Waffle Crush Wednesday: Tom’s Restaurant
Regulars at Tom’s Restaurant show up again and again, not despite the line, but actually hoping to wait in line. Thanks to the neighborhood feel, free coffee, AND free orange slices that the staff hands out, waiting in line is actually a pretty pleasant experience. Don’t get us wrong, there is a long wait on weekend mornings, but once you get in the door, the wafts of wonderful bacon smells make you feel right at home. There are decade-old, framed reviews on the wall as well as a hodge-podge of tacky art and trinkets. Though we dined at the Prospect Heights diner in late January, it was still tremendously adorned in elaborate Christmas decorations.
And the food? It’s simple and delicious. The menu has yet to change over the past 70 years it has been in business. Try the blueberry and ricotta pancakes or the world’s best crab cakes (in all their deep-fried grease glory). The coffee steadily flows; you’ll never find your mug empty. There are plenty of waffles on the menu to choose from: classic Belgian, pumpkin, cranberry, and really any other you could think of. If you can dream it, they can make it.
The classic Belgian waffle was thick and toasty, with deep-grated wells. Why is this important you ask? Tom’s offers not just standard syrup, but a variety of flavored butters, from cinnamon to strawberry. The flavor combinations are endless. We can’t complain about the price either, as the waffle rings ups at just $5. One of each, please!
Casper’s Official Waffle Rating: 8.9