Eat and Drink Waffles vs. pancakes By GEORGIA KRAL March 24, 2014 3:33 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Let's take a look at the age-old question: waffles or pancakes? The two are basically the same: the ingredients to make each are practically identical, and absolutely identical if you're using Bisquick or some other mix. But that's where the similarities end. Waffles are crispier and are either squares or circles. Pancakes are circles unless you're creative and use cookie cutters to make them. Waffles are fluffier, while pancakes are generally richer. Each one has positive qualities that can't be denied, and each one has it's die-hard fans. Which one are you? VOTE in our poll. Waffles have receptacles Photo Credit: FLICKR/ VLKR Just look at those square boxes, perfect for holding syrup and butter. Pancakes don't have those. There's something magical about a tall stack Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Garret Keogh The way gravity makes the edges drape. The way the number of pancakes creates both excitement and dread. The fact that you can put a pat of butter between each one and have no trouble melting it... Ahhhh! Waffles taste great with cheese Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Mastermaq A waffle is flexible. Just look at this tasty, savory, delicious spread. Cheese on pancakes? Not gonna happen. GRIDDLE. CAKES. Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Dvorty girl A griddle is kind of old-fashioned and romantic, isn't it? It brings to mind retro diners, small-town truck stops along a desolate highway or long-lost memories of a southern breakfast at Grandma's house. Waffles just don't carry that same heavy nostalgia. The waffle is better for dessert Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Nathan de Gargoyle Sure, you can put whipped cream and fruit on a pancake, but ice cream and chocolate go better with waffles. It has something to do with the bread-like nature of a pancake vs the cookie-like nature of the waffle, if you ask us. You can't flip a waffle! Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Carolyn Hack Seriously, this is some real fun! Have you tried it? (It can be discouraging and not that fun if you can't catch the pancake for the life of you. Don't say we didn't warn you.) Have you ever heard of pancake fries? Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Basheertome Nope, you haven't. While of course we're aware that waffle fries aren't waffles at all, and are cut from potatoes just like regular fries, waffle fries look like waffles and taste awesome. So there. Beavis pancake!!!!! Photo Credit: Instagram/ thegavin2000 There's absolutely no way you can make Beavis out of a waffle. So that's plus 1 for flexibility of shape for team pancakes! Waffle stix?! Photo Credit: FLICKR/ alanosaur Remember what we said about waffles lending themselves to dessert? Here's another example: waffle stix, put on a stick and topped with scoops of ice cream. Enough said. Latkes (oh yeah) are pancakes, too Photo Credit: FLICKR/ lynn.gardner Latkes, or potato pancakes, could never be made in the shape of a waffle. I mean, please go ahead and try, but just don't forget to take pics and tweet / Instagram them @amNewYork! Waffle pizza is a real thing Photo Credit: FLICKR/ Electricity Mule Do you see the flexibility of the waffle?! It's pretty incredible. We've never thought of putting cheese and veggie toppings on waffles before, but it sounds pretty effing tasty. Pancakes can be healthy Photo Credit: FLICKR/ digiyesica Pancakes stay moister than waffles, which allows for more variation on ingredients. And these vegan apple pancakes do look pretty tasty. OMG The Waffle Taco Photo Credit: Taco Bell Behold Taco Bell's Waffle Taco, with bacon, eggs, cheese and "sweet syrup." Do you think this would work with a pancake??? Where to get waffles for Waffle Day Photo Credit: Georgia Kral So, are you hungry for waffles now? Here are our picks for where to eat them in the city: Sweet Chick (for chicken and waffles, pictured above), 164 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, sweetchicknyc.com, 347-725-4793 Wafels & Dinges food trucks (for Belgian waffles with inspired toppings), wafelsanddinges.com for info and locations Mike's Coffee Shop (for classic, greasy-spoon waffles) 328 Dekalb Ave., Clinton Hill, 718-857-1462 Locanda Verde (for whole grain with strawberries, basil and mascarpone), 377 Greenwich St., 212-925-3797, locandaverdenyc.com By GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.