Address: #102 Market Square - 560 Johnson Street
Price: $4 a waffle, extras $1-2
Notes: As Seen on TV! Visit their store front in Market Square for a choice of two kinds of waffles, plus toppings!
Wannawafel is a great example of a great local family business - although it's soon to be an intensely successful franchise! It's such a good 'story' - a family moved to Canada from Belgium and wanted to share their tasty sugar 'Brussels' wafel with the Canadian masses. They started with a cart in the inner harbour selling to tourists, and grew to have a store front selling the Brussels and the Liège wafels, as well as adding toppings.
They were featured on Dragon's Den last year in an attempt to get partners to franchise their wafel carts, and the Dragons were fighting over the idea. Although they accepted the deal initially, they have since parted ways in an attempt to get things rolling a little faster. We visited the store the first weekend after the show aired, and they said they already had thousands of requests from all over the world for more information about franchising!
Despite being a victim of their own success, the service is always fantastic. Someone from the Marchand family is nearly always working, and they're more than happy to chat with you about how things are going, and take time to make sure each wafel is totally worth it - no rushing! They have a small store, with a few tables outside for sunny days.
February 5, 2011
edited to add: Renaat, the owner, contacted me to say that I messed up the name of the waffles! Oops - tsk tsk! Liège look like 'light' in French to me, I think that's why I was confused as the Brussels waffles are just so light and fluffy in my head. Thanks for the correction which has been noted below.
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Really the only way they could improve the food is to add a bacon topping option. This would be tricky given the current 'kitchen' set up, but the results would be pretty amazing.