The Best Pancakes in America


As a child, we become huge fans of those fluffy, soft, golden-brown pancakes served during breakfast. What joy it is to lather the thick, gleaming syrup, watching it cascade over stacks of pancakes. And who has not tried making one? Misshapen pancakes forced to other family members, we have great memories of our first tries in making these delicious cakes. And if youve managed to let a pancake fly as you tried flipping it over in the pan, then welcome to the happy and huge club of pancake aficionados. Dont worry though, as there are lots of places to try them.

Chosen for their creativity, toppings and filling, here are some of the best places in America where you can satisfy your cravings for this simple yet delightful cake which, though it has been enhanced, flavored, and changed in countless ways, remains everybodys favorite.

The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont

The Best Pancakes in America

Founder Ted Murphys mantra is “food for here,” so they only get the best-and freshest-ingredients from local farms. Organic lovers will surely delight in this place and their organic, wheat flour buttermilk pancakes, served with Vermont maple syrup and Cabot butter. Its a quaint, retro-style diner which will appeal to many. And if you think thats not enough, you can also order Vermont Liberty Tea Companys fruit-lavender brew. When its harvest season, Champlain Orchards cold apple cider will surely quench your thirst. Nothings as fresh and clean as this. For sides, you can try Vermont Smoke and Cure ham steak, or maple sausages.

Stanley in New Orleans

The Best Pancakes in America

Along Jackson Square in the French Quarter is a new eatery. You will surely be charmed by the soda fountain counter, where you can swing your legs while sitting on the swivel stool, waiting for your stack of pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Steens cane syrup-the local sweetener that has that molasses kick. And since youre in New Orleans, if you can, order the Eggs Stella-soft shell crabs on top of poached eggs with Creole hollandaise. The best sides are Bloody Mary and that spicy bowl of P&Js oyster, shrimp, and andouille sausage gumbo.

Hawaiian Style Café in Big Island, Hawaii

The Best Pancakes in America

Want the biggest pancakes? This place will give it to you. In the town of Waimea, locals love this place for their Loco Moco-hamburger patties over rice, with grilled onions, fried egg and gravy. Naturally, the serving is huge as well. All items on the menu can be lathered with gravy or paired with a fried egg, including the Pancake Sandwich which is the size of a platter-two-stack pancakes with whipped butter and coconut syrup. For other must-tries, go for the fried rice, Spam and Portuguese sausages.

The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon

The Best Pancakes in America

Famous for its air-filled Dutch Baby Pancake which is something like a volcano crater with white (sugar powder) frosting on top, The Original Pancake House in downtown Portland is where the very first store of the local franchise is found. Batter choice may leave you a bit dizzy, as you can choose from wheat germ to buck wheat. There are also Swedish pancakes which have lingonberries, and potato latkes have sour cream or cinnamon applesauce.

Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina

The Best Pancakes in America

A corner in Rutledge Avenue is Hominy Grill, which locals have been patronizing since 1996. Chef Robert Stehlings biscuits and breakfast shrimp will remind you of those childhood breakfasts your mom or grandma used to make for you. Buttermilk pancakes are served with apple maple syrup and pecan butter. But theres more: fried green BLT and crab soup are some of the local favorites. Pitchers of sweet tea help quench the thirst. Sausage gravy and cheese grits will go well with your flapjacks.

Lula in Chicago

The Best Pancakes in America

Buying fresh ingredients from local farms, this hip café is known for its “griddle cake,” and everyone comes back for them because from time to time, ingredients change. Seasons may dictate what sort of pancakes will be served-during winter, you might find stone fruit preserves and maple sabayon, while summer will yield grape jam, poached raisins and spiced crème anglaise. Health buffs will delight over the fact that healthy breakfasts like scrambled tofu, and oatmeal with dried cherries are served every day, but during the weekend, lemon and pistachio bread pudding with strawberry rhubarb preserves may sound complicated, but will surely be a delight on the tongue. Sides like apple-maple-sage sausage and nitrate-free Gunthorp Farms bacon are best.

Lake Placid Lodge in New York

The Best Pancakes in America

If you want your breakfast while facing a beautiful view, look for none other than Lake Placid Lodge. With Whiteface Mountain as your view, buttermilk pancakes will be served on handcrafted wooden tables. They are light and crisp, and are made from free-range eggs from local farms. Maple syrup is from South Meadows Farms. New York is actually the largest producer of maple syrup, and not Vermont. For sides, try their cider-cured, applewood-smoked bacon.

The Downyflake in Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Best Pancakes in America

Popular with the locals because of their homemade doughnuts, they are also famous for their plain pancakes. If you prefer, pancakes can be served with cranberries and blueberries. You can also try their raisin bread French toast. And since pure maple syrup is a premium here, be prepared to pay extra. For their specialty, try their hot cinnamon doughnut.

Prune in New York City

The Best Pancakes in America

A small café on the Lower East Side, Prune is inspired largely by traditional American dishes. The Dutch Style jumbo blueberry pancake thats served with Canadian bacon, sour cream, and sprinkled with powdered sugar is definitely a must-try. There are ten different kinds of Bloody Mary, and theres the dry-aged rib eye grilled with shallot-parsley butter, paired with a couple of eggs. Be prepared for a long wait though, as Prune is always crammed with people during dinner, and weekend brunch is almost impossible. Still, the wait and perseverance will pay off, when you get a taste of their lovely food.

By Journey ETC



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