Company description: "Herb infused savory waffle, red bell peppers, red onions, zucchini, portobello mushrooms, yellow squash, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, Dijon mustard."
Chain: Max Brenner.
Calories: Because it has fewer than 15 locations, the chain isn't required to provide nutrition information.
Location: 15th Street, just south of Walnut.
Order time: About 10 minutes.
Review: The fun, colorful, aromatic restaurant/chocolate store is a great dessert spot, and a new boss has tweaked the menu to add some lighter bites that leave room for sweet treats at the end.
New on the menu this fall are a quintet of quirky waffle sandwiches, and although the Chain Gang would never in a bazillion years think to order a veggie sandwich in a restaurant that sells a Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Crepe ($12.95), it was a standout - fresh veggies, crunchy, sweet, savory, yummy. And the chocolate martini ($12.50) was crazy good. Maybe that's what made the veggies taste so delicious.
If an all-veggie sandwich makes you nervous, our second favorite was the Turkey Club ($12.95), followed by the Prosciutto and Apple ($14,95), then Roasted Turkey ($14.95) and Roast Beef ($14.95). The Gang would probably skip the last two.
Summary: A fresh veggie sandwich on a waffle will never replace the Chain Gang's favorite Max Brenner item, the Chocolate Syringe, but it's perfect for lunch or a healthy light meal before or after a night at the nearby Kimmel Center.