A food truck that specializes in waffles is hitting the big time with a stand-alone location. Waffle O'Licious, a rising star in the food truck world, will be putting down roots in Richardson at 141 N. Plano Rd., in a location formerly occupied by OMG Tacos.
According to Waffle O'Licious owner/founder Rick Rackley, the restaurant will open in mid-September.
The food truck has been a smash since he launched it in 2018. Opening the restaurant represents the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
"I've cooked my whole life. My mother taught me how to make biscuits and gravy when I was 8 years old," he says. "I always wanted to have a small restaurant or diner. Once I left the corporate world, I went out and bought a food truck, and it took off."
City requirements specify that you can't just park a food truck at your house. It needs to be at a commissary. Unfortunately, Rackley's commissary is in Grand Prairie, adding a minimum four hours for commute and prep, every time he went out for a job.
Having a restaurant will allow him to not only serve the public from one spot, but it can also serve as his new more conveniently located kitchen.
Waffle O'Licious' menu features Belgian waffles in combinations both classic and creative.
Filed under classic would be waffles topped with chocolate syrup; sliced bananas; strawberries and whipped cream; and the currently trendy chicken and waffles, with a Belgian waffle topped by chicken tenders and maple syrup.
But it's the creative combinations that have made the truck such a success.
One best-seller is the Philly cheesesteak waffle with ribeye, Swiss cheese, sautéed onions, and Southwest sauce, sandwiched between 2 hot Belgium waffles.
Chicken and bacon waffle nachos start with two round waffles that are cut into quarters and fried, then topped with popcorn chicken, bacon, parmesan, cheddar, and Sriracha maple syrup.
There are also waffle fries, waffle sticks, and a "waco," like a waffle version of a taco, with a Belgian waffle filled with scrambled eggs, onions, bell peppers, and sausage, folded like a taco.
"I think people like us because our menu is different," he says. "A lot of people can't get it through their head that a Philly cheesesteak is really good on a waffle, but they can't resist trying it."