Recently, Hangout MKE – an "activity cafe" at 1819 N. Farwell Ave. that encourages human interaction through oversized versions of classic games like pool, Scrabble, foosball and more – launched a new waffle bar inside its space.
The menu includes seven types of dessert waffles: cookies and cream, snickerdoodle, Nutella deluxe, salty sweet, cookie crunch, strawberries and cream, and s'mores. The sweet breakfast items come two to a plate and cost $4.75.
"We make the waffles fresh every morning in a Belgian waffle maker," says Hangout MKE supervisor, Amber Thomas. "Chocolate lovers will particularly like the waffles, but we also have a strawberry and cream waffle that's really good."
During a recent visit, my family tried them all and found them decadent, filling and delicious. The waffles are spongy yet slightly crispy and the toppings are generous. Because of their sweetness, the breakfast cakes pair well with the rich, sharp and slightly-bitter taste of Anodyne coffee, also available at Hangout MKE.
"Hangout MKE is a unique place where you can chill or play games, have coffee or have cocktails – whatever you feel like," says Thomas. "And now we have a waffle bar which is pretty unique, too."
We enjoyed the sweet and salty waffle the most, followed by the Nutella deluxe. Although they aren't something we'd eat every day, we'd definitely eat them again.
After the waffle feast, we played a game of foosball and determined it a successful Saturday morning family adventure that was something different from the usual.
Meghan Staszak and Becca Riddle opened Hangout MKE this summer. The women, who are partners in both life and business, wanted to offer an interactive social space – that wasn't a bar – for Milwaukeeans of all ages.
"It doesn't matter if you drink alcohol or don't drink alcohol. This is just a fun place to chill, play games and enjoy beverages, snacks and waffles," says Staszak.
For more info about Hangout MKE click here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.