Wednesday, June 14, 2017

No Waffling About Sweet Combforts

Sweet Combforts
2222 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

If you've been following along on our food journey in order, you know that our last two reviews took place at the new Trade Food Hall in Irvine. We had started with an excellently done fried chicken sandwich and followed that up with the very impressive Mac Daddy Burger, which utilized two fried mac and cheese patties for the bun. Yes, we were feeling pretty good by this point but needed something a little sweet to finish this evening off. Luckily, there is one place at Trade to get your sugar fix, and that's why we headed to Sweet Combforts.

Sweet Combforts is brought to us by the same guys that run Pig Pen Delicacy, and their neighbor at Trade, Portside, along with GD Bro Burger. Sweet Combforts debuted at Coachella this spring, and one news article about them said they were the only reason to make the trek out to the desert. Not sure if that is a dis about the music or if their Instagram-worthy food is really that good.

Now with a permanent home at Trade, their chef is Anne Marie Damaso, who hails from California's Central Coast, but has done work at numerous OC restaurants in different capacities. At Sweet Combforts she uses a  scratch made liege waffle batter that's infused with pearl sugars and then coated with cookie butter and assorted toppings. After the savory part of our visit to Trade, we were excited to give Sweet Combforts a try.

When entering Trade Food Hall, Sweet Combforts will be the first stall on your left. The menu here featured six different kinds of waffles on a stick with assorted toppings, five varieties of ice cream, and two shakes. Katie ordered for us, and about five to ten minutes later we had our stuff. Let's see how it all turned out for us.

Up first, courtesy of Katie's excellent hand modeling is the Churro Crunch Waffle ($6). This waffle was coated with cinnamon sugar, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and finished off with a cream cheese drizzle. I was little underwhelmed with this. I thought the churro flavor would be a little more pronounced, but it kind of fell flat for me. The only flavor I really got here was from the cereal on this. I would have liked a little more cream cheese drizzle, and the bottom of our waffle, near the stick, was very well done, almost bordering on burnt. Maybe should have tried one of the other five kinds of waffles offered.

Just in case we had not had enough food at this point of our visit to Trade, Katie also got us some ice cream. For me, she got a Single Scoop of Peanut Butter and Chocolate ($3) and for her, a Scoop of Salted Caramel ($3). Hers was the better of the two. The saltiness came through, while the caramel lingered in the background. I was expecting maybe a caramel ribbon through this, but no such luck with the bite I had. The peanut butter and chocolate was disappointing as well. With the amount of chocolate included here, I felt calling this peanut butter and chocolate was grounds for false advertising. Little specks of chocolate, smaller than chips do not add enough to get equal billing here. In fact, it might as well have been called vanilla ice cream, because the tiny ribbon of peanut butter did not add too much either. Not sure if they make their own ice cream, but a chocolate ice cream base with a large ribbon of peanut butter running through it would have made this way more enjoyable and more true to what they were going for.

Sweet Combforts did not really shine for us on this evening. I'd give them another shot though because they are the only dessert game in town at Trade. I'd probably try their Oreo cookie inspired waffle or their version with Circus Animal cookies next time. The Cookie Monster Shake seems to be really popular and would probably be my choice over the scoops of ice cream. An even better choice might be to leave Trade and head to Afters Ice Cream on the other side of the 405 Freeway for their delicious Milky Bun or their wider selection of ice cream. Since you have mastered the parking at Trade, it should be no problem getting a spot at the always crowded Diamond Jamboree.

Out of five mallets, (because this place debuted at Coachella, which is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, and you can't play polo without a mallet, or a horse for that matter), five being best to zero being worst, Sweet Combforts gets 2.5 mallets.

Sweet Combforts does not have a website, but you can check out their Instagram feed here:

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