Your guide to some of the fluffiest, butteriest, sweetest waffles in Dayton

This breakfast food was not made, but designed. It was designed to hold perfectly melted buttery pockets, puddles of syrup and pouches of sweet jams.

Behold, the waffle.

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Friday, Aug. 24 is National Waffle Day here in the United States. With no shortage of quality waffle joints in the area, Dayton is ready to celebrate this day 365 days a year.  

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We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite restaurants and diners serving up this sticky delicacy to help you decide where you should dig in.  

As hard as our tastebuds tried, it’s possible we haven’t discovered all of Dayton’s best waffles. If we missed your go-to waffle stop in the area, let us know at and we’ll be sure to add it to the list!

🌞Ghostlight Coffee

1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton

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Catering to its vegan customers and the everyday waffle lover, Ghostlight Coffee shop recently added a $3 grab-n-go waffle to its menu. The shop sells many fresh-baked goods every day, however, these waffles are extra special because they’re made from scratch by Ghostlight.

🌞Butter Cafe 

1106 Brown St., Dayton

Butter Cafe gets it right with its gluten-free waffle for $7.95. It’s also cooked to a perfect golden color that’s then topped off with a shower of powdered sugar. 

🌞First Watch 

2824 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Dayton — multiple locations

Served up classic Belgian style, all of First Watch cafe’s many Dayton locations offer a light and airy waffle topped with warm, berry compote. 

🌞Lily’s Bistro

329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Lily’s Bistro is out to grill the rest of the waffle competition by having an actual “Waffle of the Day.” The menu is updated daily, so you’ll have to check Lily’s website to see what the day’s special is. An example of a signature Lily’s waffle of the day is white chocolate chip waffle and cranberries with cranberry syrup and whipped cream.

🌞Hasty Tasty Pancake House

3509 Linden Ave., Dayton

Perhaps the only place in Dayton to score a caramel apple waffle, the Hasty Tasty will do you no wrong. 

The War Pig sandwich from Drunken Waffle, Twisted Taco. (Contributed)

🌞Drunken Waffle Food Truck

This beloved Dayton food truck is famous for its waffle sandwiches, including the War Pig. The War Pig should be on everyone’s bucket list. You can find this food truck at festivals and food truck events across the region.

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On Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. food trucks including The Drunken Waffle, EAT, Son of a Biscuit, El Meson and Ghostlight Coffee served their best breakfast and lunch dishes for Brunch! A Food Truck Rally. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY (Tom Gilliam)

🌞WORTH THE DRIVE: Bourbon’s Craft Kitchen

This destination in Middletown for craft beer includes a Belgian waffle sandwich (with pepperjack and bacon) for lunch, Chicken and Waffles for dinner (Belgian waffles, honey hot chicken tenders, maple syrup) and four varieties of waffles for dessert including S’mores, Caramel, Vanilla and Maple.

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