Except for dessert, breakfast is the only meal where treats are the main course. No wonder kids everywhere cheer for breakfast, especially when waffles are on the menu. Whether bare or thoroughly adorned with toppings, they’re a treat that rarely disappoints. However, some are undoubtedly better than others. The next time the kids want a sweet pick-me-up to start their day, check out these five favorites.

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Eggspectation
There’s a reason this venue has international locations; they’ve mastered breakfast for our little (and not-so-little) champions. Freshly-squeezed orange juice everyday makes for a great companion with a plate of chicken and waffles or eggs that go above and beyond. While mom and dad enjoy reading the pun-filled menu, kids can doodle on their own kids menu. How eggcelent!

Why we like it a waffle lot: Kids eat free all day EVERY Monday, except on holidays.

Multiple locations in Md. and Va.
Online: eggspectation.com

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Wicked Waffle
Saturday mornings may be busy at this waffle hub. Its long lines are a tell-tale sign that their “light and fluffy” waffles stand-out. This is due to their simple, European-style of cooking with no butter or syrup. Wicked Waffle offers non-traditional options like their sweet and savory waffle sandwiches or their Tiramisu Waffle. However, traditionalists aren’t excluded. They also offer a Sweet Waffle (just powdered sugar) and a Sweet Waffle with Chocolate (powdered sugar and melted French chocolate sauce).

Why we like it a waffle lot: No artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, nitrates, nitrites, MSG, or chemicals are used. They pride themselves in quality and it shows. They also offer a lot of gluten-free waffles for those with an allergy.

7101 Democracy Blvd. (Bethesda, Md)
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1712 I St., NW (Farragut West)
Online: wickedwaffle.com

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B Too
Belgian-born Top Chef Season 10 contestant, Bart Vandaele, knows his Belgian waffles. His restaurant B Too is a pricier option for breakfast but worth it if looking for authenticity, high-quality, and Instagram-worthy plates. In their open kitchen, customers may spy their original, square-shaped, Brussels waffle iron producing deliciously crispy exteriors and moist-interior waffles. Their kids menu provides various topping options, including: sugar, mixed fruits, mixed berries and mint, and chocolate.

Why we like it a waffle lot: You’ll feel like you’re in a modern restaurant in Belgium, eating waffles made using an original, century-old recipe. Bonus: This spot now offers doffles (waffle donuts)!

1324 13th St., NW (Logan Circle)
Online: btoo.com

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Founding Farmers
The farmhouse-feel of Founding Farmers restaurants is evident as you walk in but it doesn’t end there. This farm country concept also extends to their plates. Their fresh, made-in-house, American fare includes ingredients from local farms and is made using sustainable practices. One of their very popular, kid-approved dishes is their Belgian waffles. They’re served weekdays from 7 am to 11 am but not included in their weekend brunches. The three topping options are: maple cinnamon syrup, blueberry compote, and bananas foster.

Why we like it a waffle lot: It’s rare to find a restaurant that serves equally delicious beverages. Their freshly-pressed, proprietary spirits and juices are A-mazingly refreshing and ones even the kids can enjoy.

Multiple locations in D.C., Md., and Va.
Online: wearefoundingfarmers.com

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The Virginian Restaurant
Sunday mornings at the Virginian are a time-honored tradition for families in Fairfax County. As you walk into this classic greasy spoon you feel as though time stopped in the 1960s, and you’ll be grateful for the family-friendly sense of nostalgia. Aside from the décor, something else that hasn’t changed in decades are their time honored recipes. The thick, cakey waffles are kid-approved, and will have parents stealing bites.

Why we like it a waffle lot: This unpretentious diner brings Southern comfort and defines simple diner-food. It’s the kind of family spot perfect for pajamas and holiday-morning tradition.

169 Glyndon St., SE (Vienna, Va)
Online: thevirginianrestaurant.com

Do you have a favorite restaurant for yummy waffles? Dish in the comments section below. 

–Danielle Larkins