[photo: Como Sur]

[photo: Como Sur]

Buffalo Waffles is the quirky new Santiago dining option located in the hip Lastarria neighborhood.  Surrounded by record stores, cutting edge museums, a new boutique hotel, and other popular dining establishments like Emporio La Rosa and the forthcoming second location of Hogs, this new fast food spot could set a new standard for what cheap eats look like in Santiago.  Open just two months, they already have a passionate, steady clientele and a product that’s simply too delicious to pass up.

Buffalo Waffle is the brainchild of owners Stefan Feddersen, who also owns the nearby Jugatrupa, and Thomas Schulze Boeing.  Though their names might have you think otherwise, both are native Chileans.  The concept came about on a trip to Cordoba, Argentina last year where they encountered another waffle shop.  They were so inspired by the idea and its simplicity, that on the drive back to Santiago, they came up with Buffalo Waffles.  Both fervent reggae fans, they took the name from Bob Marley’s ‘Buffalo Soldier’.

The concept of Buffalo Waffles is simple.  Waffles cooked over flame in cast-iron waffle irons, stuffed with both sweet and savory ingredients, though not together.  Savory options include everything from prosciutto to goat cheese, turkey to arugula.  Sweets include strawberries, Nutella, manjar and more.  The fillings go in between to freshly cooked waffles and your sandwich goes in a sleeve.  No seats.  No stand up bar.  Take out only.  One delicious waffle sandwich at a time.  Hungry yet?

Schulze and Feddersen source a good deal of their products from the nearby Vega Central, Santiago’s massive farmer’s market that has a constantly changing lineup of products with each new season.  In addition to the waffles they serve fresh, natural juices that are also made in house.  The dough for the waffles is made by hand, too, so customers know that even though it’s fast, it’s still fresh.  And that’s just what they’re trying to achieve.

To talk to Thomas Schulze, one of the co-owners, you get a complete sense of just how passionate he is about the business.  He realizes that it’s not exactly a Chilean offer, but that’s also not his or his partner’s goal.  For both Schulze and Feddersen, the idea is to bring a fresh, but interesting alternative to cheap eats in Santiago.  In a city that is riddled with mass-produced hot dogs slathered in mayonnaise, Buffalo Waffles is taking a radical new approach to what and how people can eat.

Buffalo Waffles is located at 315 Merced, Santiago.

[photo: Buffalo Waffles]

[photo: Buffalo Waffles]

[photo: Como Sur]

[photo: Como Sur]

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