Waffle lovers unite! Take your kids and your empty bellies and head into one of these sweet spots for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. Really, waffles are an anytime meal. And these D.C. locations aren’t just cranking out run-of-the-mill, lego-my-eggo versions of the kid classic—there’s everything from create your own concoction waffles to grilled cheese waffles fit for supper. Move over meatloaf.
The Barbara Fritchie Restaurant
It may be a bit of a hike, and a little less glamorous than what you are used to at D.C. proper locations, but your kids won’t care. And, the history! The Barbara Fritchie Restaurant in Frederick has been in the business of serving up edibles for locals and passersby since 1910. When you pull up to the candy cane restaurant (as the locals refer to it thanks to the massive candy cane attached to the sign) and go inside, it’s like you stepped into a time machine. Everything from the pink booths lining the walls to the wrap around counter screams 1950s. Regardless, the waffles (covered in powdered sugar and then dipped in syrup if you know what’s good for you) are tasty and the pancakes are noted to be the best in town.
1513 W. Patrick St.(Frederick, Md)
Open: Daily, 7 am-9 pm
The Original Pancake House
Did somebody say bacon waffle? Bacon makes everything better, including waffles, when it is actually baked into the batter. The Original Pancake House, may be mostly known for their spectacular pancakes (and crepes, too), but their waffle creations can’t be overshadowed. They’re about more than just shaving bacon in the batter though, you can actually choose from a list of add-ins, including cinnamon apples, pecans, and chocolate chips. They’re open every day, but only until 3pm. Also a win for min-vanning families? Every location has bunches of free parking!
7395 Lee Hwy. (Falls Church, Va)
12224 Rockville Pike (Rockville, Md)
7703 Woodmont Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Open: Daily, 7 am-3 pm
Just like the name suggests, Founding Farmers is owned by a collective of American Family Farmers. They’re about sustainability, serving farm sourced ingredients, and bringing deliciousness to your table in an eco-friendly environment. Also, so, so good! They have farmhouse, iron pressed waffles, with whipped farm butter. And a chicken and waffle plate for those who like to get down like that.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Foggy Bottom)
12505 Park Potomac Ave. (Potomac Md)
Open: Mon-Wed and Sun, 7 am-10 pm; Thu, 7 am-11 pm; Fri-Sat, 7 am-12 am
Diners are just fun. They have a nostalgic vibe, they cook your food when you order it, and they tend to serve breakfast all day, meaning if your kids will only eat waffles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’re in business. Go to Tastees for all of these reasons. Plus, they’re waffle is large, like buy-one-and-let-three-little-ones-share-it large. And jukeboxes (and TVs), kids dig those.
7731 Woodmont Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
8601 Cameron St. (Silver Spring, Md)
Open: Daily, 24 hours
We guarantee you that once you enjoy a Wicked Waffle, you will never look at waffle eating the same. Home to some of the most creative waffle concoctions not-previously-known-to-man, Wicked Waffle aims to go beyond the whole eat-this-for-breakfast-with-butter-and-syrup persona waffles have in general. They offer savory options, sweet options, stuffed-with-cheese options, and covered in heapings of chocolate options. Note, the keyword at Wicked Waffle seems to be options!
1712 Eye St., NW (Farragut West)
Open: Mon-Fri, 7 am-4 pm; Sat, 10 am-4 pm
7101 Democracy Blvd. (Bethesda, Md)
Open: Mon-Sat, 8:30 am-9 pm; Sun, 8:30 am-6 pm
Where is your favorite place to go for breakfast at dinner? Tell us in the comments section below.
Photos courtesy of Cesar Rincon via Creative Commons, Founding Farmers via Facebook, Wicked Waffle