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'Wonut' Debut Leaves Waffles Cafe 'Inundated' With Waffle Doughnut Requests

By Serena Dai | April 25, 2014 1:57pm | Updated on April 28, 2014 8:40am

LAKEVIEW — A local breakfast joint might just have invented the next cronut.

Waffles Cafe debuted a "wonut," or waffle doughnut, and after word of it spread via international media this week, the cafe has been "inundated with customers," said owner Alex Hernandez's mother, who picked up the phone at the Lakeview location, 3611 N. Broadway.

She said Hernandez would be returning the flurry of media calls later in the day.

"The press is beautiful, but we need to service the customers," she said.

The wonut is what it sounds like — a mini-waffle deep fried and then covered in glaze, sprinkles or other toppings more typical of a doughnut than a waffle. Flavors include sugar, marshmallow, maple, green tea and Mexican chocolate.

The cafe has been selling them for months now, but a recent spotlight from Thrillist went viral on sites from feminist blog Jezebel to British tabloid Daily Mail.

"We can all just die happy now, because LOOK AT THAT F-----G PICTURE," Jezebel declared. "Humanity is never topping this."

Waffles is known for its creative breakfast fare. Beyond the new wonut, the cafe has experimented with waffles in all different breakfast forms, from waffle benedicts to green tea-flavored waffles.


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