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Lawrence-based waffle business pops up in Kansas City

Cookie Butter & Banana Brulee waffle at the Waffle Iron in Lawrence.
Cookie Butter & Banana Brulee waffle at the Waffle Iron in Lawrence.

Have waffle iron, will travel.

Sam Donnell, owner of The Waffle Iron, a Lawrence-based waffles-only pop-up, will be in Kansas City for the next four weekends.

The buttermilk creations are notable for their cleverly delicious topping combinations — including raspberry almond cream with Fruity Pebbles, cookie butter and banana brulee, strawberry sweet corn and blueberry thai basil with lime curd.

Donnell was featured in The Star’s annual Food Issue in March. He started out at a Lawrence coffeeshop on a lark and grew quickly from a weekend pop-up to renting a space above John Brown’s Underground. He took a hiatus this spring as he tried to decide if he was going to go back to pop-ups, rent a new space or start a food truck.

For now, Donnell’s sticking with pop-up events: “I’ve been experimenting with new flavors and refining them, and I’ve been meeting a lot of new people. There are a lot of folks in Kansas City who want to do the collaborative thing and Lawrence is not over it either.”

Earlier this month The Waffle Iron popped up at Port Fonda in Lawrence and The Filling Station in Kansas City. Donnell will be making more waffles in Kansas City starting Saturday.

Find The Waffle Iron at The Brew Gallery in Lenexa on Sept. 17, Pour Coffehouse in Olathe Sept. 25, Colony Beer & Espresso in North Kansas City on Oct. 1 and Post Coffee Co. in Lee’s Summit on Oct. 8 and 9.

The events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sellout. Cost is $5 for a half waffle or $9 for a full waffle with your choice of topping. There are no reservations.

Jill Wendholt Silva is The Star’s James Beard award-winning food editor, lead restaurant critic and Chow Town blog curator. Reach her at or on Twitter at @kcstarfood and @chowtownkc.