After failing to find a seat during their late-morning rush on a few different occasions, I finally managed to actually eat at Black Coffee & Waffle Bar in Northeast Minneapolis. The restaurant was still almost awkwardly full of patrons at 11 a.m. on a Sunday, but I was able to snag two seats while my boyfriend waited in the long line to order.
I’d heard people rave about how incredible it was—and judging by how packed the small restaurant always seemed to be, I wholeheartedly believed that I was about to eat the best waffle I’d ever had.
The cashier told us that the wait for waffles was around 40 minutes, so I ordered a mocha to drink in the meantime. It was pretty and tasted decent but unfortunately it wasn’t very hot, just lukewarm.
My s’more waffle was ready earlier than the estimated time, and it was delicious. However, I think it’s worth noting that my taste in waffles is similar to that of ‘Parks and Recreation’s’ Leslie Knope—basically, a sugar fest. The waffle was smothered in chocolate chips, marshmallows, crushed graham crackers and drizzled with chocolate.
The only problem with my waffle was that it was so sweet, I could only eat half of it. I felt really bad that I couldn’t finish a waffle that cost nearly $8, and it seemed like a waste.
After hearing people go on and on about Black Coffee and Waffle Bar, I expected something incredible; what I got instead was a decent, slightly overpriced waffle and a pretty, lukewarm mocha.
I might try going again when it isn’t so crowded. Maybe it’ll be better when the small kitchen isn’t so busy.
FINAL VERDICT: 3/5 stars
It was good, but not as good as people made it out to be.
Black: Coffee and Waffle Bar is located at
1500 Como Avenue
SE Minneapolis 55414
Their hours are:
Sun-Thurs: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(photos by Rebecca Rehm)