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Waffles Gone Wild: D.C. Waffles Topped with Uni, Lobster Bisque, and More

Maple syrup and butter may be delicious, but it isn't creative.

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No need to fight over a basic Eggo when restaurants across the city are decking out their waffles with everything from sea urchin to chestnut purée. These pocketed pastries have steadily become more versatile, ditching plain syrup for more interesting varieties, like chai or bourbon syrups, and upgrading bananas or strawberries for gingered grape jelly and chocolate espresso beans. Others give in to the salty side; it’s now common to see savory waffles pop up on dinner menus.

Here are 10 of the most innovative waffles in the city right now.

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1. B Too

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1324 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 627-2800
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In addition to classic sweet, fruit-topped options like the Brussels waffle ($11) and the Liege waffle ($11.50), this Belgian spot also offers more unusual savory creations for brunch. The cornbread and pulled pork waffle ($16.50) is accompanied by avocado, eggs, and sour cream. The lobster waffle ($15) is served with lobster bisque, tomato, and herb salad.

2. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Blue Duck Tavern’s version of a Belgian waffle ($15) is full of winter flavors: chestnut purée, spiced apples, candied ginger, and cranberries.

3. Brasserie Beck

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1101 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 408-1717
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During brunch, this Belgian-influenced brasserie serves a lemon mascarpone stuffed Belgian waffle ($16), topped with gingered grape jelly, clove sugar, Steen’s Cane Syrup, and bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.

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4. Open City

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2331 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 332-2331
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It might not provide a caffeine boost like a cup of tea would, but the chai waffle ($8.75) has those same fragrant spices. It’s drizzled with chai syrup and served with whipped cream.

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5. The Lafayette

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800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 638-6600
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Who needs a bagel when there’s a waffle to accompany smoked salmon? The savory dill waffle with smoked salmon, capers, pickled onion, and sour cream is served during brunch.

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6. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 290-2821
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The Pig puts a distinctive twist on the traditional fried chicken and waffle. This brunch offering ($16) changes slightly every week, but always includes some form of chicken, pork, a vegetable, and a house-made fish sauce caramel (a blend of caramelized brown sugar, fresh lime, and fish sauce). Past dishes have featured items like adobo-fried chicken, pork belly, squash butter, and whipped coconut.

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7. Vidalia

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1990 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 659-1990
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Vidalia’s meaty take on a waffle ($14.50) doesn’t err on the side of caution. It’s on the dinner menu and features chicken fried veal sweetbread, lemon, baby bok choy, caper, and bacon fondue.

8. Wicked Waffle

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1712 I (Eye) St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 944-2700
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Of course, the Wicked Waffle’s menu is ripe with wickedly unusual waffles. It’s easy to find something to satisfy any craving, from sweet creations like the tiramisu waffle (only available at the Bethesda location) and the strawberry cheesecake waffle ($6.95) to savory waffle sandwiches like the Peking duck waffle with hoisin and plum sauce ($9.50) and the mango and brie waffle with cilantro and spicy berry jam ($8.50).

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1. B Too

1324 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

In addition to classic sweet, fruit-topped options like the Brussels waffle ($11) and the Liege waffle ($11.50), this Belgian spot also offers more unusual savory creations for brunch. The cornbread and pulled pork waffle ($16.50) is accompanied by avocado, eggs, and sour cream. The lobster waffle ($15) is served with lobster bisque, tomato, and herb salad.

1324 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

2. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Blue Duck Tavern’s version of a Belgian waffle ($15) is full of winter flavors: chestnut purée, spiced apples, candied ginger, and cranberries.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

3. Brasserie Beck

1101 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
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During brunch, this Belgian-influenced brasserie serves a lemon mascarpone stuffed Belgian waffle ($16), topped with gingered grape jelly, clove sugar, Steen’s Cane Syrup, and bourbon barrel aged maple syrup.

1101 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Open City

2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
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It might not provide a caffeine boost like a cup of tea would, but the chai waffle ($8.75) has those same fragrant spices. It’s drizzled with chai syrup and served with whipped cream.

2331 Calvert St NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

5. The Lafayette

800 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
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Who needs a bagel when there’s a waffle to accompany smoked salmon? The savory dill waffle with smoked salmon, capers, pickled onion, and sour cream is served during brunch.

800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

6. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
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The Pig puts a distinctive twist on the traditional fried chicken and waffle. This brunch offering ($16) changes slightly every week, but always includes some form of chicken, pork, a vegetable, and a house-made fish sauce caramel (a blend of caramelized brown sugar, fresh lime, and fish sauce). Past dishes have featured items like adobo-fried chicken, pork belly, squash butter, and whipped coconut.

1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Vidalia

1990 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Vidalia’s meaty take on a waffle ($14.50) doesn’t err on the side of caution. It’s on the dinner menu and features chicken fried veal sweetbread, lemon, baby bok choy, caper, and bacon fondue.

1990 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. Wicked Waffle

1712 I (Eye) St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Of course, the Wicked Waffle’s menu is ripe with wickedly unusual waffles. It’s easy to find something to satisfy any craving, from sweet creations like the tiramisu waffle (only available at the Bethesda location) and the strawberry cheesecake waffle ($6.95) to savory waffle sandwiches like the Peking duck waffle with hoisin and plum sauce ($9.50) and the mango and brie waffle with cilantro and spicy berry jam ($8.50).

1712 I (Eye) St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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