  The addition of the chocolate syrup and the whipped cream helped with the dryness.  Mr. B. loved it.

My Liege style waffle was nothing short of divine.  The sweet yeastiness of the dough dusted in powdered sugar reminded me of the beignets of my youth.  The crunch of the crystallized sugar pearls was incredibly satisfying.

Side note to Salem dog-owners: BelgiQue now carries "Woofles" waffles for dogs.  Interestingly enough, they are also gluten free.

Thanks BelgiQue for offering such a yummy gluten-free treat!  We will be back soon!

-Me & Gluten-Free Mr. B.

BelgiQue Belgian Waffles
189 Liberty St NE # B8, Salem, OR 97301-3569(503) 779-1339 Weds-Fri 9am-2pm, Sat 9am-4pmClosed Sun-Tues

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