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Breakfast is the new dinner. If you didn't know that, time to wake up.
In the trenches of the South Loop, breakfast of a different sort has taken shape. At Waffles (1400 S Michigan Ave, 312-854-8572)—an eatery so 2011 it has a conference room—breakfast is not a small bite but a meal of extravagance. There are two versions of the eponymous breakfast food here: a crisp and airy Brussels waffle, and a dense and sugary liege waffle. In a land where waffles are almost always prepared wrong (i.e., America), a place like this is a relief. If only the owners hadn’t let their American sensibilities get the better of them and kept it simple—as it is, they top these waffles with everything from cream cheese to meatballs. On the Mexican chocolate Brussels waffle, the combination of orange and chocolate worked (half the time breakfast is dessert anyway, right?), but a savory pork shoulder topping only fought with the sweet liege waffle. Best to get these things served plain.