Valley Plaza has a few tasty addition coming its way with a still-unnamed restaurant going up where the Sears Auto Center was and a Five Guys set to open inside the mall. Meanwhile something sweet is cooking near center court.

The Wafflejack kiosk, located near Forever 21, is actually part of a small Southern California chain with two other locations in Hollywood and Northridge. They specialize in those round Belgian waffles with the vanishing edge, used in breakfast treats, as bread for sandwiches or “bits,” possibly dusted with cinnamon sugar and named after a churro. They have both sweet and savory, the latter in six different “sandwiches” created by cutting a waffle in half and stuffing it with cheese, meat and vegetables.

On our visit we ordered the pastrami sandwich ($7.75) and a sweet waffle, the Reese’s ($5). The pastrami itself was sort of dry, but had melted Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard inside. Just not sure it’s a natural fit for the slightly sweet, not too crispy waffle they offer here. Next time I’ll try the barbecue chicken. The Reese’s, on the other hand, had chocolate sauce and small bits of the famous peanut butter cup. Quite a way to start your day.

You can also get waffles with fresh sliced bananas and strawberries, which were visible on the counter. They also offer “homemade strawberry milk” which the sign said was made with three ingredients: ice, strawberry puree and whole milk. It looked refreshing.

Service was slow, mostly because there were only two people working there and one stepped outside the booth to talk on her cell phone, leaving her co-worker out to dry. This while three customers were lined up behind me to order food, and the dedicated employee who stayed couldn’t take orders and assemble orders at the same time. Exhibit A in the case employers have against cell phone use while on the job. Seriously, she was outside the booth on her phone for a good 10 minutes. At least the responsible employee was pleasant and didn’t lose her cool.

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