Bored by the same old breakfast day after day? Maybe it’s time for a morning meal that channels dessert.
These aren’t necessarily dishes you’d want to eat all the time, but they’re just the splurge for a special occasion — say, Mother’s Day — or a routine meal you want to feel like a special occasion.
Coconut macaroon waffle at Blue Duck Tavern
Anyone else have a weakness for those canned coconut macaroons in the kosher aisle of the grocery store? If you do, or if you're a fan of, say, Mounds bars, this is a waffle you're going to want to try. The base is a buttermilk waffle, which is dipped in dark chocolate and then rolled in shredded coconut. Next comes a garnish of coconut macaroon crumble, caramelized bananas, lime zest and a drizzle of toffee sauce. $19. 1201 24th St. NW.
French toast s'mores at Co Co. Sala
There's no campfire required for this decadent dish. It's also more impressive-looking than the ol' Hershey bar, Jet-Puffed Marshmallow and Honey Maid graham cracker sandwich most of us are used to. The chocolate-themed restaurant pulls out all the stops on this brunch plate, including a large hollowed-out wedge of cinnamon brioche stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate. A marshmallow, square of chocolate, mousse-topped graham cracker and bananas in caramel round out the picture. $15. 929 F St. NW.
Tiramisu oatmeal at Baba
The subterranean bar under Ambar in Clarendon is much more glam than your typically breakfast spot, so perhaps it's fitting that it offers a fancy take on oatmeal. The large bowl of porridge — so large it could probably feed two with a couple of warm beverages — channels the flavors of tiramisu with espresso mascarpone and dark chocolate granola. A large dollop of almond butter along with some maple syrup prunes might make you feel slightly less guilty and push this into more legitimate breakfast territory. $8. 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Carrot cake pancakes at the Original Pancake House
The jump from cake to pancakes is not a huge one, as this dish proves. What you get is six buttermilk pancakes, with shredded carrot in the cinnamon- and nutmeg-spiced batter. There's also a scattering of pecans and, of course, a side of cream cheese icing. $11.50. 7703 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 12224 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 7395 Lee Hwy., Falls Church.