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Food truck fun: This time it’s waffles

May 10, 2012 - 09:26 AM
Food truck fun: This time it’s waffles

Red velvet waffles with cream cheese frosting and roasted pecans. Photo by Emma Patti

Ever had a crab cake on a waffle? How about red velvet waffles with cream cheese frosting?

At Cole’s Palette, the latest food truck to roll into Montgomery County, you can get both, plus a handful of other savory and sweet waffle options—fried chicken breast, pecan, chocolate chip, and for purists, simply plain.

The palate behind Cole’s Palette is Cole Whaley, an amiable 31-year-old former senior account manager with a life-long love affair with waffles.

Growing up in Cleveland, it was a family tradition to have them every year for Christmas breakfast. And as a college student at Cleveland State, “they were a large part of my diet,” says Whaley. “They’re cheap, they’re quick.”

Fast forward to his food truck, where Whaley’s waffle iron makes two-inch-thick round waffles that look like the Belgian type, but aren’t made with yeast. He buys a dry waffle mix and adds eggs and butter (he makes the red velvet batter from scratch).

But don’t expect waffles with a light and airy consistency; that’s not what he’s aiming for.

Whaley says he doesn’t feel right charging $6 for a chocolate chip waffle that’s mostly air. When it comes to his two savory selections, “I wanted my waffles to more resemble bread,” he adds.

Yesterday in Silver Spring, I tried the crab cake, and I’d have to agree that its waffle seat was not light and airy. To me, it was rather doughy and superfluous. But the mini crab cakes were terrific, fried to a golden brown, with lots of chunks of jumbo lump crab. Good tartar sauce, too.

The pecan waffle, its batter shot with toasted pecans, was the best of the bunch; its exterior was slightly crisp, while its interior seemed more fully cooked.

Starting this summer, Whaley says he’ll be attending a 20-week cooking program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg.

And in the future, he hopes to branch out to food truck fish and chips.

I’ll be there.

(Left to right) Crab cake on waffles, Cole Whaley, and roasted pecan waffles. Photos by Emma Patti

www.colespalette.com. E-mail: cole.whaley@colespalette.com. Twitter @coles_palette

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May 13, 2012 09:52 am
 Posted by  Ann Cochran

Carol,
How can I find out which food trucks park in and around Bethesda/Potomac? Is there a list you can share, and do I have to sign up with each one to get info on where they are? I am not into Twitter enough to consider it a viable way to do this.
Thanks!
Ann

May 16, 2012 11:33 am
 Posted by  Carole Sugarman

Hi Ann,
You're in luck! In the current issue of Bethesda Magazine (May/June), I wrote a story about Montgomery County food trucks. The story is posted on our website (go to Magazine on the left hand side and select "current issue"), and it contains a round-up of all the trucks, what they serve and their phone numbers, e-mails, websites, etc. My experience has been that many of the food truck operators post their Twitter feeds on their websites,so you can find out exactly where they are in real time--and some post a list of their daily locations.
There's a lot of good food and fun food truck owners out there, so enjoy!
Carole

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Welcome to Table Talk, the blog version of the column in Bethesda Magazine. Be one of the first to find out about new restaurants and food shops, and join in the lively discussion about first bites, snipes and recommendations.

Before becoming Food Editor of Bethesda Magazine, Carole Sugarman was an award-winning food reporter for The Washington Post for 20 years. She has also written for national food magazines and a food policy newsletter, as well as judged cookbook and cooking contests. She lives in Chevy Chase where she eats PB&J for lunch when she’s not working.

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