What’s Up With The Waffles!
Legend has it that in the early part of the century (circa 2002), Marvin Huffaker had been asking his wife for a Waffle Maker for Christmas for several years. However, for the longest time, she thought it was a joke and bought him socks and underwear instead. Then on a business trip to California, Marvin stumbled upon the most incredible waffle maker he had ever witnessed. He just had to buy it right then and there. It was a Professional grade Belgian Waffle Maker, and it soon became a fixture on top of the countertop at the Huffaker Household.
Marvin’s love for waffles turned from making waffles for the family on Sunday morning, to making waffles for neighbor kids that stayed over. Soon after that, the waffle craze turned into complete Waffle Parties. This was in Arizona, and friends from all over would come splash in the pool or hot tub, play board games inside, hang out and enjoy the back patio, and of course enjoy a variety of waffles and cocktails. We would experiment with different types of waffles as well as toppings. Some were sweet dessert waffles, while others were savory and hearty.
Rightfully so, many people didn’t understand the waffle party concept, nor could they grasp the concept of a savory waffle. Most people think a waffle is just a sugary snack that holds syrup neatly in a little square. And many people questioned how a Cornbread waffle could even be considered food. But anybody that tried the waffles were quickly turned into raving fans.
The thought of opening a Waffle restaurant or even a Waffle Party catering business crossed Marvin’s mind quite a bit, but with scheduling and other business committments, it wasn’t a feasible option at the time. Not until Marvin and his family purchased The Clinton Inn anyway. With the Clinton Inn, and the acquisition of the full commercial kitchen, we were presented with lots of options and possibilties. So with Sunday Brunch, we decided to start introducing Michigan to Waffles… Huffaker Style.
We’ve taken many of our favorites and expanded or modified to make them even better, and we have some great hits and a few misses. But to this day we have numerous Waffles on our menu, and regularly feature specialty waffles for limited time periods. We hope you’ll come check out our Sunday Brunch and see what kind of waffles we’re offering that day. And once you try them we know you’ll be hooked! Here are a few waffles we have delivered: