Mickey-Shaped Waffle @ Carnation Cafe

Price: $11.99

When: November 18, 2015, 10:30 AM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Recommended

If you’re visiting the Carnation Cafe and you’re not in the mood for a Ham and Cheese Omelet, you might be tempted by the Mickey-Shaped Waffle.

This dish is the epitome of literal naming. I mean, it’s a waffle. It’s in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head. And … there you go.

My friend Lise assures me that not all Mickey-Shaped Waffles are created equal. This dish is served in several locations around the parks and hotels, and she has a running list of favorites (and non-favorites). I’ll be testing each of them in turn, but the Carnation incarnation makes her “approved” list. So it seemed like a good place to start.

The presentation here is incredibly simple: you have the waffle, dusted with powdered sugar. It’s accompanied by butter and maple syrup so you can doctor your waffle (if that’s your thing). And you get your choice of bacon or “chicken-apple sausage links” on the side.

We went with the bacon.

The waffle is pretty light, and not too doughy. It’s good, with plenty of distinct flavor – not too yeasty or chewy. And, if you choose to dip (or drench) the thing in syrup, you’ve basically got the makings of a carbohydrate coma. It’s a hell of a way to start your morning.

The bacon is well-cooked, but not crispy. The flavor is fine. I prefer my bacon crunchy, not floppy, but that’s a personal thing.

Overall? If you enjoy waffles (and not doing Paleo, or something), I recommended this. And I’m sure any kids in your party (or particularly young-at-heart adults) will love it.