Syrup and butter? How boring.
At the recently opened Waffle Stop in Hanamaulu, the two most popular orders are the pizza waffle, with choice of toppings, and the waffle BLT specialty sandwich, said John Hao-Bergado, Waffle Stop owner.
“We’re still not set in a menu,” Hao-Bergado said. “But pretty much, I’ve been able to make what the customers have been asking for.”
The Waffle Stop is the result of Hao-Bergado’s experience making the traditional breakfast item.
“Waffles was just going to be part of the menu for a small food shop we were going to put in front of Island Love in Hanamaulu,” Hao-Bergado said. “But the rules and regulations snuffed that, and Casey Riopta, the owner of Island Love, invited us to share the kitchen in the back of her shop where she makes shave ice. We first started with the traditional waffle, and customers’ requests started to grow the menu.”
Armed with a pair of professional waffle machines, Hao-Bergado set up shop, offering a variety of waffles from the traditional Belgium waffles with choice of toppings, to more sophisticated specialty waffle sandwiches.
“This is pretty good,” said Mike and Andrea Thrall, visiting from Anchorage, Alaska. “This is the last day of our stay here and we just saw it while driving by. We had the pizza waffle.”
The Waffle Stop is open from 6:30 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays. It is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Pre-orders are encouraged.
“We like serving the morning crowd,” Hao-Bergado said. “It’s breakfast and early lunch.”
The menu, subject to change based on customer requests, includes the traditional Belgian waffle, a churro waffle, the waffle BLT, the club waffle, a bacon breakfast waffle sandwich, and the pizza waffle with a choice of topping.
“We haven’t been able to move from the waffle,” Hao-Bergado said. “But there’s not much you can do with a small kitchen, so we’ll stick with waffles for now.”