Crepes, waffles, and a battle of batters

mobatta_crepe_500In some ways, this is a downtown battle of batters and preparation. But in a bigger sense, this is a battle between Le Mont Saint-Michel and Liege, as we compare Mobatta’s crepes and Sweet Iron’s waffles.

Everyone loves crepes, or so it seems in Seattle. Hiding behind the boom of cupcakeries in the city, look around and you’ll see a boomlet of creperies sprouting up here and there in various neighborhoods. Mobatta has a couple of shops in downtown Seattle, while also making appearances at events like the Bite of Seattle. There’s an extensive menu offering both sweet and savory toppings, getting as fancy as the Northwest Salmon crepe that comes with mozzarella, spinach, onion, tomato, red peppers and lemon juice. We actually like the simplicity of a crepe with powdered sugar, and perhaps a little butter for added fat. Crepes are comfort food, soft and cuddly and easy to cram into the mouth.

sweetironwaffle500A good waffle, on the other hand, should be crisp and bite-able. With this Seattlest writer’s bio boasting ownership of four waffle irons, it was high time to high-tail it over to Sweet Iron to check out their waffles. Sweet Iron begins with a brioche yeast dough, and the workers claim that the addition of pearl sugar is what creates caramelized goodness. The store strives for sustainability, supporting local farmers and going organic whenever possible. We enjoyed a brie and basil waffle, adding a bit of bacon for extra fatty crunch. Good stuff, though as with the crepe, we find ourselves falling for the classic waffle. Simple and yet sophisticated, it brings back happy memories of walking through the streets of Belgium with a sweet treat in our hands.

Both Mobatta and Sweet Iron offer fun, grab-n-go (or eat-in) snacks in sweet and savory varieties. Is one better than the other? In the end, it might be a matter of texture preference. We give the edge to the waffle, but you won’t go wrong with either.

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