The next time your kid asks for a “cupcake” for breakfast, instead of going into detail about why frosting and cake are not a nutritious way to start your day, take them to the Uprising Muffin Company located in the Shaw U neighborhood, just steps away from the metro. The new pastry shop specializes in fresh baked muffins, that—we swear—will give their favorite D.C. cupcake a run for its money (without all of the extra sugar). But, consider yourself warned; your little nosher may start requesting muffins for dinner.

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The Baskin Robbins of the muffin world
From Blueberry Streusel, Black Bottom and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, to Maple Pancake,  and Savory Bacon, Egg and Cheese (yes, a bacon, egg and cheese muffin), Uprising offers a roster of over 35 rotating muffin flavors ($3 each). There is also a daily “special batch”—the kid fave Snickerdoodle flavor has been popping up on Tuesdays and Fridays (hint-hint).

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Breakfast of champions
When the artisan food trend has been to mix and mash pastries together (we’re looking at you, you oh-so-yummy Cronut), it’s nice to have an alternative that offers simple, straightforward b-fast fare. Uprising’s muffins are baked in house, using no more than 10 ingredients per batch and not an inkling of a preservative or artificial color. The flavors are fresh and not too sugary-sweet, as to over-stimulate little taste buds. Grown-ups looking for a hot or cold cuppa will be pleased to know that Uprising has scored some rave early reviews in the java category. The coffee is locally roasted in small batches; even the milk used in lattes is supplied by cows from nearby farms.

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The witching hours
The best time to swing by (and stay for a while) with your bambinos is after the morning rush hour and lunchtime crowds (they also sell grab-and-go sandwiches and salads) disperse. Bring coloring books or games for kiddo to work on at one of the large, modern tables, and a book for you. Once you’ve found a spot to cozy up with your crew and your muffins, there’s free WiFi and an awesome, family-friendly selection of music playing in the background. Interesting fact: the owner of Uprising is Donnie Simpson Jr., a Rockville dad of three whose father reigned as the signature morning personality on WPGC-FM (95.5) for 32 years.

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Sounds delish. But what do we do with all of that post-muffin energy?
It’s a fact: muffins (er, any kind of carbs) give kids energy. Let them burn some of it off before nap time at Westminster Playground. The pocket park is discretely tucked away on a residential street just two blocks from Uprising. It’s loaded with well-kept toys, including tyke cars and bikes, mini tables and chairs, and a toddler hoop. During the summer the park boasts a play-in water fountain and some serious tree shade. 911 Westminster St., NW (Shaw U)

Uprising Muffin Company
1817 7th St. NW (Shaw U)
Open: Mon-Sat, 6 am-6 pm; Sun, 7 am-3 pm
202-290-1196
Online: uprisingmuffins.com

Where is your favorite place to take kids for a quick, grab-and-go breakfast? Dish in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photos courtesy of by_anity via Flickr, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, Uprising Muffin Company via Facebook