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FALL 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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and whipped cream made in a special Italian machine. A sweet-and-salty Lumberjack Waffle is studded with bacon bits and topped with maple buttercream. Don't expect syrup; these are sweet enough without it. Anyone who can manage to put away four deluxe waffles wins recognition with his or her photo on the "Waffle Wall of Fame." Coffee drinks are crafted with a proprietary blend of beans. Now that the business is up and running — with help from the kids who range in age from 16 to 23 — the family has moved to a larger home near Ardrey Kell High School. On a recent visit to the shop, daughter Sylvia made espressos while Ella delivered just-baked waffles to diners at the counter and at a cluster of small tables. Asked if this was their first visit, a trio of friends all shook their heads no. "We come here all the time," one said. On Saturdays, customers pack in, sometimes three deep at the bar, but service is fast. Chris and Krista designed the menu and prices to be family friendly. The shop sells waffles in bulk and vacuum-seals them for two-day shipping to most anywhere in the country. Café hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. While still unusual in the U.S., waffles are a popular street food in Belgium. People stroll and nibble on "naked" waffles, plain and unadorned. It's too soon to tell if that trend will catch on here. But one thing is certain: you'll never look at these confections the same way after you learn how they make them in Liege — and at Cast Iron Waffles. There's no waffling on that. Liege waffles emerge from a 90-pound, Belgian waffle iron perfectly crisped. Owners Chris and Krista Duggan designed the menu and prices at Cast Iron Waffles to be family-friendly. BALLANTYNE FALL 2018 50 Fab Fare Jeff Genant Agency 15105 John J. Delaney Drive Charlotte, NC 28277 (704) 594-3000 Jeff Genant Agency Providing Insurance and Financial Services Licensed in NC & SC Jeff Genant Agency - State Farm Jeff Genant Agency - State Farm

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