Coffee Break: Waffles & Wedges

Belgian waffle at Waffles & Wedges, 1511 Pine St. ( Michael Klein / Philly.com )

Where: 1511 Pine St.

The lowdown: Belgian-style waffles, an eye-popping list of toppings and dipping sauces, thick-cut potato wedges and coffee from Philly Fair Trade Roasters.

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday- Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a..m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Backstory: Andrea Capecci burst onto the local food scene last year with Pbon's Fresh Phood of Philly, the eclectic seafood-and-sausage food truck she launched with her brother, Nicholas. The truck's still going strong, but Capecci longed for a bricks-and-mortar shop to specialize in her real passion: waffles. We're not talking about the frozen Frisbees you get at the supermarket. Capecci and longtime friend Laura Judy whip up crunchy, chewy waffles with caramelized pearl sugar from scratch. Their potato wedges - plain or sweet potato - are baked, not fried.

You gotta try: "The liege waffle. You can't walk out of here without one," Capecci says. Her guilty pleasure? The Party Crasher, a liege with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.

And the coffee? Capecci and Judy wanted their coffee to come from a local company. After much hand-wringing, they decided to go with Feltonville's Fair Trade Roasters. The company prides itself on its hand-roasted beans and its environment- and farmer-friendly practices.

Eat for a good cause: My Two Cents Tuesday, on the last Tuesday of the month. Capecci explains: "People can go to our website, fill out a form and pick a charity of their choice, and 15 percent of our sales that day will go to that charity."

Ambience: The shop offers a handful of seats inside and out. Your eyes will wander to the pennies that blanket the floor in front of the register. Capecci and Judy put 'em together - heads up for good luck. Exposed bricks - and horse hair! - in the walls date to the 1700s.

Prices: Buttermilk waffle, $4; Liege, $5; Gluten-free, $5; Potato wedges, $3 or $4.50; toppings (too many to list) 50 cents to $1.75; Party Crasher, $6; Philly Melt, $8; the Pbon, $8.

Social stuff: Twitter: @WafflesWedges, Facebook: Waffles & Wedges, Instagram: @WafflesWedges, Web: www.waffleswedges.com.


Daily News staff writer David Gambacorta would like to live in a house made of liege waffles.