77. Fruit- and Ice Cream-Topped Waffles at Crave

Behold the beginning of our 100 Favorite Dishes of 2016 listicle! Every day through the publication of our Best Of 2016 issue (and sometimes, twice a day), we’ll be bringing you our favorite dishes across Orange County, leading up to the best in the land. Enjoy! 

Finding the perfect waffle is as taxing as finding the perfect pair of jeans. A great waffle boasts a crisp-on-the-outside, airy-on-the-inside duet. Many subpar waffles mess up this simple challenge by being too crispy to the point of crunchiness or too soft to where one might as well be chewing on Silly Putty.

Luckily, Crave in Garden Grove took notes on the art of waffle making and pimped out the classic Belgian pastry by topping it with whip cream, refreshing seasonal fruit, ice cream, and chocolate drizzle— just in time for summer! Ice cream flavors range from vanilla, butter pecan, mint chip, green tea, cookies ‘n cream, and cotton candy—sorry chocolate lovers. Other waffles available include a banana-Nutella-walnut waffle, red bean-walnut waffle and a coconut and mung bean waffle. 

Bring a friend or two to share this sizable treat and avoid or at least minimize some post dessert self-shaming. The abundance of folksy seating makes this a fine spot to hang out with buddies or relatives, too. Aside from waffles, Crave also offers a comprehensive menu offering all things sweet such as coffee, frappes, boba, tea, juices, smoothies, acai, pitaya, milk snow, shaved ice, slushies, churros and even chamango. Don’t know what the latter is? Here you go!

Crave, 8939 W. Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 539- 3759.

The List:

78. Garlic Shrimp Poke at Costco 
79. Chimichurri Fries at Piaggo on Wheels 
80. Torta Cubana at Cancun Juice 
81. Adobo Bowl at Irenia 
82. Garlic Noodles at Krave Asian Fusion 
83. Broccolini at SeaSalt WoodFire Grill 
84. Spicy Tuna Roll at Yard House 
85. Amber Roll at Orange Roll and Sushi 
86. Frito Chili Cheeseburger at Burger Parlor 
87. Maui Sunrise at The Original Banzai Bowls 
88. Meals from The Performance Kitchen 
89. Pizza-Sized Quesadilla at Los Sanchez
90. Filipino Brunch at EATS Kitchen And Bar
91. Mexican Chocolate at the Pie Hole 
92. Biscuits at James Republic 
93. Mushroom Flatbread with Kale and Kumquat Salad at Lemonade 
94. Mexican-Style Gelatins from Santa Ana’s Gelatina Goddess 
95. Hot Pastrami Caesar Salad at Bruxie
96. Jalapeño Pupusas at Las Cazuelas
97. Meatball Sliders at Fresh Brothers
98. Buffalo Cauliflower at Mead’s Green Door Cafe
99. Raindrop Cake at Sunmerry Bakery
100. Doughrito at Surfin’ Donuts

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