Wine and Waffles
“Here’s to wine and waffles,” may seem like an odd wedding toast, but not if the newlyweds are Ken and Vickie Monize. That’s because the combination perfectly describes their union as well as their new restaurant, Wine and Waffles on Park Street.
As with many a culinary breakthrough, some explanation is in order. Ken grew up in the North Bay around the wine industry and even tried his hand at making wine. Vickie’s family has owned the legendary Ole’s Waffle Shop on Park Street for more than 40 years. Together, a pairing of wine and waffles seemed inevitable. And when the space next door to Ole’s (which it already owned) became available, they didn’t waffle. Or they did, depending on how you look at it.
The resulting bistro aims to pair savory and sweet waffles with the perfect wine. According to Ken, the wine served depends on the waffle. What about a waffle with fresh peaches, Mr. Sommelier/waffle guy? “I’d pair that with a buttery Chardonnay or a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc.” Sounds tempting. How about one smothered in braised veal and mushrooms? “A savory waffle would be better with something dryer,” says Ken. “A Chardonnay that has a lot of oak in it. Or a Zinfandel with blue or blackberry notes.”
Wine and Waffles doesn’t intend to be a one-trick pony. The Monzies also plan on serving a full line of small plates such as sliders, mac ’n’ cheese squares, and fish tacos. An Alameda first will be the opportunity to do some hot stone cooking; wait staff ferry hot stones to the table for patrons to grill meats themselves.
Wine and Waffles will also be a late night hangout with open mic nights, a baby grand piano, and a fireplace. And yes, if you can’t decide between dinner and breakfast and must combine the two, fried chicken and waffles will be in the mix as well.
“It’s not going to be a typical wine bar.” Indeed.
Wine and Waffles, 1505 Park St., Alameda, wineandwaffles.com.