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Celebrate National Waffle Day 2020 at These Boston Eateries

There are so many competitive foodie allegiances these days. Coke or Pepsi? Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Waffles or pancakes? This month, the epic battle for breakfast supremacy can be put on hold in observance of National Waffle Day. August 24, 1869, Cornelius Swartwout patented the first waffle iron in the United States and breakfast would never be the same. Discover Boston's Best WafflesThere are so many wonderful places to get waffles in Boston, but here are a few that stand out from the pack. 
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Zinneken's brought authentic Belgian waffles to Boston. They specialize in 2 styles of Belgian waffles, Liege (soft, chewy, and made with caramelized pearl sugar) and Brussels (light, crispy, and made with a delicate batter). Both styles pair beautifully with a wide variety of available toppings. Each option on the Zinneken’s menu seems more decadent than the last from The Gourmand (bananas, whipped cream, and caramel) to the Oreo Freakin’ Party (Oreos, raspberries, and whipped cream). If the 10 menu possibilities don’t suit, waffle lovers are invited to create their own. There are locations in Cambridge and Lynnfield, but The Waffle Truck also makes its rounds throughout the city. 

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Since 1937, The Paramount’s Beacon Hill location has been a neighborhood staple. They later added a second location in South Boston and both venues serve 3 meals day, seven days a week. Sweet-toothed diners flock during breakfast and brunch for The Paramount’s design-your-own malted waffle. Add a variety of berries or fruit salad, chocolate, caramel, and Vermont maple syrup. Diners that want “the works” should order the banana and Nutella waffle with strawberries. The Paramount also serves a gluten-free waffle, a great way for those with dietary restrictions to enjoy a faux carbo-loaded breakfast. They’re currently open for both indoor and patio dining, takeout, and delivery.

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As the name suggests, Saus is all about the sauce. Do you want your sauce drizzled on top, on the side for dipping, all the sauces combined? Everything is fair game at Saus. The menu mostly features poutine, sandwiches, and sausages, but they’ve saved the best for last. Their dessert menu is made up exclusively of waffles. The brioche waffles come with, you guessed it, sweet and finger-licking sauces. The dipping sauce flavors include strawberry jam, chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel, and coconut cream; it’s a good mix of classic and creative. At Saus, it may be best to eat dessert first.

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Cafe Luna won the 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award for the best breakfast in Boston and it is easy to see why. In a warm, cozy atmosphere, Cafe Luna offers breakfast all day and that includes their double-thick waffles grilled with honey butter. Breakfast lovers that like to keep it simple can order a plain waffle and the more adventurous eaters can go all out with 8 different topping combinations. Choose from tangy lemon curd and blueberry compote waffles, caramelized spiced pears and pecan waffles, fresh berries stuffed with raspberry mascarpone cream waffles, and so much more. Diners that are avoiding such a sweet start to the day can get their waffle fix with “the kitchen sink.” This special includes a double-grilled waffle, two proteins such as bacon or corned beef hash, two eggs any style, and homefries.

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Located in the trendy Back Bay neighborhood, Saltie Girl serves one of the most luxurious waffle combinations in all of Boston (and perhaps the Northeast). This may be surprising since Saltie Girl is mostly known for curating the largest tinned seafood collection in all of New England. However, the team behind Saltie Girl has found a way to seamlessly bring together the opulence of the ocean and the perfection of the waffle. They’re serving up fried lobster and waffles with a sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup. Go ahead...go back and read that sentence again. The restaurant also has a full bar, thoughtful wine menu, and cocktail list; they have all the fancy fixings for a boozy brunch.

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Mike's City Diner is famous for its excellent diner fare and gigantic portions.  MSN even named it the best diner in Massachusetts. Chef Jay Hajj’s signature waffle dish is his cinnamon walnut waffles but he also has Belgian waffles that hungry diners can add fruit or whipped cream to for an additional charge. For a protein boost, try the waffles with 2 eggs. If you want to whip up these diner favorites at home, Chef Hajj has released a cookbook filled with Mike’s City Diner’s most famous recipes.