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“Faddish Restaurant”

Iron Paffles and Coffee
Ranked #271 of 606 Restaurants in Charlottesville
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

I wish I could say that this place was amazing, but other than the concept - savory and sweet sandwiches made pastry dough cooked in a waffle iron - think waffles with the texture and flavor of a croissant - it's pretty average. You can get beer here, and they do seem to run a bunch of specials, so for something a bit different, worth a visit, but not something to go out of one's way for.

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Paffles serves various foods between two waffles, creating a unique food combination. The paffles are good, but can be sloppy. Some of the sweet paffles can be a little too sweet.

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

Great food and unique place to eat. This is very close to the downtown mall area with many great shops to visit.

Thank roberthI7168JI
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Great addition to Charlottesville's breakfast scene. We tried the Iron Champ- delicious fried chicken with grits on a paffle and Iron
Glory -and egg, cheese, sausage, and bacon on a paffle sandwich

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

Paffles are waffles made with puff pastry. This appears to be the invention of the owner, and it has huge potential. We tried their Fried Chicken Paffles for lunch, but it had to be called Brunch because they don't officially start serving lunch until 1 pm. Absurd, but more on that in a moment.

The Paffle itself is a good idea. Mine, however, was very dry and would have benefited from some kind of gentle dressing, perhaps Thousand Island, Russian or similar or a touch of cole slaw. The chicken was really good, well cooked and flavorful, but at $9, it's an expensive way of eating a smallish piece of fried chicken. So the food is OK. Nothing more, nothing less. It could improve drastically with a little imagination.

This restaurant also has several marketing problems which can be easily resolved.

1. Opening hours. They serve what is essentially a breakfast food, so not opening until 8 am on weekdays, 10 am on Saturdays is crazy. We understand the owner is British. If so, they have failed to make the culture change. They should open at 6 am on weekdays, 7 am on Saturdays. They could close at 2 pm instead of 4 pm.

2. The prices are too high for an average, regular visit. Dropping the price to, say $6.95 per paffle would make them competitive with other local eateries.

3. Their website. Everything is wrong with it, from the URL (iron-made.com - which has nothing to do with paffles) to the opening hours and address, which is all you really want when you visit a restaurant web site. They are located right at the bottom of a very long page.

4. The water they serve (free) is warm and unfiltered. It tastes of chlorine. No. Again, this may be acceptable in the UK, but it is absolutely unacceptable in the USA. Try filtering the water, chilling it and adding a couple of slices of lemon. It would make all the difference.

5. Timing. They don't start serving lunch until 1 pm - possibly another British habit they have failed to change. Americans eat lunch at 12 noon - or even before. If you come before 1 pm, you have to choose from the breakfast menu. This is nuts and self-defeating.

6. The menu. Too much emphasis on "organic" arugula (who cares?) and too few choices. They can - and should - do better.

7. On their exterior board, they advertise that they have a/c. Well, so does every other restaurant in America.

I may check in again in a few months to see if any lessons have been learned. I hope so. This place has potential.

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5  Thank Enjoysgoodfood21
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