Leslie Knope, as played by Amy Poehler in NBC’s dearly departed sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” is a role model. She’s a devoted public servant for the town of Pawnee, Indiana; a steadfast friend; and the creator of “Galentine’s Day,” a holiday on the eve of Valentine’s Day for female friends to celebrate each other over fine breakfast foods. Knope is also someone who, canonically, eats $1,000 in waffles in a year, according to one episode. Now that life has imitated art and Galentine’s Day has crossed over into the real world — look no further than the various events celebrating the holiday in Austin — we thought Feb. 13 would be as good a time as any to grab a Belgian-style treat.

You can’t swing a bouquet of roses in this town without hitting a diner that serves pancakes, but waffles can be surprisingly tricky to track down. We’ve rounded up some of notable spots you can find the distinctively patterned food in town on Galentine’s Day (or during the week year-round). Some are as sweet as the candy you’ll likely receive on Feb. 14; some come with fried chicken. Hours included are for Wednesdays only; check the restaurants' websites for hours on other days of the week. This list is not meant to be definitive, but it is meant to be delicious.

1431 Cafe. “Texas-sized” waffles and a panoply of other early morning breakfast options up north. (601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 300, Cedar Park, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 1431cafe.com)

1886 Cafe & Bakery. A little Driskill-style elegance to go with your Texas-shaped pecan waffle, topped off with berries, bananas, jam and powdered sugar. Open for breakfast and lunch. (604 Brazos St., 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; driskillhotel.com/dining/1886-cafe-bakery)

24 Diner. When you think of grabbing a waffle in Central Austin, this is what comes to mind. Fluffy Belgian pillows dripping in maple syrup and brown sugar butter. It's a missed opportunity to not get the chicken, honestly, but you can also fly with a solo waffle or a waffle sandwich. (600 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 200, open 24 hours; 24diner.com)

Blue Dahlia Bistro. Of course one of the chillest go-to places to meet up with friends has a vanilla Belgian waffle with the berries, syrup and powdered sugar you’re looking for. Breakfast is served all day, because it’s the right thing to do. (1115 E. 11th St., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; 3663 Bee Cave Road in West Lake Hills, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; 107 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; bluedahliabistro.com)

Caroline. A downtown chicken and waffles option, with plenty of other breakfast choices if you decide to go rogue. (621 Congress Ave., breakfast menu served 6-11 a.m.; carolinerestaurant.com)

Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches. For the Galentine’s Day on the go, a chicken and waffle “breakfast taco.” (2129 E. 7th St.; 6539 Burnet Road; both locations open 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; flyritechicken.com)

The Funkadelic. This locally owned South Austin brunch food joint serves … *squints* … why yes, that does say “churros waffles,” with horchata whipped cream and powdered sugar. We need to sit down for a second. (4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Unit 101 A, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; thefunkadelic.com)

Jim’s Restaurant. Provided you don’t mind inviting the guy in a cowboy hat who's stamped on your waffle to your Galentine’s Day brunch. (9091 Research Blvd., open 24 hours; 7101 Texas 71 W, open 24 hours; 12832 Research Blvd., 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; jimsrestaurants.com)

Lucy’s Fried Chicken. Take a pass on the bucket of drumsticks at the local chain’s lakeside spot this time and order a Belgian-style waffle with fruit, cinnamon honey butter and syrup. Oh, and chicken on top. For a belated holiday observance, Lucy’s South Congress and Burnet shops also serve waffles on their weekend brunch menus, the former with jalapeño honey butter and coffee syrup. (2900 RM 620 N, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; lucysfriedchicken.com)

Mary’s Cafe. Truly the waffle lover’s dream, with a head-spinning variety of Liège waffles to choose from, all made with vanilla-flavored yeast dough and coated in caramelized sugar. There’s the Mary Had a Little Ham (a banana-stuffed waffle with peanut butter and bacon), the Mary Street (a cinnamon sugar waffle with sweet cream cheese and chocolate sauce) and more. Or, you could build your own. (3209 Red River St., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; maryscafeatx.com)

Max’s Wine Dive. The Belgian waffle here comes with some heat: jalapeño buttermilk chicken wings. (207 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. 200, 11 a.m.-midnight; maxswinedive.com)

Mimi’s Cafe. A proper breakfast option, at one of the chain’s two Austin-area locations. Malted berry waffles for the whole table. (10515 N. MoPac Blvd., Building O; 4151 Interstate 35 N, Round Rock; 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; mimiscafe.com)

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill. You’ll have to make it a lunch or dinner party to enjoy the Southern comfort joint’s chicken and waffles with lemon butter and chipotle cream gravy. (303 Red River St., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; 10525 W. Parmer Lane, 4-10 p.m.; moonshinegrill.com)

The Rolling Rooster. Don’t want chicken with your waffle? That’s fine. This place offers combos with fish or shrimp, too. (13717 MoPac Service Road, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; 100 S. 12th St., Pflugerville, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; therollingrooster.com)

Waffle House. … did you need us to write something here? (7809 E Ben White Blvd.; 8800 U.S. 290 E; both locations open 24 hours; wafflehouse.com)

Wayside. Waffles aren't just a breakfast food at this trailer behind Back Lot off Guadalupe Street. Caprese waffle, anyone? (606 Maiden Lane, 3 p.m.-midnight; facebook.com/waysideatx)

Wild Chix & Waffles. Creative takes on the classic grid, like the What the Cluck (a waffle with maple-glazed fried chicken, tartar sauce, alfalfa sprouts and a sunny-side-up egg) and the Gone Bananas (a golden waffle with Nutella and bananas). (7714 Burnet Road, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; wildchixwaffles.com)

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