Why can’t I just eat my waffle?

By Maria A. Montalvo | Jul 18, 2018

Just over 10 years ago, then-presidential candidate and Sen. Barack Obama sat in a diner as a reporter questioned him on a litany of subjects, including Middle East peace. He answered with what must have been a rhetorical question, “Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

As a fan of waffles, I was surprised to learn that there is a waffle that does not look like the traditional square kind or the round version. This one has a square waffle pattern. It is called the bubble waffle, and you can now eat one in Edmonds at a new spot called Gravity Bar.

Originally popular in Hong Kong as a dessert – an egg-battered, puffed up, waffle-type dessert – the bubble waffle traveled our way first to British Columbia, then on to Seattle in 2017. While on the move, the bubble waffle took on new toppings and filling, transforming from a dessert to a main course and any-time food with sweet and savory options.

The bubble waffle is rolled or wrapped around chosen fillings, from fruit to ice cream, to ham and cheese.

The waffle may be the attention grabber, but the choices extend far beyond this waffle burrito at Gravity Bar, the creation of friends Elyssa Boyd and Heather Hanson, with help from Elyssa’s husband, Danny.

It offers a variety of menu items appropriate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even some healthy choices.

When we ordered our bubble waffles, just a few minutes after the restaurant opened, Gravity Bar was already buzzing. Three preteen boys ran in at full speed, buzzing past two young women strolling in wearing yoga gear, soon to order the Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl ($6.95 or $8.95) that everyone seems to be talking about.

A runner left clutching one of the many delicious and freshly made smoothies. And in typical small-business fashion, Boyd guided the installation of a new Stella beer tap and having the windows cleaned.

My husband ordered the Guardians of the Galaxy smoothie, perfect with its blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries ($5.95), and we watched as the fresh fruits were blended to order. Other equally well-named smoothies include the Chunky Monkey and Pineapple Express. You can add spinach or avocado, banana, or spirulina, turmeric, cacoa or chia seeds.

We had to try one sweet bubble waffle (filling options include bananas, berries, Nutella, chocolate chips, marshmallows, sprinkles, cookie crumbles, whipped cream, strawberry jam, or chocolate syrup) and one savory (one choice: ham and cheese).

All bubble waffles come with maple syrup and start at $7.95 for sweet or $9.95 for savory. The sweet one was overflowing with fresh bananas and berries, while the savory covered in cheddar and ham.

We marveled at the rest of the menu, including shave ice and Italian sodas (available with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream), a variety of salads, a few sandwiches, and some really creative snacks. I will be back to try the Pickle Sushi ($4.50).

Gravity Bar serves beer and wine, as well.

As we were leaving, another family – mom, dad, grandmother and two kids – walked in enthusiastically, the little boy already naming off the toppings he planned to request. The Gravity Bar seemed to be very deliberate in creating a place where the whole family can find something they like, and everyone is comfortable taking some time to sit and relax.

The former president and anyone else who wants to just eat a bubble waffle can now do so right here in Edmonds, or they can try something else.

Gravity Bar is located at 610 Fifth Avenue S. Games and toys are available for guests enjoying its casual indoor and outdoor seating. It is open every day at 10 a.m., closing at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sundays.

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