Food & Drink

Celebrate National Waffle Day on Thurs, Aug. 24

Waffle toppings at the Fanwood Grille include bananas, strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate chips. Credits: John Mooney
Brady Crimmins likes the plain waffle at The Fanwood Grille. Credits: John Mooney
Waffle iron patented by Cornelius Swartwout on August 24, 1869. Credits:
Wafels & Dinges truck in NYC Credits: John Mooney
The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) celebrates National Waffle Day on Thursday by offering free toppings with any Belgian waffle. Credits: John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ -- National Waffle Day is marked every year in the U.S. on August 24, the date that Cornelius Swarthout received a patent on his waffle iron in 1869. 

In celebration, The Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave.) will offer free toppings on any waffle ordered on Thursday, Aug. 24. 

"We are always looking to do something fun with food at the Fanwood Grille," said owner John Mooney. "What could be more fun than celebrating National Waffle Day on August 24?"

Sign Up for E-News

Down the block, Rocko's Ice Cream (38 South Martine Ave.) will offer giant waffle cones for $3 in celebration of National Waffle Day. 

Fun Facts About Waffles

  • The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.” The treats date back to the Middle Ages when the light, thin cakes called "wafers."
  • In the late 1700’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron that was reportedly the first one in America.
  • National Waffle Day is August 24, the anniversary of a U.S. patent for a waffle maker being issued to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, NY, in 1869.
  • Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.
  • Maurice Vermersch sold his wife’s Brussels Waffles at the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. Thinking that Americans wouldn't know where Brussels was, he dubbed them “Belgian Waffles.”
  • In 2007, Thomas DeGeest, a native of Belgium and a former IBM consultant, launched the iconic Wafels & Dinges food truck in New York City. His wafel empire now includes kiosks in parks throughout Manhattan, a stand-alone store on the Lower East Side, and a location at the Kennywood Amusement Park outside Pittsburgh.

TAPintoSPF publisher John Mooney is the owner of The Fanwood Grille.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Sex Toys, Gay Jokes, Nepotism, Frat-Boy Pranks; Mountainside P.D. Out of Control Says Lawsuit

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – In a 46-page complaint packed with allegations of harassment involving sex toys, official misconduct, nepotism, hazing, double-dipping and other egregious behavior, five Mountainside police officers and a female employee are suing the borough in state Superior Court.

The complaint, filed by officers Jeffrey Stinner, Christopher Feighner, Richard Latargia, Thomas ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Union County College Commencement Ceremonies to be Held on May 23

May 22, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – Union County College (UCC) will celebrate two Commencement Ceremonies on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. The ceremonies will be led by the College’s President, Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, in the Harwood Arena on the campus of Kean University in Union, NJ.

The first ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

The Great American Read Kickoff Celebration

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports