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Wally Kennedy: The Waffle Window opens in former Mary Lee's on 20th Street

Mar. 8—You never know what you might hear sitting at the counter at Fred and Red's, 1719 S. Main St. While eating a junior spaghetti red there last week, I was told that a new waffle place had opened in the former Mary Lee's restaurant at 712 W. 20th St.

So I checked out The Waffle Window on Wednesday to see what's on the menu. I'm glad I did.

I like waffles, but they're not my first choice for breakfast. When I do order a waffle, I don't want it all gussied up with fresh fruit, whipped cream and add-ons. I like my waffles with a little butter and some maple syrup. The Waffle Window has a full line up of both sweet and savory waffles with all kinds of ingredients. It even has a waffle burger with, of course, waffle fries. That meal, with a drink, costs $8.

As Keith Tasdighysales, who owns the restaurant with fiancee Caylor Smith, said, "We've got it all." and they do.

I know where to go to get the breakfast foods I like. For instance, if I want eggs Benedict, I will go to The Bruncheonette, 424 N. Main St. If I want an omelette, I might go to Jimmy's Egg or First Watch on South Range Line Road. If I want a sausage biscuit, I'll go to McDonald's. I'm a big fan of biscuits and gravy. When I want that, I'll go to the Waffle House on South Range Line. It's a great value.

So I was intrigued by the biscuits and gravy that The Waffle Window offers. The owner insisted I sample a small version of their biscuits with sausage gravy. The full version is $8. The biscuit, which was deep-fried, was covered with a lightly seasoned gravy. They place small pieces of sausage on top of the gravy. With the first bite, I knew that this version of biscuits and gravy could be a contender for best in town. It was that good.

Of course, if a place makes a great version of biscuits and gravy, it's likely the rest of the menu will be top-notch. Up next for me will be some kind of waffle creation. I'll try anything once.

The owners got their start a year ago with a food truck at local events. They will continue to operate the food truck but hope to find a more permanent location for it.

The restaurant, which has been open for about three weeks, has inside and outside seating. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant plans to expand with evening hours this summer.

Up nextA new restaurant that specializes in the traditional flavors of Honduras and Mexico could open at any time on South Main Street.

Keith and Liana Figueroa are opening Latin Fusion in a storefront at 1520 S. Main St. Over the last 2 1/2 months, they have transformed a former smoothie shop into a casual restaurant with a full kitchen and bar.

Keith Figueroa, a native of Santa Barbara in Honduras, worked four years at Habanero's Mexican Grill in Carthage. He said he and his wife wanted to introduce Honduran foods to the area while offering traditional Mexican foods. The restaurant will offer daily specials.

Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

In the works

A new burger restaurant could be coming to the former Hardee's restaurant at 1810 S. Main St. Renovation activity has been taking place there for the last few weeks.

A worker at the site told me the restaurant might be called Burgeroo's, but don't hold me to that.

The Hardee's restaurant closed in April of last year. It was the first of several Hardee's restaurants in the area to close.

Contact Wally Kennedy at wkennedy@joplinglobe.com.