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Belgium calling

By Jan Newberry, Photograph by Geoffrey Moore | June 16, 2010 | Story

Five days a week, Benoît Tordeur toils as the director of retail creative services for Levi's—and one Sunday a month, he ties an apron over his jeans and gets behind the counter at Bar Jules to make Belgian waffles. For Tordeur, who grew up in the city of Liège, the dish offers a taste of home. “I started making them because I missed my family,” he says. Benwaffles (Tordeur had the name trademarked) are crisp squares, rich with the heady taste of yeast and shot through with pearl sugar to give them a sweet, crunchy kick. There's no set schedule for Tordeur's waffle Sundays, but Bar Jules does announce them on its Facebook page. And if you don't want to wait in the inevitable line that forms at the restaurant every weekend, waffles or no, then Tordeur is happy to make you a Benwaffle to go. 609 Hayes St., S.F., 415-621-5482


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