Blank Space Cafe
At this cafe/sweets shop, you'll find the peculiar delicacy of bubble waffles (also sometimes known as "puffles" or "egg waffles"), a custardy, hexagonal Hong Kong street food specialty riddled with puffy spherical cells in place of holes (think bubble wrap). Theirs come decorated with pretzels, ice cream, macarons, Pocky, and any number of other toppings.
This charming Central District cafe makes all their Belgian waffles from scratch and tops them with your choice of whipped cream with powdered sugar and syrup, cinnamon sugar, or fresh strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Get truly decadent with the tiramisu waffle, which is doused with a shot of espresso and finished with whipped cream and chocolate.
Fat’s Fried Chicken and Waffles
Get a waffle as part of the classic "Fat's breakfast" or crowned with fried chicken, Hennessy butter, and syrup at this Central District soul food joint. Or opt for the deep-fried version for dessert, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, honey, and powdered sugar.
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar
The cult-favorite Filipinx bakeshop's International District outpost makes their waffles with mochi to achieve an addictively chewy, crispy effect. You can get yours topped with seasonal fruit like dragonfruit, starfruit, and blueberries along with fresh whipped cream and house-made calamansi demerara syrup, or go savory with smoked salmon, calamansi and chive cream cheese, house salad, fried shallots, and olive oil.
Belltown's locavore haunt, which prides itself on sourcing the majority of its ingredients from within a 360-mile radius, offers buttermilk waffles with seasonal fruit compote, Chantilly cream, and hazelnuts as well as a version with crispy chicken, pepper jelly, and a fried egg.
Lowercase Brewing in Georgetown has a nifty use for their spent grain: they repurpose it into waffles. Just for Waffle Day, they'll throw a special Saturday brunch with waffles, blackberry compote, barrel-aged maple syrup made with their ESB (extra-special bitter beer), spicy bacon, and their signature Side Hustle doughnuts, also made with spent grain. Plus, throw back some witbier orange and grapefruit mimosas and cold brew coffee.
Matcha Cafe Maiko
This Hawaiian chain, which uses high-quality matcha imported from Uji, Japan and makes all its products in-house without additives, puts a green tea take on the bubble waffle, which can be served with matcha ice cream, mochi, fresh fruit, and other toppings.
This Taiwanese bubble tea shop also purveys bubble waffles in flavors like ube and activated charcoal, served in cones and laden with toppings as diverse as berries, flower petals, s'mores, Teddy Grahams, Fruity Pebbles, Oreos, and ice cream.
South Lake Union
Nate’s Wings and Waffles
Crispy wings and waffles are a match made in heaven at this Central District eatery, where you can get a chicken waffle slider with spicy or regular fried chicken sandwiched in between powdered sugar-dusted Belgian waffles with maple aioli and spring greens.
Niche Gluten-Free Cafe & Bakery
Those avoiding gluten need not be left out of the holiday with this dedicated gluten-free cafe and bakery's waffles, which are available as part of a standard breakfast plate with bacon and eggs, or in a "waffle-ini" (a waffle-panini hybrid) housing bacon, cheddar, and house-made apple butter or eggs and cheddar.
Portage Bay Cafe
This vaunted brunch standby has an entire breakfast bar, where you can load up your gridded squares with as much fresh fruit, whipped cream, coconut flakes, brown sugar, and nuts as your waffle-loving heart desires.
South Lake Union & University District
This roving farmers market and food festival favorite whips up Hong Kong-style bubble waffles in sundae form, with ice cream scoops, fresh fruit, cereal, and crushed cookies. You can catch them at the South Lake Union Saturday Market most weeks.
Besides bubble tea, milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream, and other tea, this Taiwanese spot in Kirkland also offers signature, mini, and mochi waffles with customizable toppings such as Full Tilt ice cream, fresh fruit, flavored sauces, Oreos, mochi, and cereal.
The ever-popular Southern-inflected brunch spot slings cornmeal waffles accompanied with pork belly or fennel-crusted fried chicken (or both, if you're a true hedonist) and a perfectly drippy, golden fried egg.
Marination's Columbia City sibling is observing National Waffle Day by serving its signature fried chicken and bubble waffles, made with haupia (coconut pudding) syrup, hot honey, sriracha, and basil, all day long.
Get your yeasted, liège-style Belgian waffles made with brioche dough and artisan pearl sugar piping hot off this cafe's European cast iron waffle maker, with fixings ranging from the sweet (Nutella, cookie butter, and bruléed bananas) to the savory (basil and Brie, herbed goat cheese, and prosciutto and crème fraiche).
Ugly Mug Cafe
This husband and wife-owned cafe makes their Belgian-style liège waffles with pearl sugar inside to achieve a "thick bready mouthful with crunchy sugar pieces."
Interbay and University District
If you're really serious about your waffles, you'll be spoiled for choice at this Tacoma establishment, which not only offers the requisite buttermilk and pearl sugar liège varieties with sweet toppings like strawberry cheesecake and bacon cookie butter, but also savory breakfast variations, "waffle bowls," and waffle sandwiches stuffed with fillings like spicy fried chicken, carnitas, and Angus burgers. Their "pearl sugar tots" are like bite-sized Belgian waffles, with hot fudge, dulce de leche, and strawberry sauce for dipping.
This Ballard restaurant, which opened early this year and has been racking up raves for its take on Korean comfort food, serves honey-butter or gochujang wings atop a rosemary Belgian waffle with organic maple syrup and Louisiana hot sauce.