Rod Dupen on his "killer waffle" and the soon-to-open Waffle Brothers in Uptown
One food you detest: Brussels sprouts taste like vomit. There's nothing good about them. In fact, they taste like Saturday morning after a good Friday night.
One food you can't live without, and why: In general, meat. I grew up on meat and potatoes and simply can't live without it.
Favorite dish on your menu: The Tremont Special, which is an original waffle with marshmallow cream cheese, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream. I love the combination of the sweet crystalized-sugar waffle with fresh fruit and the subtle taste of the marshmallow cream cheese.
Biggest menu bomb: We were new to the waffle business and served a fresh strawberry purée with powdered sugar as opposed to freshly sliced strawberries. People seriously thought it was a waffle with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese on top.
Weirdest customer request: Three years ago, someone asked for a waffle with meat, egg, cheese, jalapeños and Tabasco, which we thought was a weird request. Nonetheless, we decided to take a chance and then ended up adding it to our menu. Interestingly enough, now it's a staple.
Weirdest thing you've ever put in your mouth: The guts of a sea urchin.
What's the best food- or kitchen-related gift you've been given? Simply to be able to share something I love with thousands of other people.
What's your fantasy splurge? A Waffle Brothers Vegas on the Vegas strip, with fifteen large waffle irons, slot machines everywhere, fried chicken and booze. The end.
What's in the pipeline? We're currently working on opening our newest Waffle Brothers location at 17th and Lafayette, right in the heart of Uptown. This one is a big deal, because we're branching out and adding beer and wine to our menu, and hopefully -- finally -- serving chicken and waffles. We're striving to open in May. Come say "G'day."