Celebrated annually on May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day - a national food day that gives you 24 hours to eat anything you want, guilt-free! In my opinion, you should do that every day. But, if you're in need of an excuse, this is your day! So throw caution to the wind: have ice cream for breakfast and pancakes for dinner. It's the day to get crazy with no regrets. Wondering where you should order from first? Look no further than these 10 restaurants in Fairfax County to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Pro Tip: Outside of these options, make sure to join our free Take Out Trail program for the latest deals (for example, 50% off wine!) and info on which restaurants are offering takeout and delivery at this time. 

**Be sure to check with each restaurant to confirm hours of operation or pickup and delivery options.**

1. Ted's Bulletin



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If handmade tarts and milkshakes make your mouth water, you'll love the choices from Ted's Bulletin! Their milkshakes come in a variety of differet flavors - from Caramel Macchiato to Bananas Foster. Craving an adult beverage? They've announced their boozy shakes are now on sale for pickup! 


2. The Virginia Kitchen


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If breakfast food is your fave, the Virginia Kitchen is the holy grail for french toast and waffles! Favorites such as banana nut bread french toast, and their Eskimo Waffle (topped with ice cream!) are sure to bring sweetness into your day. 


3. Dulce Crepes 


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Crepes are the perfect light dessert to kick a craving for sweets! Dulce Crepes is known for whipping up amazing French dessert crepes. Grab the s'more crepes with Nutella and marshmallow,  "Blueberry Blitzer" with ricotta and whipped cream, or even choose to make your own. They also have gluten-free and vegan options for those with dietary restrictions.


4. The Pie Gourmet


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The Pie Gourmet offers handmade pies from scratch and has been crafting them with love since 1988.  I have to admit, my mouth watered at the sight of their Raspberry-Peach pie. I know what I'll be having! 


5. Maggy McFly's 


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When it comes to dessert, Maggie McFly's means business. Don't believe me? How about ordering the Titanic: 2 warm lava cakes, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, walnuts, gummy worms, chocolate, strawberry, and caramel sauce. Doesn't that sound like a mouthful!? If something more simple is your style, they also offer handspun shakes, s'mores, carrot cake, tiramisu, and a variety of cupcakes! 

Hot Tip: Get 10% off the total bill at Maggie Mcfly's by joining the Takeout Trail for free! 


6. Nothing Bundt Cakes


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When it comes to cake, Nothing Bundt Cakes is no stranger to the scene: they've been baking amazing desserts for over 20 years! Order a large cake or a few tiny ones to try different flavors. BUT be advised - once you start eating, it'll be hard to stop!


7. Victoria's Cakery 


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What’s not to love about freshly baked goods? Victoria's Cakery is a second-generation family-owned and operated bakery that's been serving up treats since 1984. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies - you name it. 


8. 29 Diner


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Hands down one of the best milkshakes I've ever had in Fairfax is at 29 Diner. They are HUGE - good luck finishing it in one sitting.

Sidenote: Their ribs are also amazing. 


9. Iron Ice Co.


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Iron Ice brings Asia's well-known desserts to Northern VA, and is the only dessert shop specializing in the puffle waffle ice cream cones (pictured above)! With TONS of ice cream selections and topping options from cotton candy to Cookie Crisp cereal, you'll definitely unleash your inner child with their sweet treats. 


10. Pastry Xpo 


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Pastry Xpo is a family owned cafe located in Falls Church, serving the best in coffee, pastries, cakes, cupcakes, and more. Whether you want tiny macarons and eclairs, or larger-than-life cakes, they'll have exactly what you're craving. 


What will you be having on National Eat What You Want Day? Let us know in the comments below!