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Good Eats

Season 9 Episode 9

The Waffle Truth

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 12, 2005 on Food Network
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Episode Summary

Alton takes on the guise of the Waffler in order to rid the world of the floppy, soggy travesties found in freezer cases and boxed pancake mixes. Recipes featured in this episode: - Basic Waffle - Chocolate Waffle

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  • One of this show's best episodes!

    Good eats is an amazing show, truth be told, but this one episode is a standout! This is the episode I show other people to get an idea of what the show is about. Alton Brown takes on the guise of "The Waffler", a crusader determined to save the population at large from bad waffles. He then shows us how to make great waffles. "W" makes an appearance on this show as well, and the sarcastic wordplay between the two is as amusing as always. Be certain to stick around after the credits to watch The Waffler dispense some (well deserved, I'm sure" justice to a little AB doll. You won't be disappointed with the costume, the cooking, or the entertainment. A fine episode all around.moreless
  • This is what Good Eats does best

    No fancy ingredients or expensive gadgets, just the simple truth of how to make an everyday item that we ignoramuses suffer storebought versions of every day. I love waffles, but Eggos and the like just don't cut it. I bought an electric waffle iron years ago and followed the instructions, along with a pancake & waffle mix, but they never really came out right, either, always floppy and never crispy. Damned if AB didn't come along and tell me what I did wrong. Between shows like this and "Churn, Baby, Churn," AB is a better salesman of basic appliances than QVC or Ron Popeil. I'm off to buy a new waffle iron and then hopefully to make some waffles worthy of the Grade-B amber maple syrup in my refrigerator.moreless
Deborah Duchon

Deborah Duchon

Nutritional Anthropologist

Recurring Role

Vickie Eng

Vickie Eng


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Alton: I'm The Waffler. I'm a crusader, battling to save common, everyday, decent folk from the soul-stifling power of mediocre waffles. Oh sure, you could say that it's stealing. But I would say that I'm not taking anything anyone wants in the first place. Waffles —- that is, real waffles -- are some of the most sublime culinary items on earth, not to mention fine multitaskers. But their unique shape and crust characteristics make them especially attractive to foodstuff manufacturers who have flooded the market with counterfeit waffle wannabes. Floppy, flavorless factory food. So, if I haven't hit your house yet, do yourself a favor and toss out those grim, storebought grids of yours, because real waffles, perhaps more than any other food on earth, are ... [Good Eats]

  • NOTES (0)


    • The Waffle Truth
      This is a riff on The Awful Truth, a Michael Moore expose and political vehicle than ran for two seasons starting in 1999.

    • W
      "Equipment specialist" W appears in this episode as in many others. The long suffering expert is a take off on "Q", the redoubtable and often irate armorer who makes James Bond's clever gadgets.