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.


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).


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.


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.


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

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