I subscribe to a few e-mail newsletters that highlight things to do, places to see, events and such in and around New Jersey. They’re great sources to discover new restaurants or find something to do with your family on an unexpected free weekend. A recent newsletter highlighted Bonte, a new restaurant that opened up in Morristown recently. Known primarily for their waffles and crepes, given that we’ve been partial to waffles and crepes lately, it seemed the perfect new spot for us to check out.
As I learned on our visit, Bonte is actually a franchise restaurant. The owners of the Morristown location only own that one (so far), but there is another location in South Orange, among a few in Philadelphia and other spots. The waffles are made fresh to order, replicating the sugar waffles that are popular in Brussels. To continue their authenticity, they even import many ingredients weekly from overseas. Since we have never been to Bonte before, we stared at the menuboard blankly for a few minutes, trying to figure out what to order. Luckily there was no line behind us, and the woman taking orders was able to make a few suggestions.
Because it was lunchtime, I ordered their Poulot Gruyere sandwich to split with the kids for lunch, and because this place was known for their waffles, I ordered one plain waffle and one with ice cream and fudge topping for dessert. If we’re going to go for it, we might as well go for it, right? When ordering the waffles, there are lots of mix-ins that you can get to personalize your waffle. They mix your chosen item right in with the batter, for little bits of surprises with every bite.
Our verdict? Skip the sandwiches. There is hardly any seasoning and when I tell you there were nothing special, I mean they were nothing special. But, do go and treat yourself to the waffles. Sticky, sweet, but not overly so, it’s the perfect spot to stop when you want a snack that’s a little different. You’ll forget those frozen varieties ever existed. We polished off our ice cream-topped waffle (studded with bits of strawberries) in no time flat.