by Sandra Stringer
Sweet Belgium is a new place of interest to anyone on James Island who loves waffles.
I’m not talking about those waffles you buy in the frozen section at the grocery store. Frankly, even the waffles you can get at places that make them fresh all day long aren’t going to be able to compete with what Sweet Belgium has to offer.
Sweet Belgium’s waffles are excellent in consistency – crispy outside and chewy inside – and incredibly flavorful. Perfect!
Their waffles are made with real Belgian products. The “Leige” waffle is their specialty and can be eaten plain or with powdered sugar, cinnamon, whipped cream, caramel, or walnuts. They also offer special glazed flavors like almond, coconut, dark chocolate, white chocolate, lime and orange.
I visited their storefront operation on Folly Road, and got a chance to meet one of the owners, Sergio Tosi. He and his wife Audrey are from Belgium, where he got his start working for more than 9 years at a company called “Mmmmh“, which I’m guessing is the sound you make when you eat their food!
They moved to Charleston for a change of scene. “We wanted to be on the coast and close to some of my family who live in Greenville”, Mr. Tosi noted, but they were particularly interested in the food and event scene here in Charleston.
He added that while Belgium has many specialties including beer, chocolate, comics and, of course, waffles, “Charleston did not have Belgian waffles in its food portfolio yet…that is the reason we decided to bring this authentic product all the way here. Also…I love waffles!”
The storefront is not the only thing Sweet Belgium is bringing to the table. They work as a catering and event company too, offering a dessert bar with their waffles featuring a variety of toppings and sprinkles, ideal for a party, birthday or wedding. And…a chocolate fountain! “The chocolate fountain is not more famous in Belgium than it is here”, he said, “but the Belgian chocolate we use for ours is!”
One thing I know for sure: I won’t be able to eat anyone else’s waffles after experiencing what Sweet Belgium is cooking up on their waffle irons. There simply is no comparison!
Sweet Belgium is located at 327 Folly Road in the Cross Creek Shopping Center behind the BNC Bank. Easiest access is to turn left at Crosscreek Drive and then right into the first entrance. You can get more information at their website or on their Facebook page.
Sandra Stringer is our Editor. Liz McCafferty is our Staff Photographer, a freelance photographer and blogger.