Go sweet and savory at Shaky Alibi
You don't need a trendy truck to serve street food in L.A., as proven by Mid-City's new Shaky Alibi, a sleek coffee shop and wafflerie.
The specialty here is the liège waffle, a rich, dense version of the breakfast classic that's found at street vendors throughout Belgium. It's pretty much the only food you can get at Shaky Alibi, but it's served in a variety of delicious ways.
A yeasty batter and chunks of pearl sugar, which caramelize when baked, give these little square treats their chewy texture and crunchy exterior. They are sweet enough to eat plain ($5.50), though a topping of fruit and whipped cream never hurts.
We like the waffles best with a swipe of speculoos, a Belgian graham-cracker spread whose texture is akin to peanut butter, and bananas ($8.50). Or be really indulgent and try one topped with a scoop of rich, organic vanilla ice cream ($8).
And as others have noticed, waffles aren't just for breakfast anymore. When split in half, these are sturdy vehicles for toasted meat-and-cheese combos like Black Forest ham and melted smoked fontina ($9; pictured).
Dusted with powdered sugar and served hot, it's like a Monte Cristo--only better.
Shaky Alibi, 7401 Beverly Blvd., Mid-City; 323-938-5282 or shakyalibi.com
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