Tired of the same old breakfast spots in Stillwater OK? Break out of the rut with Just Wafflin’. It’s the newest restaurant in town, and it’s already a hit.
Last week was my birthday, and I’ve been very lucky that we’ve never had a home football game during my birthday week. We’ve always either had an away game or a bye week, and last week it was a bye. Maryland had a home football game, so I flew to Maryland on Wednesday and had a fabulous visit with family and friends.
The restaurant scene has grown so much since I moved to Stillwater in 2007, but it still has a very long way to go. Too many of the new restaurants are fast-food chains; I know we’re a college town, but we have more than enough fast food options. There is only one restaurant on the west side of town, which is so surprising because it’s the more affluent area. I keep hearing that new full-service restaurants are coming to Stillwater; I’ll believe it when I see it.
Just Wafflin is East of the OSU campus, on the short corner of a popular strip mall. It is open for breakfast and lunch, 7am-2pm every day except Sunday and Monday. I had no idea we even had a new restaurant until a few weeks ago. I don’t visit that strip mall very often, and just happened to be there picking up supplies from the party store. When I drove towards the back to leave, that’s when I saw the restaurant. Of course I then promptly forgot about it. Just Wafflin’ has only been open since the first week of September. Of course, I’m always up for something new and different, and in particular something locally owned. We had a fabulous dinner Tuesday night at Tokyo Pot, so breakfast at Just Wafflin’ was exactly what I needed before flying to Maryland.
We arrived at about 8:15am, and there were just a few other diners there. As soon as we opened the door, the gorgeous scent of waffles hit, and I knew we had made the right choice. Guests steadily streamed in during our entire visit, and I heard several people rave about the food to their friends. This was our first visit, and we were very excited.
We had a hard time coming up with a name to call the look and feel of the restaurant. It has a very cozy, homey feel, a few industrial touches and rustic/vintage décor. Michele came up with “urban vintage”, and it stuck with us.
Just-Wafflin’ is a fast-casual concept; you order at the counter, and they bring your food to the table. The tables, like the decor, are an eclectic mix. There are 4 high-top tables and barstools along the left wall; all of the other tables are regular height, and a combination of sizes and designs. The chairs are all mix-and-match as well. The order counter and kitchen are at the back, in a surprisingly large and spacious kitchen. To the left of the order counter is a metal rack displaying shirts and bags of coffee for sale. To the back right of the order counter is the coffee and condiment station.
The Just Wafflin’ menu is pretty simple, and features waffles, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, and “whatnots” (sides). For the waffles, you can create your own from a generous list of toppings, or select one of the 7 featured waffles.
Michele was still full from the previous night’s dinner…I still can’t figure that one out, because I’m hungry every 6 hours. So she went extremely simple, with just coffee and milk. We all got coffee, and I love that they use an assortment of shapes and sizes of cups
Aaron got the Waffles Ranchero
I didn’t taste any, but he devoured it in record time and said it was delicious.
After some back and forth, I went with the Waffles Benedict
Wow, this was absolutely delicious. The waffles are light and fluffy, and cooked to order. I’m not usually a fan of Hollandaise sauce, but this one is very flavorful, and not heavy. I like that they use diced ham, a nice twist from the original Benedict presentation. The eggs are cooked perfectly, with that gorgeous runny center. The creaminess of the eggs and sauce works so well with the taste and texture of the waffles.
When our server delivered the food, he also brought both their homemade waffle sauce and a warm maple syrup. The maple syrup is rich but not overpowering, and has a wonderful flavor. And let’s be honest, nothing beats warm syrup. The homemade sauce is phenomenal. We guessed that its butter and syrup mixed together. All I know is that it’s heavenly. I will say it is a little heavy, so you don’t want to use too much or it will overpower the rest of the dish.
When I first saw the waffle I didn’t think it would be enough food. However, looks are deceiving, as I had to make myself finish the whole thing. But I also knew I wouldn’t be eating anything else until I got to Maryland that evening.
I love the presentation of the waffles on metal trays, playing to the industrial touches inside the building.
Will I go back to Just Wafflin’? Well of course I will. I want to check out their lunch items, and also try a couple of the other breakfast waffles. Stillwater officially has a new gem on its hands. If we can get more new restaurants like this one, we’ll be in business.
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