When your menu focuses on waffles, you’ve got to nail them. Tiabi—its name is an acronym for its motto, “To Inspire and Be Inspired”—does a fine job of it. Crispy outside and chewy inside, these waffles were only overcooked once on my numerous visits (and that, apparently, while test-driving a new Belgian waffle iron). Those are good odds for a startup.
Tiabi’s signature waffle is the Hashtag, a whimsically shaped play on the breakfast favorite, and the Hashtag breakfast sandwich ($5) layers sausage, egg and cheese between two fluffy waffles. If you’re a traditionalist, thin round and thick Belgian waffles are available.
The shop’s young owners are so passionate about waffles they’ll stick anything between them, creating the West Coast ($6), a chicken club with avocado and a flavorful, soy-based aioli, and the Waffledilla ($5), which folds cheese-smothered chicken into a thin waffle. And then there’s the Breakfast Lolly, a waffle-encased turkey sausage. Yes, meat-stuffed waffles … inspired indeed.
Tiabi Coffee & Waffle Bar 3961 Maryland Parkway, 222-1722. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.