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The Winchester
Liege waffles at The Winchester.

It’s been a while since we dragged out our waffle iron--the truth is, we’d rather let our local diner do the heavy lifting.

And oh how we wish that diner were as bright and inviting as The Winchester, a new Ukrainian Village breakfast and brunch spot that’s serving up waffles like we’ve never tasted.

In Belgium they’re called Liege waffles, and they’re a grab-and-go street food usually eaten at room temperature. At The Winchester, the yeast dough is given 16 hours to rise, and the resulting dense, chewy waffles are sweet enough that they can be eaten without syrup. (Ask for syrup anyway. The Winchester gets its from Burton’s Maplewood Farm in Indiana, and it is fantastic.)

On weekdays, place your order at the counter, take a number and wait for your food to arrive at your table--while watching neighboring diners type away on their laptops. On weekends, the café does a proper brunch with table service (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Either way, start with a waffle for the table and then order the breakfast sandwich of farm eggs, kale, cheddar and peppers on soft grain bread ($8.25). It’s a wholesome, simple way to start the day. After that sweet waffle starter, of course.

The Winchester, 1001 N. Winchester Ave.; 773-698-8703 or winchesterchicago.com

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