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Things We Like: Superior Waffles’ Ninja Turtle

Personality runs throughout — from a posted Leslie Knope quote to a bullseye in the toilet and stickers instead of napkin holders.

The Ninja Turtle at Superior Waffles comes drizzled in caramel and chocolate, covered with pecans with a dollop of whipped cream in the middle on Aug. 7, 2021. Melinda Lavine / Duluth News Tribune
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I jetted across the bridge the soonest that was possible because — Waffle. Bar.

Superior Waffles was buzzing on a Saturday afternoon, and a line quickly formed behind me before I’d taken in the menu.

It listed a mix of sweet, savory and build-your-owns, while yellow Post-Its noted the sold-out Banana Bliss (PB, nanners and chocolate), Chicken and Waffle, and the Braffle (a brat and raspberry jam).

I was pleased to see a keto-friendly chaffle (made from cheese and eggs), and a gluten-free option.

I ordered the Ninja Turtle on the latter and tried to take the perfect pic before the whipped cream melted.


The Ninja Turtle is covered in light drizzles of caramel and chocolate, and pecans. It was perfectly crispy on the outside and warm and squishy on the inside. It was well-filling and delectable for $8.

There’s a fill-your-syrup station with cream and sugar, a dog-friendly outdoor seating space and an actual bar in the back if you like to stand and dine.

Personality runs throughout — from a posted Leslie Knope quote to a bullseye in the toilet and stickers instead of napkin holders.

There’s also all-gender bathrooms, walls covered in regional art and locally made lip balm and candles.

It’s clear Superior Waffles is one business intent on lifting up its neighbors on its own way up, and aren't those the best kind?

Superior Waffles

1412 Tower Ave., Superior

Melinda Lavine (she/her) is an award-winning features reporter at the Duluth News Tribune, where she has worked since 2014.

She has been a features-focused, multidisciplinary journalist for 10 years, and today, she writes about the heartbeat of our community: the people.

Melinda grew up in central North Dakota, a first-generation American and the daughter of a military dad.

She earned bachelors degrees in English and Communications from the University of North Dakota in 2006, and started her career at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald that summer. She helped launch the Herald's features section, as the editor, before moving to Duluth in June 2014 to do the same at the DNT.

Contact her: 218-723-5346,
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