by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Waffles are a food for any meal. Paired with syrup and fruit in the morning? Check. Topped with veggies and savory seasonings at lunch? Sure. Coupled with Southern-style fried chicken at dinner or brunch? Indeed. How about drizzled with chocolate for a tasty dessert or served with a side of gooey mac and cheese at 3am? You betcha. We've rounded up D.C.'s best waffle offerings according to our fans, followers and group of insider informants, the Citysearch Dictators. Think you've got the goods to join the team? Apply here: http://ow.ly/1pwhI (Photo by Flickr user rizkapb)
Updated: April 29, 2010
Several Citysearch Dictators agree that U Street's Creme has some of the best chicken and waffles around. Says Blair Reilly: "Hands down, best waffle dish: Chicken & Waffles at Creme on U Street. Eat it for brunch, eat it for dinner. It's scrumptious!!" Lisa Mathias also loves the big portions: "The waffles are huge, and they give big pieces of chicken."
When Citysearch Dictator Lisa Mathias gets a late-night waffle craving, she turns to the soul food specialists at this casual U Street eatery. She says: "The chicken is seasoned well, and they serve it in the very early morning for those getting out of the clubs and bars on U Street. It's the perfect drunk-food."
Lisa Mathias knows her waffles, and also suggests the version served with chicken at Founding Farmers. "They just call it Southern Pan Fried Chicken but it comes with two large pieces of waffle, mac n' cheese (which is excellent) and a vegetable that is always nicely sauteed or seasoned. Their chicken seasoning is also really tasty."
When your insatiable quest for waffles strikes, say, at 3pm on a Tuesday, look no further than this neighborhood coffeehouse in Columbia Heights. Waffles are served here all day, every day; go the traditional route or try flavors--like chocolate chip--offered on daily special. With the free Wi-Fi, you can bring your laptop and eat them all day long.
The restaurant at the Tabard Inn is always a local favorite when it comes to brunch, and the delicious seasonal entrees usually include a waffle as well. Whether they're pumpkin, gingerbread, coconut or toasted pecan, you can't go wrong with the waffle of the day and Tabard's homemade vanilla whipped cream on top.
This beloved Woodley Park diner is always packed for weekend brunch. A big reason? The chai waffles, recommended by both Citysearch twitter follower @jdalfeen and Citysearch fan Kaoru Yamamoto. The tea spices add a special kick to plain batter.
Though waffles come in both sweet and savory varieties at this small cafe, Belgium-born pasty chef Niel Piferoen excels where chocolate is involved. Choose Belgian (thick) or liege (dense and crispy) and dress up the powdered sugar and whipped cream toppings with a drizzling of warm chocolate.
Citysearch fan Amisha Patel recommends the waffle dessert at this Belgian cafe. The vanilla-flavored waffle is topped with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Want to make it an entire waffle day? Belga has waffles on every menu; start with the brunch version covered in Nutella, get a sandwich with waffled bread for lunch and get the salad with garlic waffles at dinner before feasting on the decadent dessert.