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Don’t waffle in your decision about what to eat on March 25. On International Waffle Day, Portland outposts have ironed delicious griddle cakes perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The holiday originated in Sweden but we don’t need to leave the metro area to indulge.

Waffles are so popular, in fact, that two calendar days a year are dedicated to them. So, we can start these celebrations all over again on Aug. 24 with National Waffle Day, a United States tradition which honors the anniversary of the patenting of the first U.S. waffle iron.

So, where can your favorite local waffles be found? Here are a few ideas to let the taste tests begin in all four corners of town.

Theo’s

121 NW 5th Ave., Portland 

715 NW Hoyt St., Portland

Try one of the Wafflewiches with egg, Tillamook cheddar, sausage and Vermont maple cream for $4.95. A simple whipped cream cheese and jam waffle is $3.75. And, if you are unable to order in-person and dine in the restaurant, Theo’s offers pedal powered to-go orders for local delivery.

The restaurants also serve up omelettes and more traditional breakfast sandwiches.

Off The Waffle 

2601 SE Clinton Street, Portland

While The Original waffle starts at $3, Off The Waffle knows how to get the party started by offering a vast variety of ironed out flavors including the Goat In Headlights ($9.50). This waffle is topped with goat cheese, organic avocado, organic basil, two sunny-side-up organic eggs topped with paprika and fresh coriander. Add olive oil and two strips of nitrate-free brown sugar glazed bacon for $3.

And your sweet tooth will love The Overachiever ($5.50) whose waffle is topped with Belgian chocolate chips, sliced organic banana and drizzled with homemade dark chocolate.

The eatery serves Belgian liege-style waffles at all three of its locations — two are in Eugene — and offers gluten-free varieties, sugar-free brioche waffles and frozen waffles you can heat up at home.

The Waffle Window 

2624 NE Alberta St., Portland

3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland

Plus, a new Bridgeport Village location in Tigard is opening this spring

Need work motivation? Waffles to the rescue.
Don’t walk into your next office board meeting without first placing your catering order with The Waffle Window. Their unique liege waffle recipe uses yeast leavened dough and is finished off with peal sugar to lightly caramelize when baked, leaving you with a sweet crunch with every bite. The catering waffles are sample size so you can enjoy savory and sweet varieties.  Delivery is available through Amazon Prime.

Come hungry when you stop in for brunch. The Whole Farm order comes with a waffle, thick pepper bacon, balsamic red wine braised mushrooms and onions, roasted red pepper, spinach, tomato and fresh sliced chevre marinated in lemon zest-thyme infused E.V.O.O. (Ask about pricing).

Ruby Jewel Scoops 
428 SW 12th Ave., Portland

OK, you’ve got the meals covered. It’s time for a waffle snack.
Watch your homemade waffle cone be made to order. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, it’s now time to pick your ice cream flavor. Ruby Jewel Scoops is known for it’s handmade small batch ice cream flavors, handmade waffle cones, sundaes, floats with house-made syrup and ice cream sandwiches that have been featured in the Oprah magazine.

March’s special ice cream flavors include Peanut Butter Dream, Irish Cream Flake, Candied Coconut, Malted Vanilla with Pecan Toffee and Seely’s Peppermint Patty along with the usual suspects — Cookies and Cream, etc. (Ask about pricing).